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Popular Avila Beach restaurant closes

Posted at 2:43 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 21:32:18-05

UPDATE (5 p.m.) - Port San Luis Harbor District Manager Andrea Lueker tells KSBY News Olde Port Inn closed mid-December.

Lueker did not give a specific reason as to the closure but said the restaurant's lease expires at the end of this month.

For the past few years, the district has talked about doing a request for proposals (RFP) at the site once the current lease expired.

Lueker says anyone can apply, but they've discussed the site being a new restaurant.

The space is in California Coastal Commission jurisdiction and there are strict requirements on what the space at the end of the pier can be used for.

The RFPs process should be opening up in the coming months and will then go through a strict vetting process, according to Lueker.

ORIGINAL STORY: A popular eatery in San Luis Obispo County is no more.

A sign up at Olde Port Inn located at the end of Harford Pier in Port San Luis says the business is closed but did not give any reason as to why.

It appears the sign, which says, "We apologize for any inconvenience," was posted by the Port San Luis Harbor District.

Known for its ocean view, some have called the restaurant the best place for fresh seafood on the Central Coast.

The restaurant’s website is no longer active and the phone number goes to a voicemail, which is not accepting messages.

Some customers took to the business’s Facebook page to express their disappointment.

“My husband and I arrived for our 7pm dinner RESERVATION on New Year’s Eve to find a sign that simply said you were closed and to go to a different restaurant on the pier. We were shocked/sad/irritated. Is this it for the olde port inn?,” one comment said.

KSBY’s calls to Olde Port Inn’s manager, David Whitestine, have gone unanswered.

KSBY also reached out to the Port San Luis Harbor District but has not yet heard back.