H-PASO ROBLES

Feb 22, 2013 2:48 PM by Ellina Abovian, KSBY News

Paso Robles restaurant closes after 65 years

After 65 years of service, a popular longtime Paso Robles restaurant is closing. Wilson's on Spring Street will serve its last breakfast this Sunday.

The classic American diner has been a go-to spot for its loyal customers since 1948.

"Every Sunday after church we come here. Sometimes we come during the weekend too," said Paso Robles resident Max Gonzales.

Wilson's is known to serve some of the best breakfast in town and is popular for their home-style cooking.

Fried chicken steak with eggs or a classic omelet are among the dozens of menu items. But no matter your order, you can always expect it to be served with a smile.

The intimate staff is like family. Alongside delicious food, they serve memories.

Atascadero resident Betty miller and her husband have been coming to Wilson's for more than 45 years.

"Birthday parties, family gatherings, because of all of the staff here. It's like, they're family too," Miller said.

Currently owned by Harold and Gail Hansen, the restaurant was established by Harold's mother and stepfather, Georgia and Russ Wilson. Harold grew up working in the restaurant and eventually took over the business in 1963. But now, after 65 years of service, they have decided to retire.

For some customers, it is an end of an era. For the Gonzales', Wilson's is a part of their life. Like many others, they hate to see it close.

"I know people that come from the valley when they come out this way in the summer and they come out to have breakfast at Wilson's, you know," Gonzales said.

When Wilson's closes this Sunday, it will be like losing a friend for many of the locals.

A lot of longtime regulars have showed up to swap memories and show their support in these last few days of business for Wilson's.

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