Planning commission approves Pemberton brothers SLO project
July 26, 2015
The San Luis Obispo Planning Commission voted 3-1 Wednesday to approve plans to turn the site of the San Luis Obispo Sports Authority into a bowling alley, restaurant and performance site for live music. The goal is to open in late 2015.
Jeremy and Joshua Pemberton, twin brothers, had requested that the 24,500-square-foot space located on the corner of Chorro and Marsh streets stay open to 2 a.m. However, the planning commission denied their request and voted for the proposed facility to close at midnight.
The Planning Commission’s decision is final unless it is appealed to the City Council by Aug. 2.
For the past six months, the brothers have been soliciting investors to fund their project. Nevertheless, owners of restaurants in San Luis Obispo have raised eyebrows over the $5 million cost of the downtown project saying that the amount is much more than should be needed.
The restaurant owners are especially wary considering the Pemberton brothers’ history in Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara city staffers reported a number of problems with the Pembertons’ 2009 Music and Arts festival. Twiin Productions failed to pay bills to the city for increased police presence, bounced a check to the city and failed to follow permit requirements and city rules, said Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Director Nancy Rapp.
In 2011, the brothers filed bankruptcy claiming $9,750 in assets and $1,431,201 in liabilities including unpaid wages to employees, clothing expenses, dry-cleaning bills, jewelry store debt and money owed to non-profits.