Two Bakersfield Mexican restaurants, La Colonia in East Bakersfield and Sinaloa downtown, are closing their doors.
Both have long and storied pasts.
Sinaloa is shutting down after 70 years. A sign on the door reads “closed forever.”
“The restaurant history alone is very important, but the history in general of the entire building is important to the history and culture of Kern County,” said Kern Historical Society president, Ken Hooper.
Sinaloa has been a staple on 20th Street since 1948, but the historic building has been around since 19-04.
Prior to being a restaurant, the building stood as the Kern County Children’s Shelter.
“If you go on the south side and look at the staircase there, you will see the children’s handprints from when the orphanage was built,” Hooper said.
The two-acre property was donated by Ellen Tracy, the wife of Bakersfield’s namesake, Colonel Thomas Baker.
Now, the Sinaloa building is listed for $1.9 million.
Owner tom munoz isn’t just selling the property, he’s selling the business, including its recipes and liquor license.
He says it’s a great location for another restaurant, a new nightclub, or a sports bar.
“If there is one building in town that needs to be preserved, repurposed, that is one of the buildings,” Hooper said.
Meanwhile, La Colonia in East Bakersfield has already closed.
The Cornejo family owners posted on their front door: “to our amazing patrons, who we have come to call our friends and family…we do not know if this is a goodbye or a see you later, but we know that it has been a pleasure to serve you and make so many cherished memories with you for over 40 years.”