Two people with experience working in high-end Las Vegas hotels and restaurants have teamed to open Nosh at 1401 Park St. in Paso Robles.
Nosh is now open for breakfast and lunch, but owners Fanny Alcantar and executive chef Esther Abobo plan to offer after-dinner drinks, including local wines, and tapas after they obtain a liquor license.
Abobo graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in 2006 and has worked for Emeril Lagasse among other celebrity chefs; former jobs include chef at the Paris and Monte Carlo Casinos in Las Vegas.
She considers Paso Robles an up-and-coming winery town and said she wants Nosh to grow along with the city.
The approximately 3,500-square-foot space that houses Nosh is the former home of Artisan restaurant, which moved to 843 12th St. in Paso Robles.
Before moving in, Abobo and Alcantar renovated the building — re-doing the ceiling fixtures, putting in new floors, adding new granite counters at the bar and making some changes in the kitchen. Abobo declined to disclose how much they’ve invested in Nosh renovations. They are leasing the space.
The restaurant, which opened July 15, has a staff of around 15, mostly full-time employees. Abobo said her goal is to provide simple dishes, beautifully cooked, at reasonable prices. The restaurant features traditional breakfasts starting at $8.95 and a range of eggs benedict dishes, pancakes, omelets and other breakfast foods. The lunch menu starts at $9.95 and offers gourmet burgers, salads, sandwiches and wraps.
As they pinpoint what’s popular on the Central Coast “and see what people want and request, the next menu is going to change our Vegas thinking into Paso thinking and implement more of what Paso food is, or should be,” Abobo said.
She said they intend to open a few more restaurants exploring other cuisines, in particular a steak and seafood house.