With school starting this week local businesswoman Suzie Nelson wants to encourage students who choose to put forth the effort to make good grades with a free Suzie burger at Suzie's Cafe in Sterling.
Since opening Suzie's a year and a half ago, Nelson and her husband Jim have been amazed at how busy the little Cafe has become, serving as many as 400 meals a day during the summer tourist season, "It all boils down to being there and making it a hands-on business, from making the chowder and the gravies to doing the cleaning, being there is important," said Nelson. Jim and Suzie Nelson opened their first successful restaurant, Papa Murphy's Pizza, in Soldotna in December of 1999, and since then have employed a lot of local high school students, "Education is important, I emphasize that to all the kids that work for us, I tell them that school comes first," said Suzie.
Now the Nelson's are challenging all area middle and high school students to set a goal of reaching a 3.5 or above grade point average in the coming quarter, "It's important to get off to a good start when school first begins, so come November any student that brings their report card in with a 3.5 or better we'll treat to a free burger on the house," said Suzie. Nelson says there really is no secret to her popular burgers, just pure, fresh beef. The Nelson's also look forward to meeting the kid's families and celebrating the effort that families put forward to help students succeed. Good Luck and welcome back to school.
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