Upper Crust Trattoria in the Laguna Village Center in San Luis Obispo has nearly doubled its space, adding a full bar, wine room and banquet room. It now can seat 188 people.
The construction project, which cost more than $1 million, was completed in early December, according to Ron Tyni, who with his wife Terez has owned Upper Crust for 22 years. The remodeled restaurant spans 4,900 square feet.
Several months ago, when a used-clothing store for children that was located directly behind the restaurant went out of business, Upper Crust expanded into the 2,300 square-foot space.
“The remodel has made a big difference,” Ron Tyni said.
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The last time the space was remodeled was 13 years ago. “We were happy with the way it was, but I guess it was time to make a change,” Tyni said. “We have the Olive Garden coming in down the street, and we’re not sure how that’s going to affect us.”
Tyni credits the owners of the building for covering most of the expenses incurred during the remodel.
“They have been very generous landlords. We feel very grateful they have that much confidence in us,” Tyni said. “The remodel has made a big difference already. Business has increased 22 percent since December.”
As a result of the expansion, Upper Crust hired four more full- and part-time employees, bringing its total workforce to 45.
Upper Crust, located at 11560 Los Osos Valley Road, is open Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.