The Village Big Sur Begins Rolling Out

The new venue’s soft opening includes a serene yoga studio and private event space.
March 26, 2024

Words by Laith Agha

Photos courtesy of The Village

Big Sur Village is getting its village back. 

The Village commercial center, that is. Its doors are re-opening this spring after a multi-year closure for its new-ish ownership to reimagine—and remodel—this muti-faceted space.

Carmel/Big Sur residents Patrick and Mandy Orosco have been working on their plan for this storied building, which sits on the other end of the parking lot from Big Sur River Inn, since acquiring it in 2017.

But a pandemic happened, along with storms and fires that disrupted life along California’s most dramatic coastline, plus the challenge of making sure they settled upon the right team and the right mix of businesses.

The final result of all that waiting, though, appears to be well worth it.

With a popular yoga studio already open (it’s commonplace for Peninsula residents to make the drive just to join the packed classes), the rest of the two-story Village is set to open before summer with a new restaurant, a spa, and a bodega offering fresh produce. Plus, a coffee and juice bar. The vast majority of products are expected to be organic. 

“We’re trying to fill in the gaps of what’s missing in Big Sur, in terms of hospitality,” Patrick Orosco says. “Our goal is to offer that same level of thought as Post Ranch Inn, but in a different environment, on a walk-in basis. We want people to be able to happen upon this place and discover it.”

The restaurant, named Solstice, has a clear advantage in meeting this goal, as it will be run by two veterans of Post Ranch: chef Tim Eelman, who is also a former executive chef for Big Sur Bakery, and sommelier and beverage director Matt Peterson. Peterson, who used to be sommelier at Post Ranch, sits on the board of directors for The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival. 

As for the market, Patrick Orosco says to think of a “mini Elroy’s,” referencing the boutique Monterey grocery store run by fellow Stevenson School alum Jay Dolata and his wife, Chloe Dolata. Peterson is tabbed to run the bodega, in addition to his restaurant duties.

Also in motion is an indoor-outdoor event space and gallery, with the indoor half drawing from the venue’s old mechanics garage. The idea is for it to host community-based events like weddings, music performances, and workshops. (Bookings are available now for events.)

“The Village has traditionally been the town center of Big Sur,” Patrick Orosco says, referring to the fact that the space has been home to the local post office, Monster Video, a locals bar, and an assortment of other shops and services. “We want to make sure the locals know that we are not appropriating a sacred third space and just giving it to tourists.” <img src=""alt="CC"height="20" width="20">

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