Diamond Jim's bar now open

Diamond Jim's Restaurant in Mi-Wuk Village is back in business - partially.

The longtime high country eatery on Highway 108 has been closed for the past 11 months after the building was badly damaged during a major winter storm in 2011.

Owner Antone Picchetti said the bar is open for business, but the dining room area is still closed for repairs. The restaurant serves a lunch and appetizer menu, but Diamond Jim's well-known steaks and fresh seafood will not be on the menu until the kitchen has finished undergoing remodeling.

The restaurant closed Sept. 28, 2011 after a snowstorm in February 2011 caused a portion of the roof and walls to collapse. Picchetti said the sheer weight of the snow cracked beams and a falling limb tore a hole in the roof.

The business just opened Sept. 1 after being closed for nearly a year, he said.

"So far our customers are happy that we're open, but the word hasn't really gotten out there," he said.

Picchetti said the reason for the long hiatus has been difficulty getting his insurance company pay for the damage.

"I thought we would be back open in February or March of this year, but it obviously hasn't worked out that way," he said before adding, "We're glad to be back open and seeing our friends again."

Picchetti has owned the business since 1989 and it is known as a popular stop for vacationers traveling to Pinecrest Lake or to visit high Sierra ski resorts. It's most famous feature is a bullet-riddled wood carving of a gold miner, that stands watch outside of the restaurant.

The bar is open Thursday through Monday at 11 a.m. and closes in the evenings when business slows down, Picchetti said.

11880989
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
More than a coach

08/17/2016

Thomas Kruetzfeldt had just returned from a late afternoon run with his ... more

Cal Fire battalion chief remembered

08/15/2016

Whenever Mike Spear’s children heard of a nearby fire, they worried about ... more

Sonora area group launches a new radio station

08/18/2016

First envisioned more than a decade ago, a Sonora-area radio station with ... more

Nursed back to health, hawk flies free

08/19/2016

Sonora resident Laura Reid was driving on Tuolumne Road when she saw ... more

No immunizations, no school in California

08/17/2016

Cyndra Joaquin, cradling her three-month-old during a recent visit to the health ... more