Red Bluff restaurant closes again for second time

The Palomino Room is shutting its doors for the second time since the pandemic hit.

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 7:10 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2020 9:33 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Palomino Room is shutting its doors for the second time since the pandemic hit. Palomino Room owner Carlos Zapata tells Action News Now he felt blindsided by the governor’s order.

“We got news of the shutdown [on Monday], the second round of shutdowns bars will close and restaurants will be closed for dine-in services,” said Zapata. “As far as inventory goes we probably would have lost $6,000.”

Zapata didn’t want all his inventory and stock to go to waste.

“We figured we have some inventory to get through,” said Zapata. “We might as well go out with a bang, seeing as we're going to be shut down here for at least three weeks.”

The Palomino Room owner took to Facebook saying "Let's sound off tonight with a party at the pr. We need to sell our inventory before it spoils, so come on in." The post goes on to call Governor Newsom a dictator and said for everyone to drink and give Newsom the middle finger.

But not everyone in Red Bluff agrees with Zapata. Jessie Woods owns Golden Exchange Pawn Shop in Red Bluff and called Monday night’s get-together reckless.

“The thing with him doing what he's doing is that he's actually putting the rest of our businesses in jeopardy,” said Woods. “Last night was reckless, it was absolutely reckless.”

But Zapata tells Action News Now he plans to stay closed because he does not want to risk losing his liquor license.

“Our business model revolves around community and congregation,” said Zapata. “Community and congregation are a big part of our culture.”

Zapata shared with Action News Now that he will not be offering take out services.

In May, the Palomino Room was forced to halt its dine-in services after the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control threatened to pull the restaurant's liquor license.

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