Senum to close doors of Los Mineros in Nevada City |

Senum to close doors of Los Mineros in Nevada City

Councilmember Reinette Senum explains why she will be closing the doors of ther Nevada City restaurant, Los Mineros, after the business day Friday.
Elias Funez/ |

After 10 months in downtown Nevada City, Los Mineros restaurant, owned and operated by council member Reinette Senum, will be closing its doors effective Friday night.

The new owners will get the keys to the space next week and plans to open a new restaurant in its place are in the works.

The closure comes as a bittersweet moment for the council member and former mayor of Nevada City, who is currently serving her second term on the council.

“I have come to understand that I am an activist at heart and that is what I must follow,” Senum explained on her Facebook page Tuesday. “So I am selling Los Mineros.”

Senum, who was an inspiration and champion of other Commercial Street destinations including Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company, as well as the neighboring boardwalk, happily obliged when asked to open up an eatery at 239 Commercial St. However, after less than a year in business there, Senum is moving on.

“I would prefer to drop my serving spoon and pick up, say, something like a law book, and pursue different avenues — all dedicated towards building a better community,” Senum said on Facebook.

Having dedicated roughly 80 to 90 hours a week to Los Mineros has taken its toll on Senum’s community volunteerism, she said, citing the closure of her restaurant as a result of her desire to return to unfinished projects, including her work on tiny houses for the homeless, upgrading the terrazzo lights for Commercial Street, and completing a documentary film, “They Call Me Fruitcake.”

“I feel really good; I helped transform this location,” Senum said from the restaurant Tuesday afternoon. “But I also spend a lot of time breaking down boxes and cleaning floors.”

The aroma of the mostly organic menu filled the air Tuesday, with patrons of the restaurant paying their respects to the business owner as word of the closure quickly spread.

“I want to go where I can get stuff done,” Senum told The Union, before expanding on her plans to intern with local law firms and her intention to delve into policy and social services.

In 2010, Senum was a part of the local effort to provide 40 micro-houses to homeless people in the community, some of which she says are still being used, and wants to expand on that work. She said she will also continue to maintain the boardwalk in front of the Commercial Street businesses.

“I have truly loved … the transition I have seen take place on the boardwalk with the help of some tablecloths, tins filled with utensils, and weekly live music,” Senum said in her initial Facebook post.

“If you still want to connect with me in person, you will still be able to find me on the boardwalk most late mornings of the week,” Senum said.

To contact Staff Writer Elias Funez, email or call 530-477-4230.

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