Debbie Thomas

Downtown Business Spotlight – Thomas Hill Organics

With its large patio doors, vaulted ceilings, clean lines, and white furnishings, Thomas Hill Organics rightfully feels grand. Located above Williams Sonoma in the Chinatown development on Monterey Street, owner Debbie Thomas opened the 4,000 square foot restaurant last fall—a full seven and a half years after the original Thomas Hill Organics was opened in Paso Robles. Designer Barry Goyette accomplished the goal of an approachably elegant fine dining establishment with the generous patio, whimsical light fixtures and plateware, and large scale black and white floral photographs, all shot by Barry himself.

While working in sales and marketing, Thomas ran a community supported agriculture (CSA) program on her ten acre organic farm, bestowed with 900 fruit and nut trees and row crops. After several of her accounts closed, and in a brilliant stroke of insight, Thomas decided to quit sales and open a restaurant, and successfully made a business plan, got a loan, procured a location, went through the permitting process, and got it up and running …in a mere three months. Now, after nearly a successful decade of Thomas Hill Organics in Paso, Thomas’s SLO location features more fine dining and ethnic variety than the Paso location, which is more French-driven and open air (though there are synergies between the two locations). Though the farm no longer supports the restaurants, both locations source from local farmers’ markets, including our very own Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market on Thursday nights. Chef Dmitry Cotler shops the markets himself, and is given creative freedom in his work: a quick review of the menu reveals an immense variety of proteins, including free-range poultry, grass-fed meats, tuna, salmon and oysters; wood-oven pizzas; vegetarian red curry; and a healthy smattering of seasonal fresh salads. Where to begin? “I love the heirloom tomato & burrata salad and the smoked salmon on potato latkes” says Thomas; both are on the brunch menu. Local beer and wine pair nicely with many items on the menu. Thomas Hill seats 122 and is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Enjoy live music at the restaurant on Saturday evenings and for Sunday brunch through October.

Thomas Hill Organics
Debbie Thomas, Owner
858 Monterey Street
(805) 457-1616