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Bull’s Tavern plans to move to new spot in downtown SLO

Bull's Tavern wants to move from its current location at 1040 Chorro St. to Marsh Street.
Bull's Tavern wants to move from its current location at 1040 Chorro St. to Marsh Street. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Citing high rental costs, Bull’s Tavern, a long-standing bar in downtown San Luis Obispo, is looking to relocate from its existing location at 1040 Chorro St. to 664 Marsh St.

The new location is the former SLO Works welding fabricator shop, adjacent to Takken Shoes and British Sports Cars.

“The rental rate for the tenant space at the Chorro location has become exorbitant to the point of making the existing business nearly unviable and will close permanently upon opening at the new location,” according to a memo submitted to the city by Caron Architecture of Santa Barbara.

The bar’s liquor license will move with it.

On Wednesday night, the Planning Commission will consider the proposal for relocation and city staff’s recommendation to approve it.

The new location offers a 750-square-foot patio and the ability to accommodate 132 patrons compared with 98 at the Chorro Street location.

The bar will keep its same hours, noon to 2 a.m. seven days a week, except for summer and winter Cal Poly graduation days and St. Patrick’s Day when the bar traditionally opens at 6 a.m.

With the motto “Traditional Not Trendy,” Bull’s Tavern is one of six bars and restaurants in downtown San Luis Obispo owned by Bill Hales and a group of business partners. Those include the newly acquired Creeky Tiki Bar & Island Grill, MoTav, Frog & Peach Pub, Bull’s Tavern, The Library and McCarthy’s Irish Pub.

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