Guasti as we knew it, a rural enclave, is essentially gone, for good or bad.
Because of construction, the Post Office has moved, Saffron Cafe has closed, Filippi Winery closed its tasting room, the Guasti/Homestyle Cafe moved to Chino, the patio furniture places are gone and the school has been bulldozed.
Construction is under way on a mixed-use complex that seems intriguing, if very different than the hodgepodge that was there.
Months ago I spoke to Jim Maples, a former advertising rep at the Bulletin, about Evel Knievel’s jump at Ontario Motor Speedway. He also lamented the changes then beginning to happen at Guasti:
“I got to California in 1957 and one of the first things I did was go to wine-tasting at Guasti. That’s when all those little houses had inhabitants,” Maples told me.
He said a wine festival was sponsored circa 1958-1962 by the Secondo Church. You could buy a bottle of wine, fill up a bota bag with it and walk around, sipping as you went.
So there’s a topic. Anyone want to share memories of what Guasti used to be like and what you did there?