San Luis Obispo County residents hankering for a burger will soon be able to visit a new downtown San Luis Obispo restaurant to satisfy their craving.
The Habit Burger Grill, long a staple for burger lovers in Santa Barbara, will open sometime this summer at 839 Higuera St. in the Wineman Hotel building. The restaurant is the latest addition to the building, which now boasts Muzio’s Grocery & Deli and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
“We always look for areas that have a good mix of people,” said Mike Mirkil, vice president of marketing for Habit Restaurants LLC. “We like the college kids, but we also like families and business people who are looking for a place to have lunch.”
The San Luis Obispo eatery will be among several new Habit restaurants to open in California, Mirkil said. The Irvine-based company, which currently has 38 locations, is in expansion mode, he said. In a few months, it will open a restaurant in Arizona, its first outside of California.
Habit Restaurants LLC is majority owned by an East Coast private equity firm, which purchased the company from brothers Brent and Bruce Reichard in 2007. The brothers bought the original Habit Burger Grill in Santa Barbara in the early 1970s.
The restaurant features burgers, fries, including sweet potato fries, sandwiches, tossed salads and milk shakes. It’s a fast casual diner, meaning that guests order and pay for their food, and then wait for it to be brought to their table.
The eatery will hire about 25 to 30 people, Mirkil said.
— Julie Lynem
Hidden Creek Village, a low-income apartment complex on Paso Robles’ eastside, is now under construction.
The nearly $20 million complex, managed by the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo, will bring 81 below-market-price apartments to town.
It’s being funded with $1 million from the Paso Robles’ Redevelopment Agency as well as state tax credits reserved for low-income housing.
Now in the framing stage, the complex on South River Road will also have a clubhouse, open space, two playgrounds, picnic areas and a bus stop.
Pedestrian paths to Niblick Road and Quarterhorse Lane will also be built.
Construction is slated to wrap up in the summer.
The Housing Authority will set up a waiting list and application process for those interested in living there.
— Tonya Strickland