Tio Alberto's Mexican restaurant in San Luis Obispo has closed

Tio Alberto’s has closed after 21 years on Broad Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. Alberto Hernandez, the owner, moved because the building’s owner needed to do a seismic retrofit.

“There’s no way he could do what he had to do with us in it,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez has forwarded his phone lines and hopes to forward his customers to his Tio Alberto’ s location in Pismo Beach, at 841 Dolliver St. He has been in that spot for 20 years, he said.

He’d like to return to San Luis Obispo, but isn’t sure the restaurant could come back to the same place. He believes the landlord will want to raise the rent, and he had been charged what he felt was a premium of $3 a square foot.

According to city seismic retrofit schedules, the building had its date for completion extended from July 2009 to July of this year. George and Kay Kartsioukas, who own the building, could not be reached for comment.