The San Luis Obispo Planning Commission’s review of a proposal to move Bull’s Tavern to Marsh Street was postponed at the request of applicant Bill Hales, who said he wanted to do more community outreach before a decision was made.
“We want people to understand what our plan is,” Hales said. “I want these people to be able to talk to me directly.”
Hales said he hoped to bring the request back to the city within the next couple of months.
Citing high rental costs, Bull’s Tavern, a downtown San Luis Obispo since 1935, is looking to relocate from its existing location at 1040 Chorro St. to 664 Marsh St. The bar’s liquor license will move with it.
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The new location is the former SLO Works welding fabricator shop, adjacent to Takken Shoes and British Sports Cars.
The new location offers a 750-square-foot patio and the ability to accommodate 132 patrons compared with 98 at the Chorro Street location. The bar would keep its same hours, noon to 2 a.m. seven days a week, except for summer and winter Cal Poly graduation days and St. Patrick’s Day when the bar traditionally opens at 6 a.m.
Bull’s Tavern is one of six bars and restaurants in downtown San Luis Obispo owned by Bill Hales and a group of business partners. Those include the newly acquired Creeky Tiki Bar & Island Grill, MoTav, Frog & Peach Pub, Bull’s Tavern, The Library and McCarthy’s Irish Pub.