PHOENIX, AZ – JANUARY 27: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade inside U.S. Airways Center on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Apparently Marshawn Lynch will do just about anything he possibly can in order to keep one of his favorite restaurants open for business. He’ll even buy the restaurant if he has to.

Fresh out of a brief retirement from football and getting started with the Oakland Raiders, Lynch caught wind that one of his favorite places to get some good old-fashioned soul food was about to close up shop, with the owner was heading into retirement. Not satisfied with not being able to get his favorite soul dishes, and knowing how many other people would miss the dishes they have come to fancy, Lynch decided to purchase Scend’s Restaurant and Bar in Oakland.

Lynch has long been a regular customer at Scend’s. He grew up going to the place to buy burgers and fries, and over time he came to know owner Cassie Nickelson.

“When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger,” Nickelson said to KTVU. “I’m comfortable with him and I like him.”

There will be some slight changes overall to the restaurant as Lynch takes over in August, like the removal of the liquor from the restaurant’s menu, but the food will remain the same. That’s great news for those who have been a part of Scend’s over the years.

“I’m getting goose bumps. She’ll still be around. She’s been like all of our mother,” restaurant manager Shawny Capla said. “Her heart and the way that she gives back and people don’t even know that she gives back. It’s just amazing.”

It is unknown how big of a role Lynch will play in the day-to-day operations of Scend’s, but it seems a certainty he will stop in for a bite to eat as often as he can. Being the owner has its perks.


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