Essential services allowed in Big Sur amid Highway 1 closure

More essential services are permitted in Big Sur. Monterey County has called to let these services in because Highway 1 is still closed to fight the Colorado Fire. That’s good news for some Big Sur businesses. Access to these essential services will help make some businesses less constrained. Owners and employees said they were looking forward to finally being able to receive much-needed deliveries. . The Nepenthe restaurant remained open during the fire, but is only doing about 10% of its business this time of year due to the closure of Highway 1. Nepenthe has started to see some vendors bring in essential services like gas, propane and mail. They are experiencing no food shortages, but the highway closure is impacting access to the iconic restaurant. Gafill said: “We’re really looking to get our staff in and it’s been a real challenge unless they’re taking the four to five hour drive down south.” And if we can get our people through and restore public access, we’ll be in much better shape.” At the Big Sur River Inn General Store, they came dangerously close to running out of propane, after losing power during the Chris Martino, an employee of the Big Sur River Inn General Store, said: “Luckily the power is back on so the propane isn’t really needed, but for the community it is. We have a gas station and people have been coming in all week for propane, they all have generators and other needs.” Tuesday’s deliveries are good news for the River Inn which was running out of basic necessities. fresh food, for the restaurant to keep running they need fresh food. You can only go for a few weeks until you run out of food,” Martino said.

More essential services are permitted in Big Sur. Monterey County has called to let these services in because Highway 1 is still closed to fight the Colorado Fire. That’s good news for some Big Sur businesses.

Access to these essential services will help make some businesses less constrained. Owners and employees said they were eager to finally receive the much-needed deliveries.

“Right now we’re trying to get fish, which is quite perishable. If that happens, it’ll be great,” Nepenthe restaurant owner Kirk Gafill said.

The Nepenthe restaurant remained open during the fire, but is only doing about 10% of its business this time of year due to the closure of Highway 1.

Nepenthe has started to see some vendors bringing in essential services like gas, propane, and mail. They are experiencing no food shortages, but the highway closure is impacting access to the iconic restaurant.

Gafill said: “We’re really looking to integrate our staff and it’s been a real challenge unless they’re taking the four to five hour drive down south.” And if we can get our people through and restore public access, we’ll be in much better shape.”

At the Big Sur River Inn General Store, they ran dangerously close to propane, after losing power during the fire.

Chris Martino, an employee of the Big Sur River Inn General Store, said: “Luckily the power is back on so the propane isn’t really needed, but for the community it is. We have a gas station and people come in all week to get propane, they all have generators and other needs.”

Tuesday’s deliveries are good news for the River Inn, which was short of basic necessities.

“It’s mostly our restaurant that relies on fresh food, to run the restaurant they need fresh food. You can only stay for a few weeks until you run out of food” , said Martino.

Michelle J. Kelley