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Solvang restaurant Root 246 shuts down as pandemic drags on

Solvang restaurant Root 246 shuts down as pandemic drags on

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Root 246, known for its farm-to-table cuisine and selection of local wines, is the latest local business to shutter in downtown Solvang, a spokesman for the property confirmed Feb. 11.

The restaurant, located on Alisal Road at the former site of Meadows Restaurant, has been closed since the onset of the pandemic in March. 

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians made the decision to discontinue restaurant operations after purchasing Root 246 in 2007 for an undisclosed amount, according to CEO John Elliott. 

"The tribe remains the owner of the property and is exploring leasing the space to an interested party,” he said in a statement.

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, the tourist-dependent town has reported a loss of at least five businesses within the hospitality industry since March 2020.

Practically nowhere is local love easier to display than here, in Santa Barbara County wine country. Our restaurant menus are often shaped by what is available and in season; what chefs find in their kitchens as a result of local farm deliveries, or relationships with catchers of fish, raisers of cattle, growers of mushrooms, makers of wine, or bakers of breads, cakes and cookies.

FROM THE VINE As soon as February rolls around it always feels like the month of romance. It’s all about sweet pleasures like dining out in special restaurants, wine tasting, Champagne and sparkling wines, and decadent, heart shaped boxes of local, handmade chocolates.

Lisa André covers lifestyles and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record. 

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