Locals flock to newly remodeled store, cafe

Historic Sebastian’s General Store & Cafe in Old San Simeon Village has reopened after extensive remodeling.

Abby and Brian Lucas, who formerly owned Courtyard Deli in Cambria, open the cafe from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. daily. The cafe serves Hearst Ranch beef in beef dips, chili and meat loaf.

The shop is turning into a cowboy hangout, Brian Lucas said. He said they get a lot of ranch people in there, a lot of locals. He added that they haven’t had a slow day since they opened.

A general store opened in the village in 1873 to serve workers in the whaling, mining, dairy and shipping industries. The store, a historical landmark, has remained in operation most of the time since.

Sebastian’s now sells a range of items, from shirts and toys to canned goods, novelty candies, camping and fishing gear, hardware, work gloves and boogie boards. The space is leased from the Sebastian family.
A 130-year-old post office branch shares the building, which is across San Simeon Road from William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

—Kathe Tanner From the Cambrian