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Founder of Granzella's Restaurant passes away

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:29:08 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 02 2013 12:40:41 PM CDT
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WILLIAMS, Calif. -

The founder of a Northern California landmark restaurant has died.  Jim Granzella, 84, died Tuesday with his family at his side.  

Since 1976, Granzella's Restaurant has been a well-known stop along Interstate 5 in Williams.

In 2007, the building was destroyed by fire.  The Granzellas rebuilt and reopened less than a year later.

Staff at the restaurant said Granzella had been diagnosed with a blood cancer about a year ago.  He grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Williams in 1976 to open the deli which he later expanded to include the restaurant. 

Granzella is survived by his wife Beverly and three daughters. 

Funeral arrangements for Jim Granzella are pending.