Lotus Asia’s Best, a San Luis Obispo restaurant which features Vietnamese cuisine and Mongolian barbecue, has moved downtown into the building that used to house The Wild Donkey Cafe.
Lotus opened in its new location at 1131 Broad St. on June 6. Alexandra Nguyen, Lotus’ owner, said she is eager to be in a downtown location, where she believes she will get more patrons, although the rent is significantly higher than their previous building and the space is almost half the size.
The Broad Street site is about 1,000 square feet smaller than Lotus’ old location by the San Luis Obispo Amtrak station. One difficulty, said Nguyen, is fitting the restaurant’s large Mongolian barbecue into the new space.
Over Lotus’ five years in business, Nguyen says they have seen gradual growth and a steady incline in sales, which has allowed them to move to their downtown location. Nguyen, who declined to disclose how much the business invested in the restaurant’s move, said that Lotus kept the same staff of 14, including four full-time workers.
Nguyen said they hope to expand in the future, but for now they are focusing on getting the word out about their new location and bringing in the regulars for lunch.