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Sisters wine bar to close doors

After battling through a tough year of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, followed by staffing shortages, Cork Cellars is closing its doors.

Jeannie Gilgenberg-Buck and Tom Buck made the announcement last week on social media.

“It makes us very sad to announce that after six (mostly) wonderful years, we will be closing our doors. We’ve been honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of this community for the last six years, and will be forever grateful for all of the support that we’ve received. We’ve enjoyed the wonderful people we’ve met, and will miss you all very much. As of now, our last day being open for business will be July 24, but that may change due to changes in staffing availability.”

Jeannie told The Nugget that COVID-19 restrictions on capacity, which the small restaurant couldn’t really adapt to overcome, key staff moving away, and an acute shortage of work staff that has hit virtually every Sisters restaurant made it not viable to carry on. She said the decision was unrelated to a fine imposed by OSHA after the restaurant opened during a time when indoor dining was banned. That fine is under appeal.

The couple took ownership of Cork Cellars in 2015, moving north from Los Angeles.


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