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To preserve The Mountain House's future, owners close longtime Woodside eatery until further notice

Uploaded: Sep 1, 2020
Woodside's longtime Mountain House Restaurant & Bar is joining a growing number of restaurants closing temporarily, their owners hoping to ride out the economic devastation of the coronavirus.

The Mountain House's last day of business until further notice was Sunday, Aug. 30.


The final day of outdoor dining for the foreseeable future at The Mountain House Restaurant & Bar in Woodside on Aug. 30, 2020. Photo via The Mountain House Facebook.

"With all of the changing regulations and restrictions, we feel that our business model (which has been successful for over 30 years!) does not allow us to perform as a fully functional restaurant providing our guests with a stellar, memorable experience," owners Jerry and Lorraine Olson wrote on Facebook. "We don't want to see the Mountain House, with all of its heritage, go by the wayside as one of the establishments lost 'due to COVID-19.'"

They did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Mountain House has served diners among the redwood trees on Skyline Boulevard since 1988. The restaurant reopened for takeout in early June and soon started offering limited outdoor seating.

"We could not have been as successful without all of your support for the past many years (30+) and looking forward to many years ahead," the Olsons wrote on Facebook. "Temporarily closing and stepping back will allow us to figure out the best direction for our future and The Mountain House Restaurant."

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