|Rooster Pepper Sauce looking a little old.|
|OK: There is food to the east and west...Menu looked Good!|
|Sign looks not that old...|
The ATM machine was the only thing seemingly packed up for the closure..
A nice man that I met in front of the closed post office told me the cafe had closed "last year."
According to the Cafe's Yelp Site, the Cafe was at least open on April 13, 2013, when the visitor had the "Best Ortega burger ever!" and gave the place 5 stars. In January, 2013, Kathy from France visited and said it was like a time warp (though she does not actually mention whether it was open). A Four-Square reporter said that on March 29, 2013 that the place was closed.
A far less favorable review, was from a April 2012 visitor:
Sigh...that was enough for me. It's only 19 miles to Chiriaco Summit...skip this place.
According to Yelp, the Cafe was closed for some time between July and October 2012. Furthermore, when fellow explorer and former New Yorker, Sandi Hemmerlein of the Avoiding Regret blog was there in 2012, it looks like the cafe was closed.
While there are many reports about older visits to the cafe, there is little on the web, including the cafe's semi official/unofficial site as to when the staff will step back in and start the grill and friers again...
However, I did receive an email on April 4, 2014, from "Suzanne", saying the Cafe can open "at any time now".
The Sun Sun Wo Store is the lone remnant of one of the Mother Lode’s largest Chinatowns. Built in 1851, the store’s adobe walls were formed of soil which came from its basement excavation. Several inches of dirt were placed over the beamed ceiling which helped insulate those inside from winter cold and summer heat. It also made the ceiling fire resistant which accounts for the structure being one of the few buildings in Coulterville to survive the 1899 fire intact. The store is named after its original owners, Mow Da Sun and his son Sun Kow. It was the largest store in Coulterville under Chinese ownership, filling extensive orders from the surrounding mines and ranches, not just the local Chinatown. The store remained in continuous operation from 1851 to 1926 and the original shelves and counters are still inside. At the rear of the building are storerooms, a blacksmith shop and the store’s office. Strong evidence points to part of the office being used as an opium den. It is located on the corner of Kow and Main, across from the goats.