Biz Buzz: Corner View closes in downtown SLO

The restaurant shuts down suddenly with no explanation; ‘For Lease’ signs go up

October 12, 2010 

Corner View Restaurant & Bar closed its doors Thursday evening, and the downtown San Luis Obispo restaurant has not reopened since, leaving customers wondering what is going on.

Midafternoon on Tuesday, all of the tables were still set, white tableclothes and all. Sugar packets and salt and pepper shakers were still in place.

But by early evening that had changed: Dining tables had been pulled together and place settings removed. “For Lease” signs were in the windows, and menu placards outside were gone.

There was no sign on the door explaining why the place was closed. Corner View’s website and Facebook page make no mention of a change in hours or an all-out closure.

The restaurant, located on the corner of Marsh and Chorro streets, is a local landmark, an institution of sorts. Corner View has called that space home for close to eight years.

Owners Bill and Patty Carpenter have worked to develop a loyal customer base and made particular efforts to be welcoming to the local gay community. The Carpenters often used their restaurant to benefit nonprofit organizations, turning the eatery into a platform that raised money for those groups.

The Carpenters could not be reached for comment Tuesday. BWG Enterprises, which owns the property, also could not be reached.

— Stacy Daniel

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San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare recently implemented a new version of its website at www.rideshare.org. Funded by a Caltrans Job Access and Reverse Commute and New Freedom Program grant, the website provides information about sustainable transportation, including an online bus trip planner, commute cost calculator and carpool matching system.

Rideshare, a division of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, is dedicated to reducing the number of single occupant vehicles on San Luis Obispo County’s roads and highways. It oversees programs such as Bike Month, Safe Routes to School, the Workplace Bike Sharing Program, Commute for Cash Challenge, the online Bus Pass Outlet, Google Transit, Emergency Ride Home and iRideShare.org.

— Staff report

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The Paso Robles Inn is hosting the Paso Robles Fall Fashion Series for three consecutive Friday nights. The first show was held Oct. 8; the next one is this Friday and the final show is Oct. 22. The shows begin at 7 p.m. Three runway shows will feature designs from local boutiques such as Your Intentions, Pillow Talk and Velvet and hair designs by local salons. The final show will feature designs by Kate White of Scissor Clothing. Tickets, $10 to $15, will be sold at The Paso Robles Inn Grand Ball Room from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the door or by e-mailing Fashionseries10@ gmail.com.

— Julia Hickey

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