YOGURTLAND 8th ANNIVERSARY

Yogurtland has announced that their downtown Santa Barbara store is celebrating its 8 year anniversary on Wednesday May 24th (actual anniversary 5/7). To celebrate in style Yogurtland is having a fun day with prizes and give aways:

  • With a purchase at Yogurtland that day you can entered to win a flat screen TV. Winner will be announced the next day on Facebook live. Winner does not need to be present.
  • First 8 customers will receive a Yogurtland goody bag with a free cup of frozen yogurt coupon and other items
  • 11am-2pm your first 8 ounces are free
  • All day they’ll have the Yogurtland wheel of fortune with giveaways. Yogurtland Real Rewards member receive an extra spin at the wheel and an extra raffle ticket for the flat screen TV
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NOTHING FOR BREAKFAST

I am currently traveling in northern California with my family and we recently stopped at a Denny’s restaurant for breakfast. When I go to Denny’s I almost always order the same thing: two eggs and hash browns. Unfortunately Denny’s never has had this as a package breakfast option so I order it as a series of side dishes for a total of $7 ($3 for hash browns, $4 for two eggs). As I was ordering, a smart and friendly waiter told me of a secret way to save money on my favorite Denny’s morning meal. Instead of ordering two eggs and hash browns as side dishes the waiter told me to order “biscuits and gravy without the biscuits and gravy.” When I told the waiter that it sounds like I am not ordering anything he replied that the biscuits and gravy comes with two eggs and hash browns and that the whole meal costs just $4. So from now on, whenever I make an early run to Denny’s, I’ll be sure to order nothing for breakfast.

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Here is a list of area eateries that have opened in the last year:

  • May 2017: Bear and Star, 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos; Santo Mezcal, 119 State St.; Sun Sushi, 3631 State St.
  • April 2017: Big Eye Raw Bar, 38 W. Victoria St.; Foxtail Kitchen and Bar, 14 E. Cota St.; Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, 2840 De la Vina St.; Kyle’s Kitchen, 791 Chapala St.; Meun Fan Thai Café, 5664 Calle Real, Goleta
  • March 2017: Gimeal Café, 5892 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Petros Kafe, 487 Atterdag Rd., Solvang
  • February 2017: Lao Wang, 6530 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; The Little Door, 129 E. Anapamu St.; The Patio Café, 3007 De la Vina St.; Tangonadas, 1014 State St.
  • January 2017: Bar 29, 1134 Chapala St.; HiWi Tropical Fusion, 6555 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista
  • December 2016: 18 East, 18 E. Cota St. (now closed); Blaze Pizza, 3925 State St.; Mesa Burger, 315 Meigs Rd.; Somerset,7 E. Anapamu St.
  • November 2016: Nikka Ramen, 5701 Calle Real, Goleta; Red Kettle Coffee, 2275 Ortega Hill Rd., Summerland
  • October 2016: The Honey B, 602 Anacapa St.; Phoevermore, 1017 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria
  • September 2016: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Loquita, 202 State St.; Pickles & Swiss, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta; PokeMee, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • August 2016: Pieology, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Pizza Man Dan’s, 699 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Sprouts Farmers Market, 175 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta; Vons, 2010 Cliff Dr.
  • July 2016: American Ale 02, 214 State St. (now closed); Convivo at Santa Barbara Inn, 901 East Cabrillo Blvd.; Corazón Cocina, 38 W. Victoria St.; Drunken Crab, 416 State St.; Helena Avenue Bakery, 131 Anacapa St.; Nona’s Deli, 415 E. De la Guerra St.; Viva Santa Barbara, 1114 State St.
  • June 2016: Angel Oak at the Bacara Resort, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Dunkin Donuts, 3771 State St.; Rusty’s Pizza, 111 State St.; The Nugget, 5096 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria
  • May 2016: Le Petit Bistrot, 532 State St. (now closed); Little Kitchen, 17 West Ortega St.; Nook, 120 Santa Barbara St.; Phamous Café, 7127 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Smart & Final Extra!, 3943 State St.; Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Brew Pub, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta
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NEW MENU AT PATXI’S

Patxi’s Pizza at 515 State Street has new offerings on their menu:

  • Mixed green salad: mixed greens, carrot sticks, cucumber, red onion, grape tomatoes, shaved parm with choice of dressing;
  • Hummus Platter: house made hummus served with crostini, cucumber, carrots and celery;
  • Wings: baked wings with choice of three different sauces (dry rub, buffalo, sweet chili) served with blue cheese, carrots and celery;
  • Entrée Salads: Cobb Salad: Romaine and mixed greens tossed in blue cheese dressing with bacon, chicken tomatoes, egg, avocado, blue cheese crumbles;
  • Piadine:updated menu item (use to be available for lunch only, now available all day long), deep dough stretch out thin then covered with toppings then stuff with arugula and folded over;
  • Pizzas: updated recipes on a couple of classics the bbq chicken combo and funghi pizza have gotten some recipe updates.
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NEW OWNERSHIP

Reader Steve H. tells me that there is a “Change of Ownership” signs at The Mex Authentic, 413 State Street. I’m not sure if that business is still open. He also says that an “Under New Ownership and Management” is on prominent display at Cantwell’s Market & Deli, 1533 State Street. Speaking of signs, Steve H. also noticed that the marquis at the Arlington Theater has a new message: “Now serving cocktails, beer and wine.”

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HITCHING POST CELEBRATES 65th ANNIVERSARY

The Legacy lives on. The Ostini family and staff will be celebrated their 65th year in business at the original Hitching Post on May 1st. It all started in 1952, when their parents Natalie & Frank Sr. purchased the restaurant with his brothers Vic and Bill. I’m told that, over the past six decades, the Hitching Post has garnered a reputation for excellent food and service, and is known around the world. The original restaurant is located in the tiny community of Casmalia, Calif., about 12 miles southwest of Santa Maria.

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SANTO MEZCAL OPENS ON LOWER STATE

Santo Mezcal is the newest restaurant to open in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, debuting the latest concept from restaurateur Carlos Luna who had always wanted to open an elevated Mexican concept. The Luna family and their team have built a loyal following at their Los Agaves Restaurants on Milpas Street, De la Vina Street, in Camino Real Marketplace and in Westlake Village. Santo Mezcal features contemporary Mexican cuisine, alongside a sleek bar featuring an exotic mixology program where a mezcal and tequila collection take center stage.

At Santo Mezcal, Executive Chef Ricardo Garcia presents a modern contemporary Mexican cuisine, rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions that also celebrate local and seasonal ingredients from the Santa Barbara and surrounding regions. With a focus on seafood, some signature dishes on the menu include Camarones Al Mezcal, Mexican shrimp served in a creamy mezcal sauce; Pulpo a Las Brasas, octopus marinated in a special adobo served with house-infused chile oil; Enchiladas Cabo Azul, stuffed with fresh crab; Tacos Toro, featuring Hungaro peppers stuffed with grilled shrimp and octopus in a chipotle sauce; in addition to a variety of signature ceviches. Several standouts will especially appeal to vegetarians including the Tlacoyo De Huitlacoche Y Hongos; thick corn tortilla with huitlacoche, mushrooms, cheese; and Huarache De Nopal; thick corn tortilla with nopalitos, panela, lechuga, black beans and a salsa verde.

True to its namesake, Santo Mezcal’s bar program will offer a large collection of mezcals and tequilas. Led by mixologist Sean Sepulveda, expect house-made infusions, house made fresh pressed juices from seasonal Farmer’s Market fruit and more on the menu. The beer and wine lists will be predominantly Santa Barbara County, with standouts from across the globe.

Santo Mezcal is located at 119 State Street, the former home of Nuance and Blue Tavern. For reservations call 883-3593 or follow them on Instagram at @santomezcal_sb.

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ZIZZO’S ON HOLLISTER CLOSES

Reader SBMizzou let me know that Zizzo’s in Hollister Village Plaza, which opened at 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta last May, has closed their doors. Here is a message to you from Zizzo’s about the closure:

“Dear Zizzo’s Guests, This past year has been a blast with opening the only brew pub/coffeehouse concept in Goleta. Regretfully, due to under-performing numbers, Zizzo’s Coffeehouse and Brew Pub in Hollister Village Plaza closed its doors Sunday, May 7th. We are immensely grateful to everyone who has supported this new Zizzo’s location. To be clear, our original drive-thru coffeehouse (370 Storke Rd) will continue to be open and happily serving rockin’ Zizzo’s coffee. Our second location inside Ice In Paradise Rink (6895 Santa Felicia Dr), will be open as well. Wednesday Trivia Nights will be moved to the giant patio just outside Zizzo’s caffee (there’s no way we could stop all that fun!). Join us there for beer, pizza, food and best part: prizes throughout the night! – The McDonald’s and Zizzo’s Brew Pub Staff”

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SUN SUSHI OPENS ON UPPER STATE

Reader Susie let me know that Sun Sushi has opened at 3631 State Street, in the former home of Ahi Sushi that closed late last year because the owner moved to Colorado. When I interviewed Sun Sushi co-owner Max Kuo, who used to work at Ichiban on the Mesa, I got the impression that his new restaurant offers serious quality and is run by management and chefs who know what they are doing. I would recommend sushi lovers to give them a try. Sun Sushi has been remodeled and updated since the Ahi Sushi days. They use only fresh fish that is never frozen. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they serve fresh fish that is flown in from Japan as a special item on the menu on those days. Kuo suggest you try their Sushi-6-Steps offerings which is a served on a six wooden steps that form a staircase that emerges from your table, and includes soup and salad. The Salmon 6-Steps ($18.96) include 6 styles of sushi made from 3 types of salmon (Scotty, Atlantic, and Ocean-Trout). The Blue Fin Tuna-6-Steps ($37.95) again offers 6 styles of sushi using exclusively Blue Fin tuna. Call 845-7720.

Diners enjoy the Sushi-6-Steps at the new Sun Sushi.

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SPORTSMAN MOVING?

Many readers emailed me to let me know that a public notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages has appeared at 1226 State Street (next to the Granada), in the spot formerly occupied by Ultimate Bagels, Coffee Bean, and Santa Barbara Sandwich Company. The application was filed by the Sportsman Lounge LLC. Of course there is always a chance that this will be a second location but that seems unlikely because Sportsman Lounge is just a block or so away at 20 West Figueroa Street.

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POKECEVICHE COMING TO PASEO NUEVO

While strolling through Paseo Nuevo recently I noticed a new sign that reads “Fresh Seafood – PokeCeviche Fresh Macros Coming Soon.” The sign was on a window in the space immediately to the left of Brookstone, and a peek inside reveals that the building is mostly empty. Poke and Ceviche seafood dishes originate from different geographical regions, and as such, draw on very different ingredients. Poke hails from Hawaii and has traditionally been largely influenced by Asian flavors and ingredients; ceviche has its roots in Latin America and is often accompanied by tangy citrus, fresh herbs, and pepper. Sounds like this business will be offering the best of both worlds.

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MAMA’S BAKERY CLOSED

Readers Hugh, Karl and Christina let me know that Mama’s Bakery at 5342 Hollister Avenue in Goleta has closed. I’m told that the the space they occupied in the building is now empty. I called and confirmed that the phone number is disconnected.

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KOL’S CLOSES

Kol’s Café at 6533 Trigo Road in Isla Vista has closed. I saw a sign on the door that says the closure is temporary and saw a message on Yelp that says they plan to reopen September 1, 2017. I also noticed that their phone number is disconnected and that their Facebook page is gone, so I’ll let you make the call as to what’s really going on.

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SANTA YNEZ BURRITO CLOSES IN ISLA VISTA

Santa Ynez Burrito at 956 Embarcadero Del Norte in Isla Vista has closed. The business opened in March, 2016.

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FOOD BANK’S FORK & CORK FUNDRAISER

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has announced that the 4th Annual Fork & Cork Classic will be taking place on Sunday, May 7 at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. As one of Santa Barbara’s most popular food & wine festivals, Fork & Cork is a signature event for the Foodbank, with all proceeds directly benefiting their mission to end hunger and transform the health of the community through healthy meals and nutritional education. This year’s Fork & Cork honorees are Jasper & Brook Eiler, owners of Harvest Santa Barbara; Archie McLaren, founder of the Central Coast Wine Classic; and Jessica Foster of Jessica Foster Confections, who are being highlighted for their contributions to the culinary arts and their generous support of the Foodbank. For tickets visit forkandcorkclassic.org.

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HELENA AVENUE BAKERY CELEBRATES MOTHER’S DAY WITH “BREAKFAST IN BED”

Helena Avenue Bakery as 131 Anacapa Street has announced Mother’s Day “Breakfast in Bed” Kit for pre-order,  designed to give mothers a break on their special day. The Bakery’s Breakfast in Bed Kit includes savory and sweet items – Asparagus, Lox & Swiss Quiche; Greens & Radish Salad; Raspberry & Pistachio Morning Bun; and Macerated Strawberries with Candied Lavender. Each Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed Kit is generously portioned and ready to serve at home. A variety of wine options are available.  All Mother’s Day “Breakfast in Bed” Kit pre-orders can be arranged at the Helena Avenue Bakery retail counter or by phone. Orders must be completed by 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 11th. Pick-up times for all orders will be scheduled for either Saturday, May 13th after 4:00 p.m. or Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th beginning at 8:00 am. Call 880-3383 or visit helenaavenuebakery.com.

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KANALOA SEAFOOD’S NEW DINNER

Kanaloa Seafood at 715 Chapala Street has launched their first-ever dinner menu (Tuesday-Saturday from 5-9 p.m.) offering new dishes that showcase fresh, sustainable seafood along with locally sourced produce from local farmers markets. Highlights include Bouillabaisse with mussels, clams, market fish, shrimp, and scallop in a tomato fennel broth, Seafood Spaghetti with fish of the day in a red pepper cream sauce, and shaved Parmesan, and Pan Seared Campbell River Salmon with a caper white wine sauce, braised swiss chard, crispy radicchio, sautéed mussels and fresh artichoke hearts. Beyond seafood, the menu also features a Roasted Mary’s Chicken Breast with mashed Yukon gold potatoes and ratatouille, in addition to a Kanaloa Wagyu Burger. Kanaloa also recently rolled out several new small plates, like their Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl, Grilled Baby Octopus, Rock Crab Mac & Cheese, Shrimp Cocktail and much more. Call 966- 5159 or visit kanaloaseafood.com.

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FIRE AT BREWHOUSE

On Wednesday morning April 26, the Santa Barbara City Fire Department put out a fire at The Brewhouse Bistro & Brewery located at 229 W. Montecito Street. Firefighters discovered smoke coming from the roof when they arrived on scene. Firefighters forced entry and found an active fire in the bar area. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is classified as accidental. Reader Steve H. says there is a sign on the premises that says Brewhouse expects to reopen within 2 weeks but I am told that the estimate might have been revised to 2 months.

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ISLANDS RESTAURANT CONFIRMED FOR LA CUMBRE PLAZA

Reader Eric spotted an update to the La Cumbre Plaza web site that shows Islands Restaurant is taking over the space previously occupied by Marmalade Cafe. Reader Eric noted that the names of the business behind Marmalade (inside the mall) are no longer listed on the map indicating that Islands might expand beyond the Marmalade space to fill most of the building. Or not, we’ll see.

On March 8 I publicized a report from reader Bodie that Islands had signed a lease at La Cumbre Plaza. On March 15 reader Bodie reported that Islands takes over the space May 1 and should open in mid-October.

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FOXTAIL KITCHEN AND BAR OPENS ON COTA

Owner Falah Maayah has opened his Mediterranean restaurant Foxtail Kitchen and Bar at 14 East Cota Street, the former home of American Ale. Maayah recommends that you try the Shwarma Sliders (3 Shwarma sliders meat of the day, grilled veggies, roasted tomato, garlic sauce, white sauce, farmers market greens) and the Grape Leaves (ground beef, rice, herbs and spices rolled into grape leaves served with tzatziki). Other items on the menu include Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Lebneh, Red Falafel, Green Falafel, Kofta Rice Bowl and Shwarma Rice Bowl. Salads, sourced with farmers market greens, include Fattoush, Couscous Salad and Beets Salad. In addition to Mediterranean cuisine, Foxtail continues to offer American Ales selection of popular burgers including Make n Bacon Burger, The Original American Burger, Firehouse Burger and PB&J Burger. A cocktail menu is also available including The Tale of the Fox (arak, vodka, fresh lime, pomegranate syrup, simple syrup, rose blossom) and The Foxtail Fix (fresh lemon, fresh blackberries, simple syrup, and choice of gin, vodka, tequila, mezca,, bourbon or rum). Visit facebook.com/foxtail.kitchen

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MEUN FAN THAI CAFE OPENS IN GOLETA

Reader MD tells me that Meun Fan Thai Café has opened at 5664 Calle Real in Goleta, the former home of Cafe International. Meun Fan Thai Café has another location at 1819 Cliff Drive on the Mesa.

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BEAR AND STAR OPENS MAY 1

The Bear and Star restaurant opens May 1 at 2860 Grand Avenue in Los Olivos. The eatery is inside Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in the space previously occupied by Petros, Restaurant Marcella, and Wine Cask. The Bear and Star showcases “Refined Ranch Cuisine” inspired by the Santa Ynez Valley and the heritage of the Parker family. Leading the team is Chef/Partner John Cox, who earned praise for his work at Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. Cox is supported by Santa Barbara native Chef Jeremy Tummel and Sous Chef Trent Shank. Overseeing the restaurant and beverage program is General Manager and Sommelier Rachel Vander Veer.  There are four environments within the restaurant space: The Dining Room; Wine Room for local winemakers and private functions; Chef’s Room for classes and small dining groups; and the Bar/Lounge.

The Bear and Star’s “Refined Ranch Cuisine” model is intertwined to the 714 acre Fess Parker Home Ranch located seven miles away on Foxen Canyon. 75 head of Wagyu cattle are raised and finished with the spent grains and pomace from the family brewery and winery. Also raised on the ranch for use in the restaurant are chickens, quail, rabbits, pigs, bees and a number of heirloom fruits and organic vegetables ultimately linking the Parker family’s expertise in hospitality, wine-making, and ranching to the dining experience. With this all-encompassing ecosystem developed under Chef Cox’s passion and vision, the ranch is supplying much of the produce for The Bear and Star, with beef and pork anticipated to be available by fall 2017.

The all-day menu for lunch and dinner offers Wagyu Fries with garden herb aïoli; Smoked Berkshire Pork Rillettes with grilled country bread & house pickled onion; Deviled Ranch Eggs with Santa Barbara urchin & espelette; Fried Green Tomatoes with “cheese wiz” & bbq spice; Smoked Wagyu Carpaccio with cured egg yolk, koji, charred scallion & radish; Parker Ranch Wagyu Burger with smoked cheddar, tomato jam & butter pickles; Crispy Catfish with re-fried black eyed peas & “blackened” smoked tomato sauce; Berkshire Pork Chop with cheesy grits, syrah braised cabbage & grain mustard pan jus; Wagyu Meat Loaf with potato puree, garden vegetables & pan jus; Gnocchi Stroganoff with mushrooms from the farm & crispy herbs; Parker Ranch Chile with cheddar, chives & cornbread crouton; Local Stuffed Quail with farro risotto, bay laurel and red wine demi glace; Cast Iron Steaks with crispy shallots, demi glace & herb butter; and choices of 60 oz Angus Filet; 12 oz New York; and 18 oz Wagyu Ribeye.

The wine program at The Bear and Star will be curated with same attention to detail as the cuisine.  The family’s Fess Parker, Epiphany and new Fesstivity sparkling wines will be prominently featured and the list will also showcase small production wines from Santa Barbara County’s wineries.  To add depth and balance, an international selection including wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Chateauneuf du Pape and beyond will be available.

The restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 7:00-10:30 a.m.; full day menu for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.and serves brunch on weekends from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. The bar is open every day from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight.

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CAFE ANA REPLACING COFFEE CAT

Jean Yamamura at The Santa Barbara Independent reports that husband-and-wife team of Julian Sanders and Katherine Guzman-Sanders plan to open the Cafe Ana at 1201 Anacapa Street, the former home of Coffee Cat. Yamamura says Cafe Ana will arrive in the fall with a full kitchen and menu featuring open-faced sandwiches, salads, soups, and other items while continuing the coffee focus. Thanks to reader Kay Lee for the tip.

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LA HACIENDA TO REOPEN IN GOLETA

Reader Kay Lee sent me a photo of a sign announcing that Mexican restaurant La Hacienda will soon be reopening at 298 Pine Avenue in Goleta under new ownership. The eatery closed in February last year. I’ll let you know when the chips & salsa start flowing.

Photo by reader Kay Lee

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THE HABIT OPENS IN BUELLTON

Reader Mary says that this week’s big event in the Valley is the long awaited opening of The Habit on Route 246 near McMurray Road. The eatery opened today.

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CALLE REAL UPDATE

Reader George asked me why the windows are papered over at 5677 Calle Real in Goleta, the former home of Denny’s. I stopped by and noticed that there is an asbestos removal truck parked outside and that a for-lease sign is prominently displayed. So my guess is that the place is being cleaned up while the landlord searches for a new tenant.

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KYLE’S KITCHEN REPLACES SILVERGREENS ON CHAPALA

Reader Cris let me know that Silvergreens at 791 Chapala Street is now Kyle’s Kitchen, which is under the same ownership. The eatery offers burgers, shakes, and salads and is open daily from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Silvergreens opened in November 2008 and Isla Vista Silvergreens continues to be open for business as usual. Here is a message to you from management about the transition:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are excited to let you know that we just changed Silvergreens on Chapala to a Kyle’s Kitchen restaurant!  For our amazing Silvergreens customers, don’t worry, Kyle’s Kitchen is our sister restaurant and serves many similar fresh and healthy menu items as the Silvergreens menu you have grown up with.  And don’t forget… Silvergreens still provides a great catering program and our Isla Vista restaurant is still going strong after 21 years!

When we opened Kyle’s Kitchen a little over two years ago in Goleta (inspired by our son Kyle who was born with special needs) we didn’t know what to expect.  We wanted to serve great burgers and salads, and meaningfully give back to our special needs community.  We had no idea the community would embrace our purpose and mission with such passion.  After being voted Best New Restaurant in Santa Barbara and giving back over $100,000 to local special needs organizations in our first two years, we think it’s time to see what we can do with a larger reach.  Our company’s passion for our community and those with special needs is the primary reason we made this change.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kyle’s Kitchen, here’s a little background: Every time you eat at Kyle’s Kitchen you are helping people with special needs reach their potential. That’s because each month we team up with a great special needs organization in our community. In addition to donating a portion of our proceeds to their cause, Kyle’s Kitchen tries to be a place that spreads the word and helps us all connect better to those with special needs. So, come on in to Kyle’s Kitchen, a unique restaurant where you get to eat great food & help great people.

Being a locally family owned business ourselves, here at Kyle’s Kitchen it’s very important that we create a fun and stress-free atmosphere for you and your family. Our friendly staff is looking forward to serving you at Kyle’s Kitchen on Chapala!

Sincerely,
The Kyle’s Kitchen & Silvergreens Team

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SAVOY WINES UPDATE

Last week I wrote that Savoy Wines is opening at the old Kernohan’s Toy Store location, 18 West Anapamu Street. I have been forwarded more information about Savoy Wines. I am told that the business will be brought to you by the much loved Bob Wesley, formerly of the Winehound and Lazy Acres, along with the team from Savoy. I’m sure many will be excited to see Bob back in the spotlight at a local wine store.

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FOOD TRUCK UPDATE

In early March I wrote a story about how a battle is underway between food trucks and the Santa Barbara planning commission over a new ordinance that affects how food trucks can operate. A representative from the city of Santa Barbara has sent me a response to share with you:

“Mr. Dickson, I appreciate the opportunity to respond and help clear up some misunderstandings: The City currently prohibits mobile food vending on private property. In recent years, there has been a rise in this type of land use and in recognition of the community benefits, the New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) proposes to allow food trucks on private property, with some parameters. This has been supported by the Planning Commission since first brought to them in 2015. Proposed provisions to allow Mobile Food Vendors on private property can be found in the Temporary Uses, subsection 28.49.420.E.5 and 28.49.420.F (pages III-210 and III-212) of the Draft NZO document, Feb. 9, 2017), found by navigating to www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/NZO; click on the Reference Documents tab. As for mobile vending on city streets, the City’s current ordinance conflicts with state law. A separate effort that is not part of the NZO is underway to make changes to that ordinance which will have reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions. Thank you. Marck Aguilar, Project Planner, City of Santa Barbara.”

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COOKING UP DREAMS

Over 300 guests, celebrity judges and leading local chefs filled the Grand Ballroom of the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort at the end of last month to vote for their favorite dish and support programs for at-risk youth in Santa Barbara County. The sold-out event raised a record $140,000 for Family Service Agency which will help provide services to those on waiting lists for school-based counseling, Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring, and youth behavioral counseling. “We are humbled and energized by the support of our community,” said Executive Director Lisa Brabo. “This event is not just an important fundraiser for us, it’s a great way to connect with our supporters and share in our passion for providing families with the help they need to develop their own paths for life success.” The Judges’ Choice award went to Peter McNee of Convivo for his Pesce Crudo–ahi and avocado on a squid ink cracker. Owner Adam White accepted the People’s Choice award for Santa Barbara FisHouse for the Prawnton appetizer. Awards were presented by event co-chairs Meredith Garofalo and Emily Nordee.

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