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The grand opening of The Clubhouse at This Old House has been a long time coming. Andrew Adams purchased the historic building at the base of Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo in October of 2005 and began an extensive renovation with his own hands.

EXTRA-ORDINARY :  "This is not going to be the typical downtown experience," Andrew Adams said of The Clubhouse at This Old House. "I have designed an environment that people will want to spend time in, and were creating a full entertainment experience that will include great meals and the best bands we can get our hands on." - PHOTO BY KAI BEECH
  • PHOTO BY KAI BEECH
  • EXTRA-ORDINARY : "This is not going to be the typical downtown experience," Andrew Adams said of The Clubhouse at This Old House. "I have designed an environment that people will want to spend time in, and were creating a full entertainment experience that will include great meals and the best bands we can get our hands on."

# The former Los Osos insurance agency owner and a team of workers have rebuilt the Clubhouse literally from the ground up installing new plumbing, bathrooms, electrical wiring, lighting, kitchen equipment, and a roof while adding custom woodwork and tiling throughout while upgrading significant original bits and pieces in an attempt to pay homage to the building's history.

Through the years, the landmark 1917 building was known as The Callaway House, This Old House, AJ Spurs, and, most recently, Pinky Carmine's. When it re-opens for business on April 20 as The Clubhouse at This Old House, it will combine elements from a European-style clubhouse, a country club, a healthy, upscale restaurant, and, as Adams says, "a rockin' old house of blues."

The main bar will feature 12 custom beers on tap, local wines, and a premium well. Adding to the ambiance are five 42-inch high-definition TVs, three stone fireplaces, two huge patios, a pair of pool tables, a VIP room, a private deck, a state-of-the-art sound system, a stage, and views of Bishop Peak and San Luis Mountain.

The atmosphere is upscale without being pompous, and the music will be live and rocking. The Clubhouse plans to feature local musical entertainment in the bar as a pleasant background during dinner. More lively local and traveling bands will hit the Clubhouse's stage every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

The Clubhouse is also offering certain sports clubs membership benefits, which allow members access to the VIP room, private deck, and more. Adams, a former SLO Rugby player and president, envisions San Luis Obispo as a Mecca for club sports. With local clubs competing for national championships in women's water polo and lacrosse and men's rugby, his vision is right on.

Leading the Clubhouse's kitchen staff is Chef Greg Holt, a Santa Barbara City College-educated culinary artist who was instrumental in the creation of the Big Sky and Pelican Point menus. He explains the Clubhouse's menu as pure, simple food.

Though just three miles northwest from the heart of downtown, the Clubhouse feels light years removed. In an effort to help ease access to the property, Adams will provide a free shuttle that loops patrons from downtown to the venue.

The Clubhouse at This Old House is located at 740 West Foothill in San Luis Obispo. For more information, call 548-8500 or visit www.clubhousereport.com.

Staff Writer Kai Beech compiled this week's Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to rmiller@newtimesslo.com.

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