Rumor has it at the lake
I heard theyre draining Lake Tahoe next week to paint the bottom red.I heard that Tom Cruise is baptizing baby Suri in the Truckee River.I heard [ENTER TAHOE CITY BUSINESS NAME HERE] is closing and that Tahoe City is dying.A rumor, as defined by Webster, is a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts. And as small communities would have it, rumors indeed are circulating about Tahoe City restaurants and businesses.Many, if not most, of the traveling reports are unfounded and simply not true. Restaurants such as Sol y Lago, Christy Hill, Rocks Rotisserie, Sawtooth Ridge Cafe and Sierra Vista Lakefront Dining that have been grist in the rumor mill are all, in fact, still open for business as usual.Weve had a strong summer and developed a great local following. Were looking forward to seeing a lot more of the locals for our great off-season specials, said Katie Monk, manager at Sol y Lago.A number of the restaurants will close their doors for a couple weeks this fall for cleaning, maintenance and to give employees a rest from the busy summer. They will, however, re-open in time for the holiday season.We have no plans to close, said Sawtooth Ridge Cafe owner Nanci Davis. Actually, were feeling pretty good this month because weve done so well.”None of the managers or owners could explain the rumors of their demise, other than to comment on other news in their restaurant. Sierra Vista has been for sale for almost a year, and has two potential buyers, said bar manager Seth Kaikainahaole. And the owner of Christy Hill, Debbie Macrorie, was recently married.Maybe it feels like Tahoe City is collapsing. From Pierce St. closing, everyone thinks everywhere is closing, Kaikainahaole said. If all these place are closing, Tahoe City will only be real estate offices and mortgage brokers.Pierce St. Annex, a long-time Tahoe City watering hole and dance club, will host its final night this Saturday. And Painted Rock Pottery & Mosaic Studio and Rainbow Bridge Too closed for business at the end of August. The original Rainbow Bridge remains open.The owner of Painted Rock, Laura Seligman, said that summer business was great, and that even though she is moving out of her Cobblestone space, she hopes to keep the summer business going.Ive been working for nine years to make it work for it. But now I need to make it work for me, Seligman said.While rumors will continue to fly, most of the gossip appears to be unfounded. Winter business in Tahoe City is admittedly difficult for some, but most of the local owners and managers report a profitable summer.Its tough, I must admit. [There are] not that many locals. Its not easy, said Graham Rock, the owner of Rocks Rotisserie, Grahams and Chambers Landing. Tahoe City needs as much business as possible to revive itself. Support local businesses – we need your support.
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