At Buster's, veterans eat for free. On the 11th of each month, the businesses on Main St. are dotted with American flags, following Paul and Amy Tocco's footsteps in offering a "thank you" day for veterans. And now, the Tocco's have gotten a thank you of their own.
The Main Street America Network, an affiliate of Oregon's Main Street Program, has awarded Buster's the Leadership Award at the organization's national convention held in Pittsburgh, PA.
"Strong Main Street communities succeed because of small businesses like Buster’s,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “A place like Buster’s is so much more than just a café; it’s a community anchor, employer, and a gathering place for residents. Citizens like Paul and Amy Tocco, the owners of Buster’s, exemplify what Main Street is all about.”
Buster's was nominated for the award, which hasn't had a recipient in several years, by local businesses and organizations.
"Paul Tocco breathes innovation and seeks ways to revitalize the Main Street District that will provide significant, lasting impact," wrote Ruth Linoz, executive director of South Lane Wheels in her recommendation.