ATASCADERO — Paul Say was a little concerned, before closing Malibu Brew in January, that his old regulars might not find the place again after a move across El Camino Real to East Mall.
Ten weeks later doors are open on a polished and new shop in the building behind Century 21 facing the Sunken Gardens and he’s less worried.
“Come by at 11 [a.m.] and we’ll be full of kids,” he said on a Monday morning, five days after opening, “they know we’re here and they’ve been waiting to see us again so that’s been amazing.”
The move was forced as the former gas station building which housed the coffee shop for over a decade was disassembled and sold off to make room for the La Plaza development on El Camino.
Paul and Lakhena Say are working out the flow of work in the new setting and getting back to coping with bursts of traffic after being geared up for the move and space renovation. Regulars are coming back into routines, too.
“Right now it’s all good problems to have,” Paul added. “We really want to catch up with old friends but we’re really busy.”
All of the food, coffees and camaraderie is the same, but the new location has much more natural lighting, windows and seating, complete with new art on double the floor space.
“We can stay busier than we used to with all of the seating,” he adds.
With a soft opening rolled out via word of mouth and a boost from social media, a planned grand opening was tentatively being scheduled for Friday, April 19.
The Say’s sent invitations to the Atascadero Police and Fire Departments and their friends just down the street at City Hall.
Malibu Brew’s new counter for Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream, the first counter to serve it in the North County, will no doubt be a star attraction.