How Malibu Restaurants Are Surviving the Fires
"We have been spared ... for now," oceanside seafood restaurant Neptune's Net posted to its Instagram.
As the Woolsey Fire continues to sweep across Malibu, destroying several businesses and homes — including the residences of stars Miley Cyrus and Gerard Butler — many popular destinations have remained intact. Nobu, Malibu Beach Inn, Neptune's Net and other restaurants have been keeping patrons up to date through their social media accounts since the flames broke out last week.
Oceanside seafood restaurant and popular Hollywood filming location Neptune's Net was one of the first to share a photo on Instagram on Saturday of the fire creeping along a nearby hillside with the caption, "We have been spared ... for now." Later the same day, a longer message was posted in solidarity with neighboring establishments and first responders.
"Who needs what and can we help?" the restaurant said. "We are being told that we got spared, but it's hard to think about when our neighbors have lost so much. And beyond thank you to our heroes, the firefighters."
Malibu Beach Inn, a popular breakfast spot for local residents including Daryl Hannah and Neil Young, took to Instagram as well to update the community on its status. "With these terrible fires across Ventura County & now Malibu, Malibu Beach Inn has evacuated all guests & staff from the property in order to ensure their safety," the page reads.
Hot sushi destination Nobu shared a logistical post, reporting no damage, but informing potential customers of its closure up until Monday. "For the safety of our staff, Nobu Malibu will be closed November 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, due to the Woolsey Fire," the restaurant wrote. "Thank you for your patience."
Like Neptune's Net, Duke's Malibu, the surfer-themed bar and restaurant named after surfer Duke Kahanamoku, also extended a hand to help those less fortunate in the fire damage. The beachside venue took to Instagram on Saturday with a photo slideshow of smoke clouds darkening the blue Malibu sky.
"We are heartbroken as we watch our community fight these devastating fires," the restaurant wrote. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected and we cannot express our gratitude enough to all firefighters, police officers, first responders and volunteers who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe. We are closed for the time being and hope to reopen as soon as possible. In the meantime any neighbors or first responders who are in need of assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us."
We are heartbroken as we watch our community fight these devastating fires. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected and we cannot express our gratitude enough to all firefighters, police officers, first responders and volunteers who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe. We are closed for the time being and hope to reopen as soon as possible. In the meantime any neighbors or first responders who are in need of assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Saddle Peak Lodge, a former Hollywood hotspot for silver screen stars like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn, has been updating its followers almost every day. The last report from the venue's Instagram says the lodge "remains closed" but that it hopes "to reopen very soon."
"Thank you for all of your support and we are keeping our beautiful community in our thoughts," the post reads.
Rande Gerber's Cafe Habana, the Mexican-Cuban fusion destination where George and Amal Clooney celebrated their engagement, did not update its social media followers on the status of the popular establishment. However, Geoffrey's, which serves Mediterranean fare, thanked its followers for their "thoughts, prayers, comments, and messages" and reported that its building is "currently still standing."
"Geoffrey’s Malibu is currently still standing in all her beauty — however, will remain closed until further notice," the post from Geoffrey's reads. "Please pray for safety and that she is still sitting pretty amongst all the brush fires...Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all of those affected in Malibu and our neighboring communities."
More businesses that have been reported safe include Malibu Country Mart, Old Place Restaurant, Mon-Li, Calamigos Ranch and Malibu Cafe.