New owners of The Cork & Plough, Rene Herrera (left) and Jesse Bonilla (second from left), gather with past owners Susan and Ron Childers on April 19. (Sean Roney/Staff)

KING CITY — The Cork & Plough restaurant has changed ownership effective April 18, with the new direction aimed at maintaining the same menu, staff and name.

New owners Rene Herrera and Jesse Bonilla gathered with past owners Susan and Ron Childers on Monday to announce the news.

Herrera owns a restaurant in Castroville, with 30 years of experience in the restaurant business. Bonilla has a restaurant in Carmel Valley and has 22 years of experience in the industry.

Both are planning a grand opening in a few weeks after getting a feel for King City.

Susan Childers said they thanked the staff for their work and community for their support. The next adventure for the Childers includes moving to Montana in about a year when their new house is completed.

The Cork & Plough is located in downtown King City at 200 Broadway St.

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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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