Biz Beat: Barnwood restaurant gets new start in Ripon

pguerra@modbee.comAugust 3, 2013 

JBL Barnwood 2

JOAN BARNETT LEE/ Exterior of Barnwood Restaurant pictured on Wednesday afternoon (05-15-13) in Ripon, Ca.


    alternate text Patty Guerra
    Title: Breaking news editor
    Coverage areas: Breaking news, business
    Bio: Patty Guerra has been an editor and reporter at The Modesto Bee for 13 years. She has a journalism degree from Fresno State and previously worked at the Turlock Journal and Merced Sun-Star.
    Recent stories written by Patty
    On Twitter: @pattyguerra

— Fans of the Barnwood restaurant in Ripon who were saddened when owner and chef John Mangelos closed it in May didn't have to mourn long: It reopened 17 days later.

For new owners Don Lee and Ken Hildebrand, Mangelos' decision to close or sell the Barnwood after 33 years came at a good time. Lee, a caterer, and Hildebrand, a longtime general manager of several chain restaurants, had been looking to combine forces for three years.

"We wanted a nonfranchise place where you can cook your own food and it's very personal," Lee said.

He described the new menu as "American upscale comfort food."

"It's a mixture of seafood and steak and chicken and things like that, and barbecue," he said. "And there will be some stuff you don't find everywhere, like blackberry cobbler."

Some old Barnwood favorites might make an appearance on the menu, particularly down the road when the restaurant adds breakfast service. And the Barnwood catering service still offers all of Mangelos' recipes.

Another Mangelos legacy that will continue is winemaker dinners. Lee said he and Hildebrand plan to hold those once a month.

The Barnwood is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 338 E. Main St. Call (209) 599-4324.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Would you like some wine?

Dewz, a downtown Modesto restaurant, recently opened a retail wine shop. The opportunity presented itself when the owner of nearby furniture store RC David retired.

The Dewz Wine Shop makes use of a new system that allows for 50 bottles at a time to be kept open for tasting.

The Dewz Wine Shop, at 1505 J St., is open from 4 to 10:30 p.m. weekdays, with variable closing times on weekends. Call (209) 549-1101.

Know what goes really well with wine? Doughnuts.

OK, maybe they don't go together so well, but individually each is pretty nifty. And you can get free doughnuts for a year if you're among the first customers at the new Krispy Kreme shop, set to open in Riverbank later this month.

The "Hot Light" — meaning doughnuts are ready — goes on at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the shop, 2251 Claribel Road, Suite A, according to a news release. Folks have been known to camp overnight for a chance to get one of the opening day prizes, which include weekly or monthly doughnuts for a year and T-shirts.

The shop will open daily at 5:30 a.m., closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Have an item for Business Beat? Contact Patty Guerra at The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; (209) 578-2343; or

Modesto Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service