UPDATE: Eric Ebeling, the owner of the San Luis Obispo franchise, said the restaurant should be open Oct. 14. He plans to hire about 15 employees initially.
Ebeling, whose parents live in San Francisco, worked at a sandwich shop for several years while living in Minnesota, and decided that operating his own sandwich shop in San Luis Obispo would be the key to relocating to here.
Moreover, Ebeling was impressed with Mr. Pickle’s sandwiches. The bread supplier, he said, is Boudin from San Francisco.
“We fell in love with them,” he said of the Mr. Pickle’s sandwiches. “We believe in it. When we’re up with mom and dad in San Francisco, we drive over half an hour to get one.”
ORIGINAL: Mr. Pickle’s is on its way to San Luis Obispo.
The sandwich shop is taking the space formerly occupied by the Olde Port Inn eatery and fish market, which opened for a short time at 1075 Olive St.
“It’s a younger franchise, and they are expanding pretty rapidly,” said Michael Cohen, who closed the San Luis Obispo Olde Port Inn eatery and market in December.
Calls to Mr. Pickle’s were not answered Monday, but the restaurant's website notes that a San Luis Obispo location is coming soon. The site described Mr. Pickle’s as “serving the fast growing, fast casual” market. Its focus is on specialty deli sandwiches and salads.
Cohen, owner of the Olde Port Inn fish markets in Avila Beach and Arroyo Grande, said he closed the San Luis Obispo restaurant because “it just took up so much of my time.”
After the manager of the Avila store left, “everything changed,” Cohen said. “It threw me for a loop,” said Cohen, whose brother, Leonard, owns the Olde Port Inn restaurant in Avila. “I was working 14 hours a day, and that wasn’t going to cut it, so I had to let something go.”