At the end of the month, Troy Gerding will take over the Piemont Restaurant in Mount Shasta, which has been in his family for 68 years. Not much will be changing, he said. They’ll still be serving traditional Italian food, using the recipes handed down through five generations from his great grandmother, Josephine Regis. Customers will continue to enjoy the same comforting family atmosphere that the restaurant has kept since its opening in 1940 as a dance hall, bar, and hotel.
Originally named the ‘Piemonte,’ at some point it was changed to Piemont in order to make it more American sounding, said the current owner, Judy Cottini, Gerding’s mother.
“Around 1946 or 1947 Josephine’s oldest daughter, Annie, and her husband Victor Favero took the Piemont over, turning it into a restaurant and a boarding house,” she said.
The boarding house was filled with men who worked at the Roseburg mill, which was located just across the street, as well as loggers and baseball players who came to Mount Shasta for games between town teams.
In the early 1970s, the restaurant was passed down to Annie’s daughter, Josie, and her husband, John Baldini. They ran it until 1993, until Cottini bought it from her first cousin. Now that she and her husband Louie are retiring, Cottini says she feels good about having her son take over the family business.
 “People were scared that if the restaurant sold, it would change,” said Gerding, “but we want to assure them it won’t.” In fact, the Piemont will not be closing for the month of January, as is tradition. “We will be open for January this year, and the only thing I’m changing a bit is the lounge.”
Two flat screen televisions will be added, and Gerding is busy creating an appetizer menu in order to make the Piemont Lounge a new place to unwind after a day’s work.
Gerding, whose first job was washing dishes and busing tables at his families’ business, said he’s looking forward to continuing tradition, serving up authentic Italian to hungry customers.
“People come up to me and say that they used to eat here as a kid, and now they bring their own families in,” Gerding said. “I’m going to make sure those traditions can continue.”