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Locally-Owned Sister Restaurants Persevere Through Hospitality Crisis, Re-Invent Themselves for the World of Covid-19

As businesses shutter their windows, four locally-owned restaurants persevere to deliver the same quality experiences under different circumstances.

The restaurant family of Luna Red, Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Robin’s Restaurant, & Mint + Craft has been around for years (30+ years for Robin’s) and experienced tribulations from 9/11 to the market crash of ‘08. Now, the Covid-19 crisis and economic downturn are further proving owners Robin Covey & Shanny Covey’s resilience and responsiveness to such events.

In a matter of weeks, creekside Novo Restaurant & Lounge was transformed into an artisanal bodega specializing in farmer’s market-fresh produce, house-made goods, freshly baked desserts & more. That grocer has since moved to Luna Red and expanded to become ‘The Marketplace at Luna Red’, causing a trip to the grocery to be stress-free and beneficial to the local community. The Marketplace has created a center for artisanal global items, ranging from Spanish to Middle Eastern inspiration. Moving forward, they plan on increasing the amount of specialty house-made items.

The Eatery at Luna Red features a global menu, small plates, and award-winning paella under the direction of grassroots Chef Shaun Behrens. Located in the backyard of the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, this craft-casual eatery is open daily from 8a-8p for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Novo is now offering its iconic global cuisine creekside again for limited dine-in service. The youngest restaurant, Mint + Craft, has shifted its focus to offering barista drinks with a grab and go menu. Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria has just re-opened for limited dine-in service. All locations are implementing safety measures such as requiring staff to wear masks, mandatory employee health screenings,  socially-distanced tables, & more.

About Luna Red

Located next to the Mission Plaza in the heart of San Luis Obispo, The Eatery at Luna Red offers guests exceptional cuisine in a craft-casual setting. The Marketplace is downtown San Luis Obispo’s grocer offering house-made goods, fresh produce & unique provisions. Open daily from 8a-8p. Visit or Instagram @luna_red.

About Robin’s Restaurant

Voted several times as "Best North Coast Restaurant" by the San Luis Obispo New Times' "Best of SLO County" reader's poll, Robin’s Restaurant features handcrafted comfort cuisine with an array of international flavors made from farmers' market-fresh ingredients. Open Tuesday - Sunday for Lunch & Dinner. Visit or Facebook

About Novo Restaurant & Lounge
Robin Covey, Novo’s owner, has been a restaurant proprietor on the Central Coast since the 1980s. Novo’s global cuisine & creekside ambiance has been voted as Best Restaurant in SLO by New Time Readers 8 times and Best Outdoor Dining 15 consecutive years.  Novo is open daily from 11a-9p. Visit their website or Instagram @novorestaurant.

About Mint + Craft

Mint + Craft will officially open on Wednesday, June 10th. Its operating hours will be daily from 8a-4p for grab + go items and barista drinks. Their tastefully handcrafted cuisine is a convenient choice for those looking to enjoy a quick bite on a sunny patio or on the go. Visit their website or Instagram @mintandcraft.


Isabella Curtoni, Marketing for Blue Mango Management

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