Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen has closed in downtown San Luis Obispo, just over a year after opening in the SLO Collection on Monterey Street, its owner announced Tuesday morning.
“We have been very grateful for the community support and recognition we’ve received, which made this decision extraordinarily difficult. We look forward to continuing our farm-to-table cuisine and catering division from our Paso Robles location,” owner Debbie Thomas wrote in a statement.
The restaurant is located above Williams-Sonoma and the new stores just up from the Mission. It’s adjacent to the The SLO hotel under construction at Palm and Morro streets.
“At the end of the day, no one anticipated the long-term construction surrounding that area,” spokeswoman Linda Sanpei said.
Sanpei said it was her opinion that the construction was “potentially a factor” in reducing the restaurant’s profitability. She said the tipping point came last week, when Thomas “realized that the market conditions were not going to change for the foreseeable future.”
Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen, which serves “organic, regionally produced food,” gained attention in such media outlets as Vogue, Daily Meal and Bloomberg News. Many of the staff, who found out about the closure Monday, have been offered positions at the Paso Robles location.
Sanpei said Thomas is honoring all reservations and commitments through the Paso Robles location, and said that “the Paso location and their catering division are thriving.”
Asked whether Thomas was considering another restaurant location in San Luis Obispo, Sanpei said there are “no commitments at this time.”