After an eight-year run at the corner of Chorro and Higuera streets in downtown San Luis Obispo, Corner View Restaurant & Bar has shut its doors.
“We enjoyed our time, we enjoyed San Luis Obispo and the customers we had come in,” co-owner Bill Carpenter said. “We’ve done our best to take care of them, and we’ve gotten a lot of support from people [who learned] we’ve closed, and that’s kind of nice to know.”
Citing escalating food prices, rent, and utility bills, Carpenter said it became infeasible for the restaurant to continue operating. Revenues actually increased this year for Corner View, but still didn’t outpace rising costs.
“I can’t keep raising the prices of my salads, my sandwiches, or whatever,” he said.
The restaurant employed about 30 people. Carpenter said September and October are historically slow months, but this year he and his wife and co-owner Patty were unable to eke through.
“It just got to the point where in order to stay open we needed more money, and I couldn’t get a loan from my bank,” he said.
An increase in walk-in, walkout style restaurants in downtown SLO, where tipping isn’t a priority, have drawn down Corner View’s lunch crowds, he added.
Asked whether he plans to open a new restaurant, Carpenter said, “I’m not sure. We’re looking for jobs.”