Biz Buzz: SLO nightspot is closing briefly

The Clubhouse at This Old House on Foothill Boulevard has closed its doors to patrons after its liquor license was revoked.

Andrew Adams, owner of the nightspot and restaurant, said he plans to reopen sometime in early February, but must first pay an outstanding sales tax bill to reinstate the liquor license. The Clubhouse closed last week.

The business, known for its showcase of live music, was catapulted into public discussion last year when neighbors complained that the music was keeping them up at night. That issue was mitigated by limiting the hours of live music played at the venue, Adams said.

“Unfortunately, we fell behind on our bills,” Adams said, adding that because of a missed deadline for filing paperwork, the tax authority revoked the business’s liquor license. “We tried keeping the restaurant open without it,” he said, “but frankly, people don’t want to come to dinner without having a drink.”

Adams said about 20 employees are temporarily without work. “I’m embarrassed, but local business people are struggling and I am one of them,” Adams said.

A music festival, organized by Adams, is being planned for Feb. 12 to help raise funds for the business. Information about the event is available at Cheap Thrills in San Luis Obispo.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Architecture firms merging in SLO

Local architecture firm LGA, founded by principal Leonard Grant in 1997, is merging with the statewide architecture firm RRM Design Group, which has headquarters in San Luis Obispo.

RRM chief executive officer Erik Justesen once taught Grant in a Cal Poly architecture class, and Justesen remembers being impressed by his work at the time. The men have been in contact over the years and believed the merger was an appropriate partnership at a time when projects are slowly but steadily increasing after several difficult years of the recession, Justesen said.

LGA has specialized in multifamily; affordable and senior housing; custom residential; and retail and office projects, which blend well into RRM’s portfolio.

Grant will become a principal and director for RRM’s San Luis Obispo office, as Victor Montgomery, who previously led the location, transitions into retirement, according to Justesen.

RRM’s employee totals will increase from 70 to 75, as Grant will bring to RRM all but a few administrative employees, who will lose their jobs.

Grant is involved in the local community, serving on Arroyo Grande Community Hospital’s Foundation Board and committees for the Home Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity of San Luis Obispo.

RRM currently has offices in San Luis Obispo, San Clemente, Oakdale, San Diego and Oakland. Current projects include the San Luis Jet Center, and affordable housing in Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo.

— Julia Hickey