Biz Buzz: Eureka! A new gourmet burger joint to open

Coming this fall, the eatery boasts handmade food from local vendors and specialty beer, whiskey

March 9, 2011 

Eureka Burger, a gourmet burger restaurant that also offers rare beers and whiskey, is slated to open in the downtown San Luis Obispo location that previously was home to the popular Corner View Restaurant and Bar.

The restaurant, at 1141 Chorro St., will open this fall with about 40 employees. Eureka Burger began in Redlands in 2009 and since has opened locations in Fresno and Claremont, said co-owner Robert Suzuki.

The restaurant is also owned by Paul Frederick, Justin Nedelman and chef Ron Guidon of Los Angeles. Guidon, who created Eureka Burger’s menu, also owns two upscale Italian restaurants in Manhattan Beach.

Suzuki said that every aspect of Eureka Burger’s fare will be handmade and sourced from local vendors, from the dressings on greens purchased from local farmers markets to hand-cut fries.

The restaurant features American beers and whiskeys with small distribution, so patrons can taste unique and rare spirits, Suzuki said.

He added that a complete interior redesign is under way, which will preserve the two-floor dining but completely change the look to be “rustic and modern, yet comfortable.”

Matt Quaglino, president of Quaglino Properties LLC, owns the building.

Corner View Restaurant and Bar closed in October because of rising costs coupled with a change in customers’ dining habits due to the economic downturn, owner Bill Carpenter said at the time.

— Julia Hickey

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The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation has announced its 2010 grants totaling $52,494 for 13 local nonprofit organizations:

• AIDS Support Network to support the SLO Syringe Project ($3,000).

• Assistance League to support Operation School Bell ($4,000).

• Coast Caregiver Resource Center to help provide respite care for family/friend caregivers ($5,000).

• Friends of Hapitok to support special-needs children with speech disabilities ($4,500).

• Habitat for Humanity to support the ReStore program ($3,500).

• Morro Bay Art Foundation to transform an RTA bus stop into public art ($500).

• The Partnership for the Children to provide anesthesiology services for pediatric dental surgery for low-income children ($4,200).

• Peoples’ Self Help Housing to support those at risk of becoming homeless ($5,000).

• Senior Nutrition to fund 2,000 meals for low-income seniors ($5,000).

• Sierra Club Foundation to support core operations ($5,000).

• SLO Child Development Center to support a new Family Resource Center in Los Osos ($4,180).

• The LINK to establish a “Grub Club” ($3,614).

• Transitions Mental Health Association to support a 24-hour phone hotline ($5,000).

“As we continue to endure economic hardships, these grants are essential to maintain a level of support for these programs and the services they provide,” said foundation Executive Director Barry VanderKelen in a news release.

Since 1998, the foundation has grown its endowment to $27 million and made grants totaling more than $16 million through its 200 funds and scholarships. For details, call 543-2323 or log onto www.sloccf.org.

— Julia Hickey

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