Nautical Bean's downtown SLO location closes; sandwich shop to move in

As one business closes in downtown San Luis Obispo, another opens.

The Nautical Bean coffee shop at 1028 Chorro St. has closed its doors after being open less than a year. Owner Brett Jones blamed sluggish sales. “Sales were just below what we were anticipating for the downtown location,” he said. “We are a family-owned business, and we had to decide what was best for our family.”

Closing the downtown location made good business sense, Jones added. “It’s not a sad thing.”

Jones was able to transfer the lease and sell some of his equipment to the owner of the new business moving into the space. But he would not discuss any financial particulars of the closure.

The original Nautical Bean, at 11560 Los Osos Valley Road, remains open and will undergo a facelift. Some features that were popular at the downtown location will be implemented into the original Nautical Bean, such as music and poetry events.The Chorro Street space won’t be empty for long.

Sal’s Sandwiches and Beer, a “big city-style sandwich shop,” will take over the lease.

The shop, which will feature more than 30 sandwich creations, including vegetarian and vegan options, is named after Sal Paradise, a character in the 1950s Jack Kerouac novel “On the Road.”

Shop owner James Whitaker also owns Kreuzberg, Ca., a coffee shop on Higuera Street, and the Sidecar restaurant and bar on Broad Street.

“My team and I have learned that we can bring cool concepts to the area, successfully and quickly,” Whitaker said. “A downtown sandwich shop will do really well. There’s a big hole in the market for big city-style sandwiches in the downtown area.”

Whitaker said he sees opportunity when spaces downtown open up. “I wasn’t looking for this, but it came along, and it was just too good to pass up.”

In other changes downtown, Old World Charm, at 1235 Monterey St. and Matthew Taylor’s Home décor shop at 1511 Monterey St. are going out of business.

Phone calls made to owners of each business were not returned.

Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. More than 115 active medical staff members practice at Twin Cities, and 50 local residents volunteer at the hospital.

Twin Cities Community Hospital’s critical care department also recently received its second Bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

The award, which it previously won in 2009, indicates that Twin Cities meets national criteria for leadership, staffing, evidence-based practice and patient outcomes.

Only eight hospitals in California have earned this award, according to a recent news release.

— Tribune staff report