TUOLUMNE COUNTY — Columbia State Historic Park likely will close some of its businesses Sunday because no one has agreed to take over the concessions.
But the Fallon House Theatre is expected to continue its live performances thanks to a separate agreement nearing completion.
The concessions have been held by Forever Resorts of Arizona, which served notice last month that it would withdraw as of the end of business Sunday.
Barring a last-minute agreement with a new operator, the park will close the City Hotel restaurant, lodgings and saloon; the Fallon House lodgings and ice cream parlor; and the Jenny Lind Restaurant, formerly Columbia House.
"It looks that way," Vince Sereno, superintendent of the state parks sector that includes Columbia, said Wednesday. "We have not had any luck with anybody yet."
The pending closures affect nearly a third of the park businesses, which rent state-owned buildings dating as far back as the 1850s.
The closures would be short if the California Department of Parks and Recreation finds month-to-month operators. They could last several months if the agency goes through the regular bidding process for multi-year contracts.
Forever Resorts has been a concessionaire since 2006. Its contract expired earlier this year, but it has continued on a month-to-month agreement. A new 20-year contract drew no bidders.
The City Hotel and Fallon House have only seven guest rooms between them, but the City Hotel restaurant is considered one of Tuolumne County's best.
Even with the closures, the park will have its usual slate of summer events, along with daily activities at the still-open businesses and free Gold Rush displays.
"There are other concessions there," Sereno said. "There are still other things open in the community."
The Fallon House Theatre has been used since 1997 by Sierra Repertory Theatre, which also has a stage in East Sonora. SRT has been a subcontractor to Forever Resorts, but it is close to reaching a new agreement with the state, managing director Sara Jones said Wednesday.
"I'm feeling very confident now," she said. "Hopefully, we'll be keeping the building open and keeping something going."
The current Fallon House production, "Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters," has been extended to July 5.
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