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Pismo Beach locals and eateries wrap up holiday weekend

Posted at 8:52 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 11:52:38-05

With many places on the Central Coast still shutdown because of state mandates, locals and visitors have been looking for things to do outdoors.

Antonia and Paul Clemmensen said they spent this Christmas close to home.

"We spent our holiday at home with very few people and (today) we are taking our Sunday walk that we take every Sunday to Splash Cafe to get our to-go food and eat down in the Pismo plaza," says Clemmensen.

Leann Perez says she is looking forward to taking her dogs out on the beach and barbecuing at her house with her family.

"(We) had a great Christmas and came (to Pismo) yesterday to enjoy the sun instead of being in the fog," she says.

Restaurant workers say it's been a fairly busy weekend for to-go orders.

Sunsets at Pismo's manager said her restaurant was closed on Christmas, but orders started coming in as soon as they got back.

"... It was pretty busy for the people that were already out here before the holiday and wanted to see the beach before they went home," she says.

But what is normally a busy Christmas season in Pismo is looking a little quieter this year.

"It's been good but slower than last year, definitely..." says lead server at Brad's Restaurant, Michelle Barnes.

She says despite the slowdown, the community support has been uplifting.

"I have had people that have come in here frequently stop (and say), 'How are you guys? Are you open? Can we come in? What can we do?', so the local community is very supportive."

Some of the restaurants/eateries open for takeout in Pismo Beach include:
Brad's Restaurant
Sunsets at Pismo Beach
Penny's All American Cafe
Splash Cafe
Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana
Mo's Smokehouse BBQ
F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House
Cool Cat Cafe
Shell Beach Brewhouse