Popular Tuolumne County eateries Diamondback Grill and Standard Pour are up for sale, according to owner Eric Davis.
Davis and his wife, Claudia, recently put the restaurants on the market as part of their plan to gradually work less hours.
"It's simply a matter of saying, at this stage in our career, we would like to slow down just a little bit," he said.
Davis said he is passionate about his career in food service and would like to continue working in the industry, but at a less stressful level.
Approaching its 21st anniversary, Diamondback Grill on Washington Street in downtown Sonora is widely praised for its half-pound hamburgers and large wine selection.
The Standard Pour, which opened nearly two years ago in Standard, is known for the array of craft beers it offers.
Davis does not yet know if anyone is seriously interested in buying the restaurants but intends to be selective about who takes over the businesses.
"I realize that if you sell a business, you no longer have anything to say about it," he said. "My hope is, there'd be another 21 years of continuity of the Diamondback being a fundamental part of the social fabric of Sonora."
Davis said selling a restaurant is difficult and the struggling economy won't make it any easier, but he and his wife are happy to continue running the eateries in the meantime.
The couple developed their exit plan years ago and decided to execute it recently, knowing it would be a gradual process.
Davis said they created the plan to avoid making a capricious decision to sell the businesses out of stress and frustration.
Davis said he and his wife are proud of Diamondback Grill's success and still enjoy being a part of it.
"We're at the top of our game and happy to stay at the top of our game," he said.