The Black Oak, a sentimental favorite along Interstate 80 in Vacaville for locals and travelers alike, has shut down permanently. (Black Oak Restaurant photo)

After half a century, Vacaville road-trip restaurant the Black Oak closes for good

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For many families, a drive between the Bay Area and Sacramento/Tahoe over the decades often meant a stop at one of the three legendary road-trip restaurants with gift shops off Interstate 80 in Vacaville.

But the original Nut Tree shut down years ago. Then the Coffee Tree closed, leaving the Black Oak as the restaurant of choice for fans of large, homestyle breakfasts and lunches served with a side of nostalgia.

Now the last of the trio is gone. The owners announced this week that the restaurant won’t reopen when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

“It is with a very heavy heart and a saddened spirit that we must inform you that the Black Oak Restaurant will be closing permanently,” the owners posted in a farewell note on the Facebook page. “There have been so many wonderful memories and friendships formed at this restaurant that we are thankful for. … Words cannot express how much we have appreciated all of the support you and our staff have given us. We will miss all of you!”

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