Some businesses in Sonoma County have had to deal with the effects of recent inclement weather.
Several local restaurants, wineries and hotels have had to close for the past few days after storms hit hard on Monday. We are lifting off the ground to prevent water damage and mobilizing employees to help remove property.
Here’s how some businesses in Sonoma County are affected by the storm.
Krista Lütke, owner of Boone Hotel + Spa, said the facility was closed for the normally scheduled 10-day winter vacation, with an additional three days closed due to the weather.
The facility has suffered some flooding and minimal damage, and the storm is keeping customers away, she said. The hotel also lost power for about 24 hours.
Boone’s reopening, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed to Friday.
“This is constantly hitting small businesses, small businesses, and, frankly, employees hard,” she said. “I have employees who are struggling with being out of work for a few days, but it’s not just me. It’s happening across the board and all over town.”
Rio Nido Roadhouse owner Brad Metzger said his restaurant has gone from worrying about flooding and damage to clearing spaces and getting ready for Wednesday night.
Restaurants reopened Tuesday afternoon, and crews have just finished cleaning up a “large, waterlogged mess” from the storm.
“We lost power on the first or second day, but they restored our power very quickly,” he said.
Metzger closed his restaurant for seven days due to a storm that also affected his employees.
“These employees rely on tips every day,” he said. “When it’s not open, it starts retreating every day.”
Barlow was hit particularly hard in 2019 when water from Laguna de Santa Rosa overtook the area following a series of severe storms.
But Kosho Restaurant owner Jake Rand says that wasn’t the case with the recent downpours.
Still, the storm, in a typical January lull, reduced restaurant traffic, but the impact of the storm was not significant.
“It was an ominous prediction that many people spent the last nine to 10 days preparing for the worst-case scenario,” he said.
“We actually kept the power on the whole time…the forecast for water was a little high, which caused some uncertainty and anxiety about staffing and ordering, but other than that it was inconvenient. There were no problems.”
Jordan Kivelstadt expects $40,000 to $50,000 in lost profits due to the storm.
He was due to reopen his Sonoma winery, Kibelstadt Cellars & Weingarten, on January 4th, after the usual holidays, but rain delayed the opening by three days.
But then the road leading to his property was closed on Saturday, he said. He hasn’t worked a day since the roads reopened Wednesday afternoon.
“Monday was really hairy,” Kiberstadt said.
His winery at 22900 Broadway Avenue is prone to floods and road closures. He’s trying to get reimbursed through flood insurance, which he said covers property damage, not business interruption. He pays $11,000 a year for $500,000 insurance as requested by the lender.
About 150 people are expected to attend the wine tasting at the Kibelstadt property this weekend. However, he and other local business owners fear a large storm expected later this week will lead to further impacts and closures.
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Sonoma Index-Tribune Staff Writer Rebecca Wolff contributed to this article.
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