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New use planned for site of burned Pollock Pines restaurant


DEMOLITION of the building formerly housing the restaurant Los Hermanos in Pollock Pines was under way Feb. 14. The building was destroyed by fire last year, and it is being torn down to build a Family Dollar Store. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

From page A1 | March 04, 2013 | 6 Comments

The burned out remains of the Los Hermanos restaurant in Pollock Pines are in the process of being removed with plans being made for a retail outlet to take its place.

Evan Bell, who owns the old restaurant building as well as the Pony Express Station Plaza where the building is located, said all the rubble were to be removed by the end of the February.

Bell, who is also the owner and president of Irv Seaver Motorcycles in Orange, said he plans to build a new 8,000-square-foot building where the restaurant once stood. The new tenant will be a Family Dollar Store, which Bell described as being like a mini-Target. He said he hopes to have his new tenant in the building within six to eight months, depending upon how long it takes to get the building permits.

The restaurant, once a popular eating spot, was being operated by Larry Arens until he closed it last July because of the poor economy. On Sept. 20, the attic caught fire and the restaurant burned for several hours before being put out by the El Dorado County Fire Protection District and Cal Fire.

Bell said the building was beyond repair with its estimated value being in excess of a million dollars.

According to reports from the fire department and Bell’s insurance agency, the cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Bell said he has heard different rumors about what caused the fire but believes the most likely cause was transients living in the building. “That’s the most credible explanation,” he said, saying that even after the fire, transients were seen going in and out of the building.

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Discussion | 6 comments

  • francescaduchamp@att.netFebruary 22, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    I for one, honor Mr. Bell and any choice he makes for the use of his property. And I welcome the Family Dollar Store...thank you for any jobs you bring to our area.

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  • EldoradoMarch 04, 2013 - 7:36 am

    OMG... Someone is going to build something in El Dorado County! Call out the opposition, call out the NIMBYs, call out the people who shop in Sacramento while complaining that we don't have stores here and oppose them when someone tries to build one... Where are they?? Why aren't they opposing this?? Why aren't they yelling about increased traffic in their "rural atmosphere" that caused them to move here in the first place?? Wait a minute... Is there something in the water in Pollock Pines that makes people sane? It must be... Welcome Family Dollar Store...

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  • AreFebruary 25, 2014 - 8:00 am

    Dont know who you are but you are right on. Where,s Carl,s Junior

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  • SHMarch 04, 2013 - 9:39 am

    Good lord, Eldorado - settle down

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  • DivinoMarch 04, 2013 - 9:43 am

    So, a commercial building is being built in place of another commercial building. What's the problem? No need for a General Plan Amendment or even any need for an opposition. The water is just fine here at NIMBY land.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 25, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Are, I keep telling people--we are not for no growth...I, like others want the growth controled. This store will be welcomed--although one person and their groupies tried to ban it. Some of the other ideas they had would not have worked. Now Safeway is being looked at by another company. We are on septic--because we are the treeline--we can can build out--only up...or knocking down existing buildings. Our main part is maybe three city blocks. to put in sidewalk--you would have to remove all the trees on main--take back easement...and flatten it for ADA purposes. There is no money--there is no water. It doesnt make sense. If there is any extra could be better used up here. the opening of sportaman has been going very well--it was the best place to open a new restaurant. People in some of these groups--didnt care what they came up with...they didnt even care if it was their property. We used to be a friendly little town...before the "visioning" smartgrowth ideas. Hopefully we can get back to normal someday. the incident over signage was hurtful to many. Three blocks--people should be able to handle that. All these signs went up--it was a circus up here...and it was done on purpose. Individuality--used to be a cornerstone of being American. It used to be that volunteering was from the heart--not for the publicity. so many things changing.

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