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Updated: SLO County restaurants and shops that have opened so far in 2019

San Luis Obispo County has welcomed a bunch of new businesses this year, from sandwich shops and supermarkets to fine-dining restaurants and high-end hotels.

Here are some of the restaurants, shops and other businesses that have opened so far in 2019. (This list does not include businesses that moved to new locations.)

»» RELATED: SLO County restaurants, stores and businesses have closed so far in 2019

Restaurants and food stores

Ada’s Fish House, Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach’s newest seafood restaurant has ties to a local mainstay.

Ada’s Fish House opened at 558 Price St. in July. The restaurant is run by the MacMillan family, which also owns Rosa’s Italian Restaurant, located right across the street.

Adams Burgers, Oceano

In March, the burger joint moved into the space left vacant by Beach Burger.

Adams Burger is owned by Saleh Obeid, who owns numerous burger restaurants through the Central Valley.

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Adams Burgers opened in March 2019 in Oceano. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Blast & Brew, Paso Robles

The restaurant opened at 803 13th St. in February.

Like its sister restaurant, Blast 825 Taproom in San Luis Obispo, Blast & Brew specializes in wood-fired pizzas and craft beers.

Burger Village, San Luis Obispo

Professional football player Prince Amukamara greeted customers at the grand opening of this burger joint at 686 Higuera St., a spot formerly occupied by Natural Cafe.

It’s the first location outside of New York for restaurant chain Burger Village, which specializes in exotic burgers including elk, bison and ostrich.

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Colony Market and Deli opened on El Camino Real and Traffic Way on Friday, March, 29, 2019. Patrick Ibarra patrick@patrickibarra.net

Colony Market and Deli, Atascadero

This shop, which sells sandwiches, salads and more, almost ran out of food when it opened in March.

Colony Market and Deli is located in a converted gas station at 6040 El Camino Real.

Delicias de Mi Tierra, Nipomo

Looking for a bargain? Everything at this family-owned Mexican bakery, which opened at 235 West Tefft St. in June, is $2 or less.

Items for sale include bread, sweet rolls and heart-shaped cookies.

DarWish Cuisine, Grover Beach

San Luis Obispo County’s sole Persian restaurant opened at 967 West Grand Ave. in January.

According to co-owner Jamal Afzali, Darwish Cuisine, which replaced the closed Margarita’s Pizza & Deli, is the only eatery between Los Angeles and San Jose serving up authentic Persian flavors.

Efren’s Mexican Restaurant, San Luis Obispo

The family-owned restaurant chain opened its fourth Central Coast location at 1285 Laurel Lane in March.

Efren’s also has restaurants in Oceano and Santa Maria, and runs a temporary location at the Nipomo swap meet on Sundays.

Farmhouse Corner Market, San Luis Obispo

There’s a new option for grab-and-go meals and counter-service dining near the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

Farmhouse Corner Market, a field-to-table restaurant and organic market, opened at 1025 Farmhouse Lane in June.

Habit Burger Grill, Atascadero

The fast-casual eatery started serving up burgers, tri-tip and ahi tuna sandwiches at its second San Luis Obispo County spot in July.

Located at 7300 El Camino Real, the burger joint shares a parking lot with Med Post Urgent Care. The buildings replaced an empty Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, which was demolished during construction.

Habit Burger has operated a location in downtown San Luis Obispo since 2011.

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Kraken Coffee Co. opened a second location in Pismo Beach. Ashley Ladin aladin@thetribunenews.com

Ike’s Love and Sandwiches, San Luis Obispo

The popular sandwich chain celebrated the opening of its first San Luis Obispo location at 1028 Chorro St. in March.

Established in San Francisco in 2007, Ike’s Love and Sandwiches has 56 other locations in California, as well as Reno and Phoenix.

Kraken Coffee Co., Pismo Beach

The popular Avila Beach coffeehouse opened a second location near the Pismo Beach Pier in July.

Located at 172 Pomeroy St., Kraken Coffee Co. is the latest venture for owner James Whitaker, who co-owns Kreuzberg Coffee and Batch Old Fashioned Ice Cream in downtown San Luis Obispo.

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The Kuma foodtruck, an offshoot of Kuma restaurant in Los Osos, has been permanently parked outside of the Atascadero Sylvester’s Burgers location since February 2019. Joe Johnston jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Kuma, Atascadero

This off-shoot of Kuma, a sushi and ramen restaurant in Los Osos, has been permanently parked in front of Sylvester’s Burgers, 6455 El Camino Real in Atascadero, since February.

Both Kuma entitites belong to Brian Englund, who owns all three Sylvester’s locations — in Atascadero, Los Osos and Oceano.

Louie’s at the Beach, Avila Beach

Looking for shoreside snacks? A beach bistro opened blocks from the beach in June.

Louie’s at the Beach, which is named after executive general manager Tom Mendoza’s pet beagle, is located at 468 Front St. in the former Morovino Winery tasting room. It’s the second local restaurant owned by Nanci Bell, who opened neighboring French restaurant Blue Moon Over Avila in 2017.

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Mestiza Bar y Cocina will open in what was formerly Thomas Hill Organics at 858 Monterey St. Cassandra Garibay cgaribay@thetribunenews.com

Mestiza Bar y Cocina, San Luis Obispo

The fine-dining Mexican restaurant opened in early summer in the former home of Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen.

Located above Williams Sonoma at 858 Monterey St., the restaurant is co-owned by chef Ricardo Ortega and restaurant group Custom House, which shares a parent company with Compass Health and owns seven other restaurants on the Central Coast.

Old San Luis BBQ, San Luis Obispo

There’s now a second spot for fans of the popular barbecue restaurant.

Old San Luis BBQ opened a new location at 3870 Broad St. in August. The original downtown location remains open at 670 Higuera St.

SLO Donut Co., Atascadero

Good news for North County residents: The popular San Luis Obispo doughnut shop known to fans as SLoDoCo opened a second location in Atascadero in March.

The new spot is located at 6917 El Camino Real, Suite E.

Sprouts Farmers Market, San Luis Obispo

Long-awaited grocery store Sprouts Farmers Market opened in the SLO Promenade shopping center in April.

The 30,000-square foot supermarket, located at 313 Madonna Road, Suite A, moved into the space formerly occupied by clothing store Forever 21.

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The interior dining room at Sweet Lew’s pizza restaurant in downtown Paso Robles. Customers are encouraged to add their own stickers to the eatery’s walls. Lindsey Holden lholden@thetribunenews.com

Sweet Lew’s, Paso Robles

This restaurant is serving up pizzas, chicken wings and craft beers in a laidback, 1980s-style atmosphere.

Sweet Lew’s opened in August in a second-story space at 1108 Pine St., right across from Downtown City Park. The eatery has Central Valley ties; owner Tim Lewis also owns The Planing Mill Artisan Pizzeria in Visalia.

Taqueria Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo

The popular Mexican restaurant opened a second location in San Luis Obispo in April.

The new space is located at 862 E. Foothill Blvd., between Domino’s Pizza and Milk In It.

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Piazza Del Pane Italian Cafe opened on Pine Street in downtown Paso Robles in January 2019. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Other restaurants and food stores that have opened so far in 2019 include:

  • 1865 Craft House & Kitchen, 1865 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo
  • Asian Bistro, 857 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo
  • Bad Beat Jerky, 702 Dolliver St., Pismo Beach
  • Beachin’ Biscuits, 783 Price St., Pismo Beach
  • Boost Nutrition, 582 California Blvd., San Luis Obispo
  • Central Coast Distillery, 5804 Traffic Way, Atascadero
  • Cured and Cultivated, 825 Riverside Ave., No. 5, Paso Robles
  • Don Q Restaurant, 7600 El Camino Real, Suite 5, Atascadero
  • El Morro Deli, 601 S. 13th St., Grover Beach
  • El Pollo Loco, 11982 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 7693 E. Foothill Blvd., San Luis Obispo

  • Halfway Station, 15050 Morro Road, Atascadero
  • Honey Girl Cafe, 14 N. Ocean Ave., Suite 122, Cayucos
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The husband-and-wife team of Thomas and Chloe Fertel are the owners of Joilene Bakery, the newest addition to The Creamery Marketplace in San Luis Obispo. Joilene Bakery Instagram
  • House of the Rising Buns, 950 Price St., Pismo Beach
  • Joilene Bakery, 570 Higuera St., Suite 180, San Luis Obispo
  • Kin Coffee Bar, 847 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo

  • Milk In It, 858 Foothill Blvd., San Luis Obispo
  • Mon Amie Creperie Cafe, 107 Court St., San Luis Obispo
  • Mo’s Pizza, 840 13th St., Paso Robles
  • Orange Cat Organic Cafe, 2190 Heritage Loop Road, Paso Robles
  • Piazza del Pane Italian Cafe, 1144 Pine St., Paso Robles
  • Rancho Olivos Artisan Olive Oils, 699 Embarcadero, No. 4, Morro Bay
  • Quintessa Coffee Roasters, 1945 Front St., Oceano
  • Sidewalk Cafe, 130 W. Branch St., Suite A, Arroyo Grande
  • The Steaming Bean, 1651 Shell Beach Road, San Luis Obispo
  • Sweet Habits Creations, 14 N. Ocean Ave., Suite 133, Cayucos
  • Sweet Lew’s, 1108 Pine St., Paso Robles
  • Tacos El Viejon, 2780 Main St., Morro Bay
  • Tacos El Primo, 609 Creston Road, Paso Robles
  • Tacos Valle, 635 28th St., Paso Robles
  • Withco Coffee, 570 Higuera St., Suite 190, San Luis Obispo
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California Coast Beer Co. in Paso Robles opened in June in 2019. California Coast Beer Co.

Bars, breweries, distilleries and wineries

California Coast Beer Co., Paso Robles

You can sip craft beer while sitting on a patio made out of reclaimed wood from the old Pismo Beach Pier at this brewery.

The brewery opened its doors in the old Tozzi’s Automotive building at 1346 Railroad St. in June.

Fableist Wine Co., Templeton

The Paso Robles winery opened its second tasting room at 5036 S El Pomar Road in June, replacing Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery.

Known for its Aesop’s Fables-inspired wines, Fabelist Wine Co. opened a tasting room at 3005A Limestone Way in Paso Robles in 2016. The winery shares a building in the popular Tin City complex with Tin City Cider Co.

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Hayseed and Housdon owner and vintner Ted Ross pours wine at his winery’s new tasting room at 1122 Railroad St. in Paso Robles. Courtesy of Ted Ross

Hayseed and Housdon, Paso Robles

The winery opened its first tasting room in August in a former garage at 1122 Railroad St.

Half of the profits from wines sold at Hayseed and Housdon go to local nonprofit groups.

Raconteur Room, Atascadero

This wine and beer bar offers live music, a vintage lounge vibe and a link to a local brewery.

Tyler and Shannon Clark, the founders and previous co-owners of Libertine Brewing Co., opened the Raconteur Room at 5840 Traffic Way in May. The space was previously home to English Rose Antiques and Collectibles.

Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills, San Luis Obispo

The distillery opened in August at SLO Brew’s The Rock at 855 Aerovista Place near the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

Named after co-owners Hamish “Hammer” Marshall and Rodney “Rod” Cegelski, the spot features an “ocean and cowboy” theme.

There Does Not Exist, San Luis Obispo

A former Firestone Walker Brewing Co. brewer operates this craft brewery at 4070 Earthwood Lane, Suite 101, in the industrial area behind Trader Joe’s.

The business opened Labor Day weekend.

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Fitting with its name, There Does Not Exist brewery has no signage on the front of its building, which is located in the industrial area behind Trader Joe’s in San Luis Obispo. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Other bars, brewpubs and winery tasting rooms that opened in 2019 include:

  • Broken Earth Winery, 1650 Ramada Drive, Paso Robles
  • Colony Tavern, 8451 El Camino Real, Atascadero
  • HammerSky Vineyards, 7725 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles
  • Iron Oaks Winery, 1346 Railroad St., Building B, Paso Robles
  • Riley Wines and Hubba Wines, 1140 Pine St., Paso Robles
  • Rhonedonnee Wines, 2323 Tuley Road, Suite 120, Paso Robles

Shops

Athleta, San Luis Obispo

The women’s athletic wear store opened in August at 879 Higuera St., directly across from Ross Dress for Less.

Athleta fills a vacancy left by The Gap, which closed in January. Both brands are part of Gap Inc., which also owns Banana Republic and Old Navy.

Bargain Boutique, San Luis Obispo

Want to shop and support a good cause at the same time?

This higher-end secondhand store, which opened at 553A Higuera St. in July, is run by Achievement House, a local nonprofit that works with adults with intellectual disabilities. The thrift store sells clothing, furniture, artwork and more.

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Ross Dress for Less opened at David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Ross Dress for Less, San Luis Obispo

The discount store chain opened its second San Luis Obispo location in July, moving into a space at the Madonna Plaza shopping center vacated by Sears. A Michaels craft store is moving next door at 273 Madonna Road.

The Ross Dress for Less store at 868 Higuera St. in downtown San Luis Obispo remains open.

Wildflower Women and Sandbox Kids, Pismo Beach

The Central Coast-based chain of upscale boutiques opened its latest luxury clothing store at 890 Price St. in February.

Owner Amber Lease started Wildflower Women in Santa Maria in 2009. The company also has locations in Los Olivos and Orcutt.

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The new Athleta store, which took over the spot vacated by The Gap, opened on Aug. 13, 2019, in downtown San Luis Obispo. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Other shops and stores that opened in San Luis Obispo County in 2019 include:

  • Beauty & Bling, 135 Bridge St., Arroyo Grande
  • Drift Boutique, 178 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach
  • Intent, 699 Embarcadero, No. 3, Morro Bay
  • Megan’s CBD Market, 317 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay
  • Orchid Alley at Something Different, 102 W. Branch St., Arroyo Grande
  • Re-Create Thrift Store, 1601 Main St., Cambria
  • RoCoco Luxe Resale Boutique, 5985 Traffic Way, Atascadero
  • Rogers Jewelry Co., 720 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo
  • This and That and Then Some, 751 Dolliver St., Pismo Beach
  • The Wandering Indian Boutique, 4210 Cloud Way, Paso Robles
  • Village Bike Shop, 107 Bridge St., Arroyo Grande

Hotels

The Agrarian Hotel, Arroyo Grande

The boutique hotel celebrated its grand opening at 325 E. Branch St. in June.

In the works since 2016, The Agrarian Hotel features 54 rooms, a heated pool and a hot tub.

La Quinta Inn & Suites San Luis Obispo by Wyndam

Formerly called The Monterey Hotel, La Quinta Inn & Suites opened at 1845 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo in May.

The hotel, developed by Andrew Firestone’s StonePark Capital in partnership with La Quinta, features 102 rooms, a self-serve breakfast room, a fitness room and a rooftop mini-pool and jacuzzi with 360-degree views of the surrounding hills.

Hotel San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo

This high-end hotel known colloquially as Hotel SLO opened at 877 Palm St. in October.

The 78-room complex, which is located next to the Palm Theatre, features two restaurants — Piandina and Ox + Anchor — as well as a rooftop bar, a spa and bocce ball space.

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Oxford Suites opened July 15, 2019, on 4th Street in Paso Robles. The hotel features a pool and hot tub, along with a fitness center and sauna. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Oxford Suites, Paso Robles

Opening in July, the 101-room hotel at 800 Fourth St. pays tribute to Paso Robles’s historic “Almond Capital of the World” status with its decor.

Oxford Suites has two locations in San Luis Obispo County, including a hotel in Pismo Beach.

Other hotels that have opened so far in 2019 include:

  • Hotel Siri, 715 24th St., Paso Robles
  • Salty Sister at Morro Rock, 1170 Front St., Morro Bay

Other attractions

The Field of Light at Sensorio, Paso Robles

Spread over 15 acres, the glowing installation by artist Bruce Munro opened in May at 4380 Highway 46 East.

Munro brought his lightscape, which features nearly 60,000 fiber optic stemmed lights that slowly change color as visitors walk through the field, as a preview for Sensorio, an interactive garden and art attraction.

Octagon Barn Center, San Luis Obispo

A September grand opening signaled the historic Octagon Barn’s rebirth as a location for weddings and other events. The site off South Higuera Street now includes three buildings and outdoor patio space.

The nonprofit Land Conservancy, which has a 98-year lease on the property, headed up the $7.2 million effort to restore the eight-sided barn.

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Entertainment editor Sarah Linn writes about all things fun, including movies, television, the performing arts, the visual arts and the best places to eat and drink in San Luis Obispo County. A graduate of Oregon State University, she has worked for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo for more than a decade and has earned multiple California journalism awards.
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