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Central Coast Updates

Et Voila on Los Osos Valley rd. has served it’s last meal. Jose Dahan closed the restaurant to spend more time with his family. He will continue to do catering and cooking classes.

Shawn’s on Main in Morro has also closed. The owner on his Facebook page indicates he will open a pizza parlor sometime soon in North Morro Bay.

Sebastians General Store in San Simeon has changed hands. Ian McPhee, of McPhees in Templeton has purchased it.

I don’t know if this will affect the restaurants. But, Robert Clouston has been sentenced to one year in Jail. He is the owner of Roberts and Estrella in Paso Robles, as well as the newly opened Roberts in Arroyo Grande.

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  1. Thank for the update to this unique destination area.

    Sadly no hope for the reopening of the wonderful La Simpatia Cafe in Guadalupe, even though the sign beckons that it will be re-opening soon ---which is no several years old and looks like no earthquake repairs have even been started.

    A new Simpatia would not be the same anyway. Good buy counter stools, kitsch on the walls, formica countertops and tuck and roll naugahyde booths. And the best chile rellenos on the planet, thanks to ToodieJane's CH tip.

    1. Oh no, I can just see Sebastians' prices going up and the lovely, funky, ambience changing. We'll be in the area in a few weeks, will head up there with fingers crossed.

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      1. re: judybird

        Please do let us know what you find out. I'd also be interested in knowing whether Hearst Ranch beef cuts can still be purchased there.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          New Frontiers in SLO has been purchased by Whole Foods and I know they carry some Hearst Ranch beef.

        2. Has anyone tried the Harmony Cafe? The menu piqued our interest but with two young children along, it wasn't doable.

          1. Add another to the list. Hoppes Garden Bistro in Cayucos is closing. The new Owners indicate the sales were not what the hoped for and are going to concentrate on their other restaurant, Schooerrs, across the street. Too bad, for years this was one of the better restaurants on the Central Coast.

            1. Why is Robert Clouston in jail?

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                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Thanks, Melanie.
                  Scamming old people...a real class act!!!

              1. An update on Central Coast updates: We spent the past week in lovely, cool Cambria, and have bad and good news. The bad - Sebastian's is still there, but a shadow of its former self. Very limited menu - two burgers, a few sandwiches and a couple of salads. The interior has been cleared out, all the funky old coolers are gone, and there's more seating inside now. We didn't eat there, but from what we saw and the comments of a few locals led us to believe that it's now just an okay place to eat - not bad, they still use Hearst beef in the burgers, but no more of the "oh boy, I can't wait for lunch" that we used to feel. But it was still pretty crowded at lunch time, so I suppose they don't need to be any better than they are.

                The good news is the Harmony Cafe, our lunch there was delicious. I had a warm chicken, pesto, brie sandwich, DH had pasta with Italian sausage and tomato sauce. Both dishes were fresh and made to order. They have a small wine list, but there's no corkage fee; we brought our own. We'll definitely go back next time we're in the area.