A new chapter is unfolding for the elegant Sequoia at the Bee-Bennett House at 643 Bee St. in Placerville.
For the last 10 years it has been known as the place to go for dinner, Sunday brunch, comedy nights, salsa dance lessons, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter Brunch, Mother’s Day, a special event and weddings.
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Sequoia will be under new management. Nello and Danica Olivo are retiring from the restaurant business and turning the reins over to Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Centers. The well-known business owned by John and Linda Zaruka has 16 locations throughout the state. Bill Zaruka, their son, will manage the operation.
“Things will change and many things will remain the same,” Nello Olivo said.
“The new business owners will bring more commerce to the area and create more jobs. We will continue to own the building and have the Nello Olivo wine tasting room downstairs,” Olivo added.
Many staff members will remain in their positions and will be welcoming brides and grooms and party goers on an ongoing basis.
At present the historical Bee-Bennett House may be seen on the Wedgewood Banquet Center Website as Wedgewood Gold Country, location No. 17 for the company.
Prior to that the stately Victorian was home to the Placerville Elks Lodge No. 1712 and before that the residence of Judge Marcus P. Bennett and his wife Mary and their children. The Bennetts purchased the home in 1889. It was constructed by businessman Col. Frederick Bee in 1853.