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New restaurant in the works at Atascadero’s Carlton Hotel

Traffic streaks down El Camino Real in 2010 as the moon rises behind the Carlton Hotel in Atascadero.
Traffic streaks down El Camino Real in 2010 as the moon rises behind the Carlton Hotel in Atascadero. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The vacant Carlton Hotel restaurant — long plagued by an inability to keep tenants — may soon be home to a new eatery.

David Weyrich, the hotel’s owner, applied in April for a license to serve beer and wine at the Carlton Hotel Restaurant and Grill, according to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Hotel management declined to comment on the potential restaurant, saying it’s still in the works.

Colby Jack Café and Bakery, which used the Carlton’s 13,000-square-foot restaurant and bakery from 2011 to 2013, was the last eatery to occupy the space. Shockley’s, the restaurant’s tenant from 2010 to 2011, lasted less than a year before closing.

The hotel’s only current occupant is Back Porch Bakery, which rents the 2,400-square-foot bakery that’s separate from the restaurant. Weyrich began renting out the bakery area on its own after Colby Jack closed.

Before renting the space, Weyrich operated Carlton Hotel Restaurant and Grill, which is the same name listed on the new ABC application, but it was forced to close in 2010 after failing to pay state taxes.

Linda Hendy, president of the Atasacadero Chamber of Commerce, said the hotel has been using the restaurant as an event space, which has been successful.

Hendy and Terrie Banish, deputy city manager, both said they’re aware of the hotel’s plans to bring dining back to the establishment.

“We’re excited about it,” Banish said. “We’ll do anything we can to support it.”

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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