Sierra Vista to close its doors after all |

Sierra Vista to close its doors after all

Alex Close/Sierra SunHeather Baird, a bartender and server at Sierra Vista in Tahoe City, which will close with a farewell party Sept. 24, said she is sad to see the longtime dining spot call it quits.

Following a slew of rumors regarding Tahoe City business closures, Sierra Vista Lakefront Dining will indeed have its final hoorah Sept. 24.

Sierra Vista has been on the market for nearly two years now, and had a of couple prospective buyers, said Wayne Smith, the owner since 2000. But the restaurant did not sell after all, and Smith will close his doors for business in just a couple weeks.

“Going on into another long, slow season is not the best thing for us right now,” he said.

Smith only speculated as to reasons why the potential buyers chose not to invest. It could have been due to rumors of Tahoe City dying, because the property is difficult or a combination of both, he said.

Regardless, the restaurant will be missed, particularly by those who enjoyed working for Smith.

“This was my first job when I moved here,” said Jaleh Evans, a Sierra Vista waitress for three years. “[Everyone’s] pretty much like a family. It’s pretty sad we’re splitting up and going different ways. It’s sad splitting up a family.”

Heather Baird, previously a Sierra Vista customer and also a bartender and server since January, agreed.

“I’ll be sad to see it close,” she said. “It’s just a staple to the community. It’ll be sad to see everyone displaced. It’ll be interesting to see where everyone goes. We hope that everyone will join us for our closing party on the 24th.”

The last day for regular business is Sept. 23, with a farewell party scheduled the following day from 3 to 7 p.m. Local band the Beergardeners will play their final Sierra Vista show.

The Sierra Vista staff will miss both the restaurant and their boss.

“Wayne’s a great guy and I wish him all the luck,” said Evans.

Smith has lived in the North Tahoe area for 16 years, and will relocate to the Sierra foothills.

“I’m ready for a winter that doesn’t consist of snow,” he said.

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