The Villa Creek restaurant in downtown Paso Robles has closed after nearly two decades.
Owners Cris and JoAnn Cherry opened the restaurant at 1144 Pine St. in 1998; Saturday was their last night of service.
“Our Villa Creek estate vineyard and winery are becoming more and more demanding of our time and energy,” JoAnn Cherry said in an email to The Tribune. “To successfully run an ingredient-focused restaurant in our community it is of the utmost importance that ownership provide undivided attention, which we just can’t do at this point.
“The community has been so amazing to us over the years, and we look forward to seeing the next evolution of the corner of 12th and Pine.”
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Cherry declined to specify how many employees were affected, saying, “We look forward to seeing many of our Villa Creek team at other restaurants in the county.”
The Cherrys own the building and said they will be looking to “find an operator that will be a great addition to the area.”