Bridgetender owner Chris Park, 60, passes away |

Bridgetender owner Chris Park, 60, passes away

Nick Cruit
Sierra Sun

Chris Park, the 60-year-old owner of the Bridgetender in Tahoe City, passed away Monday morning in Tahoe City.

Placer County Dispatch Supervisor Kelly Hernandez declined to comment out of respect for the family, however no foul play was involved.

Friends gathered at the Bridgetender after hearing the news.

Jeane “Bean” Jitchaku, Bridgetender manager who helped Park open the restaurant in 1977, said he passed away at his home on Old County Road in Tahoe City.

“We have to go on with business as usual,” said Jitchaku. “That’s the way he would have wanted it.”

“He was here with everyone Sunday night having a great time,” said Bridgetender manager Valerie D’Angelo-Hintz. “He was a man larger than life to all of us.”

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Friends are coordinating a memorial service to be held at the Bridgetender, although specific times and dates are still being finalized.