MIDDLE POINT — Rambler’s Roost won’t be closing after all.
The Niese family has purchased the Middle Point truck-stop and diner, an old-fashioned 24-hour establishment on Lincoln Highway which was slated to close this summer.
The diner will now be known as The Bear’s Den. But the Niese family intends to operate The Bear’s Den under the same hours, atmosphere and menu as Rambler’s Roost, albeit with a few upgrades and new offerings.
“We wanted to own our own restaurant,” said Lisa Niese, who manages The Bear’s Den alongside her husband, Brent, and his father Mike Niese. “We didn’t want to see it shut down.”
The truck stop and diner was founded in 1951 by the Conrad family, who later sold Conrad's to Susan Thompson and Penny “P.J.” Burnett around 2000. Thompson and Burnett decided to close the diner this summer as the duo sought retirement. The Niese family purchased the establishment and took over operations on Monday.