Biz Buzz: Greek and Mexican mix at new SLO restaurant

A new restaurant, specializing in a mix of Greek and Mexican foods in a casual environment, is scheduled to open next month in downtown San Luis Obispo.

The Wild Donkey Cafe, opening at 1131 Broad St., will seat 44 guests, owners George and Kay Kartsioukas said.

The couple moved to the Central Coast from San Francisco and have been in the restaurant business for more than 20 years.

Three years ago, the couple bought the building that housed Tio Alberto’s. But the city tagged the structure as an unreinforced masonry building and required it to undergo a seismic retrofit.

The work could not be done while Tio Alberto’s remained open, so, after 21 years at that location, restaurant owner Alberto Hernandez closed the doors of his San Luis Obispo restaurant. The Pismo Beach location of Tio Alberto’s remains open.

Over the last several months the Kartsioukases have been working to bring the building into compliance with the city’s seismic retrofit mandate.

“The restaurant has been completely redone,” Kay Kartsioukas said. “We have renovated the building back to the original brick and original wood-beamed ceiling, and we now have patio seating.”

The Wild Donkey will offer a variety of dishes such as soups, salads, tamales and tacos as well as lamb and chicken shish kebabs.

Prices will vary from $4 to about $12. Customers will place their orders at a counter, and the food will be brought to their table.

— Stacy Daniel