Bistro Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen opens to the public Tuesday in the upstairs promenade area of the Chinatown project in downtown San Luis Obispo.
The restaurant, at 858 Monterey St., seats 124 people and features a dining room, a lounge bar area and a wraparound patio. Owner Debbie Thomas said the San Luis Obispo spot is “more elegant looking” than its “more country” Paso Robles location, Thomas Hill Organics, which opened in 2009.
The eatery held its official ribbon-cutting with the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce on Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, it will be open for dinner only, and it will start its regular lunch and dinner service Thursday, adding brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
The menu will emphasize the same local, farm-to-table organic food as the Paso Robles eatery, Thomas said. The San Luis Obispo space has an indoor wood-burning pizza oven, and pizza will be served at lunch and dinner.
The new restaurant will have a full liquor license, which means seasonal cocktails, Thomas said.
Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen will staff about 50 employees, a mix of full- and part-time. Thomas declined to disclose financial information.
“I’m really excited about opening in San Luis. I’m excited that we’re right next to the mission ... I just think it’s a beautiful spot,” Thomas said, adding that she began discussions with Copeland Properties about opening a restaurant in the Chinatown location four years ago.
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