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Longtime restaurateur ready for something new

Carina Evans plans to hang up her business apron to get a job.

The owner of Carina’s Cafe and Catering at the Bijou Center next to Smart & Final just listed her business for sale to gain more leisure time with her family and pursue other personal interests.

She didn’t rule out working as an employee for a new owner.

“I like restaurant work, but I’m open for change,” she said Monday.

Evans marks two pivotal milestones — personally and professionally.

She’s turned 40. And her eatery, which is known to attract many regular customers and to have fed celebrities like football great Marcus Allen, will soon reach its 10th year on the South Shore.

Some customers took the news hard.

“When we first heard, we hoped it wouldn’t sell,” said Dennis Bashaw, a regular customer.

But the investment broker put his appetite aside to accommodate her wishes, placing her restaurant business on the market for $363,500.

“I truly enjoy what I do, and I love my customers. They’re more than customers. They’ve become friends,” she said of what she’ll miss.

Beyond hiking, skiing, going to the beach and spending time with her 14-year-old son, Cory, the single mother longs to see her family in Sweden. She left her homeland at age 18.

“My family means a lot to me. I’ve missed weddings. My grandparents are still around (in Sweden), but they’re getting up there in age,” she said.

Evans moved to Tahoe in 1985, working in sales at the Outdoorsman for two years. But for the majority of her life, she’s worked as a waitress.

She would like to take classes to explore other pursuits, a goal that often caved to the demands of running a restaurant.

Regardless of her professional move, she plans to stay in Tahoe.

“I can’t think of any place I’d rather live,” she said.

— Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com

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