Cold Spring Tavern safe from Whittier Fire and closed

Team of firefighters protecting historic landmark

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A favorite, historic landmark not far from the Whittier Fire zone is in good shape.

NewsChannel 3 talked to Lisa, a member of the Wilson family that owns Cold Spring Tavern off Stagecoach Road, to find out if the beloved cabin restaurant was safe.

"So far, so good," Lisa responded.

Many locals are curious and concerned about the former stagecoach stop and popular gathering site that draws tens of thousands of people each year with its homemade comfort food, local music venue and historic cooling spot for locals and visitors -- especially motorcycle riders -- trying to escape the heat.

But not this week; the tavern is closed for business since the Whittier Fire has the San Marcos Pass or Hwy 154 shut down.

Lisa said a team of firefighters are assigned to the tavern to keep it safe "because of its historical significance. If need be, they will wrap the structure."

That happened during the Zaca Fire in 2007.

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