Allison and Dane Millner, owners of Sierra Subs, and Molly Lawson, owner of Sage Roots, can’t wait to welcome everyone in to see and enjoy the total makeover they have given the place. But for the time being that will have to wait until a date still unknown.
In the meantime, both businesses have opened take-out windows for those who venture out seeking healthy and tasty alternatives to cooking at home (Sierra Subs) or organic produce, smoothies, juices, and kombucha (Sage Roots).
Allison admits this is not exactly what they had envisioned for the opening of their new location but they can assure everyone that the utmost care will be taken to ensure the safety of their customers and employees alike. Sierra Subs/Sage Roots
“We’re just so glad we’re finally open,” she said. And from the line that formed at their take-out window on Friday, April 10 (at intervals of 6 feet marked by tape), there are a lot of people who agree.
River View Restaurant under new ownership
If you’ve been to the River View Restaurant and Lounge in the last couple of years, chances are you already know the new owners. If you’ve been to Karaoke night at the View, your odds of knowing this couple go way up.
The new owners, David McDermott and Lisa Bonds, never missed Karaoke nights being regulars at the popular Three Rivers watering hole. Lisa has been a prize-winning Karaoke performer and with David, they’ve often performed duets. So look for that tradition to continue, and others, too, like Taco Tuesdays.
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Lisa has actually worked at River View for the past two years. They are both excited to reopen but welcomed the downtime — that’s been a necessity due to the State of California’s order to close bars and dine-in restaurants due to COVID-19 — to get everything ready. McDermott said the food will be even better and they are focusing on faster service especially during the busy season.
Rex and Dorletta Hildebrand, the owners of River View for the past 20 years, had planned to shutter the place for a few weeks so the kitchen could be remodeled. As a part of the deal, Rex and Dorletta will complete the kitchen remodel as planned.
But what’s new won’t stop there. The old bar has been moved from in front of the windows to accommodate more seating and give the bartenders more room. Gone are the pizza ovens that “took up too much space” and made working in the kitchen, especially in summer, a hot proposition.
The new owners said more won’t change than will, and it will continue to be the Three Rivers place where everybody knows your name. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed but the couple did say Rex and Dorletta were very accommodating.
Lisa and David will announce their reopening plans as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted from bars and restaurants.
Weather watch: Awesome April
During mid March, local rain gauges were parked at or below six inches and the wet season looked like there was little prospect for anything but ending up as one of the driest seasons on record. But a few days later, the dominant ridge of high pressure began to show cracks, and forecasters saw models suggesting a recovery of sorts. Some water-watchers saw the changes as a March miracle parked off the California coast.
Some of that moisture did come ashore but the three inches of rainfall that skirted Kaweah Country was uplifting but not miraculous. Then starting Monday, April 6, three more inches of rainfall came in a series of new storms, and suddenly April has taken a turn toward awesome.
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The early March total of six inches has doubled to 12.2 inches, and there’s a chance in the next seven days to get some more. Northern California is below average in precipitation for the season while most areas in the state from Santa Barbara southward are above average. Three Rivers and Kaweah Country are, as usual, somewhere smack dab in the middle.
The storminess early this week dumped two to three feet of snow in Grant Grove and Giant Forest and even more in the higher elevations. Where snow is falling on bare ground it won’t last and does little to add to the season’s water content. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is averaging from 52 to 69 percent of normal depending on location.
In terms of rainfall, the Three Rivers 30-year norm is 20 inches, so Kaweah Country still has a ways to go to reach that standard. But in the midst of a recurring drought cycle, a recovery from six inches to 12 inches in three weeks is nothing short of miraculous.
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