Evos, the San Luis Obispo restaurant known for its healthier fast-food fare, has closed.
The eatery’s final day was Sunday afternoon, said franchise owner Tom Maupin. Last year, the restaurant employed 14 workers.
Maupin, contacted by phone at the restaurant Wednesday, said only that the decision to shutter Evos was financial.
Maupin and his wife, Margie, opened Evos in 2008 in the Higuera Plaza shopping center anchored by Trader Joe’s. The restaurant touted its healthier choices, including vegetarian items. Offerings, such as air fries, were prepared with convection ovens, not in a deep fryer.
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In a Tribune article published in December, the Maupins said that they hoped to expand, opening “as many as 12 or more locations on the Central Coast and in the Valley.”
The San Luis Obispo Evos, which stands for fast-food evolved, was the only franchise west of the Mississippi, according to a 2009 article published in The Tribune. The Tampa, Fla.-based company’s other locations are in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
The company was founded in 1994.
The move to open an Evos franchise came several years after the Maupins closed Tortilla Flats, selling that downtown San Luis Obispo restaurant and bar to Doc and Nancy Thompson. The Thompsons opened Doc’s California Karaoke Bar & Grill, which later closed.
Another restaurant, Ciopinot, a seafood grill and oyster bar, now occupies the space.
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