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Marshawn Lynch prevents Oakland restaurant closing by buying it

Marshawn Lynch’s celebrated return to the NFL to play for his hometown Oakland Raiders continues to be one of the better story lines of the offseason.

And now comes word that Lynch has stepped up to prevent a landmark Oakland-area restaurant from closing by purchasing it.

FOX 2 KTVU reports that Lynch has agreed to take over the operation of Scend’s Restaurant and Bar, a popular soul food restaurant that’s been in business since 1967, from retiring owner and operator Cassie Nickelson, who will turn 80 in August. And Nickelson couldn’t be happier with Lynch buying her beloved business.

“I’m comfortable with him and I like him,” Nickelson said of Lynch, via a KTVU report.

It turns out the two have history with one another from when she was catering out of her Oakland apartment.

“When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger,” Nickelson said.

She’s turning over her liquor and building next month. The menu might stay the same, but there might be some changes in store.

Between acts like this one, among others, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Lynch’s jersey is a top-seller in Oakland, not to mention all along the West Coast and beyond.

Suffice to say, Lynch’s homecoming has been a great story, both on and off the field. How the 31-year-old performs after sitting out the 2016 season remains to be seen. But from what his teammates (here) and coaches (here) have been saying about how he has looked thus far, there’s no reason to count out significant contributions from Lynch in 2017. Perhaps Beast Mode has been fully restored in Oak-Town.