A new restaurant, Cielo Cantina, will open at the former site of Native Lounge on Chorro Street in downtown San Luis Obispo as soon as today. Workers could be seen Monday busily preparing the restaurant for its transformation — refinishing tables and moving things around inside.
The 3-year-old Native Lounge, a San Luis Obispo nightclub and restaurant, closed Saturday night. Eric DeMatteo, the new general manager, said the new restaurant — which will serve Mexican food in a family friendly atmosphere — has been in the works for months. The cantina-style restaurant will serve Mexican food seven days a week for lunch and dinner, he said.
At night the restaurant will continue to be a nightclub but more “toned down” than the former lounge — geared more toward a margarita and tequila bar, DeMatteo said.
“The restaurant will be more of a family restaurant as compared to a Vegas-style lounge,” DeMatteo said.
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The change, he said, was brought on by the economy. “Three years ago, when Native opened, things like bottle service were lucrative — now people are scaling back a bit and this restaurant will appeal to a larger demographic.”
— AnnMarie Cornejo
Pismo visitors board gets new members
The Pismo Beach City Council recently appointed two new members to two-year terms on the Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors: Chet Hogoboom, general manager of the SeaVenture Resort in Pismo Beach; and Lori Keller, vice president of marketing for Pacifica Hotel Co., based in Santa Barbara.
They join Chairman Gordon Jackson of Mission Inn, Vice Chairman Joseph Scott of Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, and Chantal Lavoux-Guy of Martin Resorts.
Pismo Beach City Council member Ted Ehring will serve as the new City Council liaison to the CVB board, according to a recent news release.
The CVB serves as the advertising and promotions department for the city of Pismo Beach.
— Julia Hickey