The Grand Oak Farm to Table restaurant at Highland Springs Ranch and Inn closed Jan. 2 and will focus more energy on growing the ranch’s farm.

Tina Kummerle, president of Highland Springs Ranch and Inn, said the resort also changed its name on Dec. 31.

The board of directors had decided in late November that they were going to close the restaurant.

“We had hopes that there would be a better reception. We didn’t have as many guests as we had hoped,” Kummerle said.

The Grand Oak Steakhouse opened in 2007. The name changed when the Grand Oak Farm to Table opened in late April 2017, offering organic food grown at Highland Springs Resort, along with wild game such as venison, rabbit and quail.

The former bistro area turned into the restaurant and operated as such since October 2016. Groups can still rent the bistro area for special events.

The Grand Oak Farm to Table’s serving staff were repositioned to other jobs at the ranch. The kitchen staff will stay on because of special events there.

Kummerle said that the ranch will continue to have an Easter buffet on April 1 and a Mother’s Day buffet on May 13.

The Cultured Food Festival is set for Feb. 24-25, Kummerle said. Attendees can become educated about health benefits and also learn to make food such as sauerkraut.

Kummerle said that the ranch is working on planting trees on the farm and growing a variety of berries, including strawberries, and apples, oranges, limes, olives and more vegetables.

A chili festival is set for July, Kummerle said.

Staff Writer Julie Farren may be reached at jfarren@recordgazette.net.

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dweezil

In this edition of your nice paper 2 things stand out for me personally.One is the restaurant closing at Highland Springs and an ad for skydiving at Banning Airport.If traffic from the Freeway doesn't divert to visit that scenic and historic Inn I'm at a loss for words-they had too few customers.It is the past few years that I became aware of its existence,Hopefully economic health will keep the property alive.If I was younger me and friends skydiving and then eating at Highland Springs would be fun.I hope the skydiving goes well safety wise! and economically.

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