PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
THE SEQUOIA RESTAURANT housed in the historical Bee-Bennet House has been sold, with the new owner taking over Jan. 3. Those with gift cards are urged to use them real soon. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

THE SEQUOIA RESTAURANT housed in the historical Bee-Bennet House has been sold, with the new owner taking over Jan. 3. Those with gift cards are urged to use them real soon. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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Sequoia sale starts new chapter

By From page A1 | December 30, 2011

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.

The Olivos would like to thank their many loyal customers in the area and beyond for their support throughout the time they have been operating the restaurant on Bee Street in Placerville.
Sequoia regulars will be happy to know that many of their favorite events will still be available, such as the New Year’s Eve Gala, cooking classes, comedy night, Valentine’s Day, Easter Brunch and Mother’s Day celebrations. Private parties and special dinners will also be accommodated. Those with weddings already booked for upcoming dates should experience a seamless transition.

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.

Mimi Escabar

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