The Wineman Hotel in downtown San Luis Obispo recently got a new neon sign. The Wineman has been undergoing a remodel and it looks like it’s almost done. There will be 2 levels of studio apartments with retail on the ground floor. A Chipotle is one of the businesses that is supposed to go in. I took the above photo tonite at the end of Farmers Market when the vendors had left but the streets were still closed.
In April of 1999, I happened to be in downtown SLO with my digital camera. There had been a windy storm and the old Wineman sign was starting to fall. They closed off Higuera and Chorro to remove it. As you see by the first photo below, there was plenty of onlookers. In the bottom photo, some clueless person walked through the police tape and stopped RIGHT UNDER THE SIGN. People started yelling at him telling to get out of there quick! Looks like he might have been on the phone.
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