After six years in business, Valentina’s Bistro & Bakery will be closing its doors on Friday afternoon.
Valentina Masterz, the restaurant’s owner and namesake, says that the high cost of utilities is largely to blame.
During the warmer parts of the year, Masterz says that air conditioning can drive her power bill as high as $3,900 per month.
Due to unseasonably warm weather, those costs have persisted through November, December and January.
“This winter has been so hot that we’re running the air conditioner every day,” Masterz said.
Valentina’s Bistro & Bakery employed five people at its height, not including her husband and sister, but all of the employees have left in anticipation of the restaurant’s closure. It is unclear what the Masterz family will do next.
“Because I’m the owner, I can’t get on unemployment,” Masterz said.
“If anyone has a job at this point, I’m willing to take it.”
Masterz said she was grateful to the Grass Valley community for their support over the last half decade.
“I want to thank all the customers, all the friends, and all the people who became my home,” she said.
“Grass Valley has such an amazing vibration. People are so open-hearted, so kind, and so conscious about human connection,” she added.
“I feel like every day, I get to experience love and incredible energy.”
Valentina’s Bistro & Bakery is located at 1041 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.
They’ll be selling off the last of their inventory at a reduced rate on Friday before closing their doors for the last time at 4 p.m.
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