SOJOURNER UPDATE

Food news junkie and rumormonger Chompee McGillicutty tells me that a taco joint and sushi restaurant, perhaps connected to Miso Hungry, will split the old Sojourner spot at 134 East Canon Perdido Street.

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SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET OPENS

Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market opened at 165 North Fairview Avenue, the former home of Safeway, Vons and Haggen. A ribbon cutting was held at 7 a.m. this morning. On Saturday August 27th the first 200 customers will receive coupons for five free sandwiches, and on Sunday August 28th every 15th customer will receive a $5 coupon, valid for a week, that can be used when you spend more than $15.

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PIEOLOGY OPENS SATURDAY

Reader Cris gave me the heads-up that pizza parlor Pieology of Goleta is getting close to opening so I stopped by the restaurant and confirmed the news. Hollister Village Plaza’s newest tenant is scheduled top open Saturday, August 27th at 7000 Hollister Avenue in Goleta. This franchised location is run by Cotti Foods that operates locations in Hawaii and around California. “The brand is about inspiration and customization where a guest can come in and tell us exactly how they want their pizza,” says Shane Gray, VP of Marketing for Cotti Foods. “You want more mushrooms? No problem. Even more mushrooms? No problem! Making it the way you want it is what makes it special.”

Pieology, which has more than 100 locations across the U.S., offers more than 30 different topping choices at a fixed price which results in hundreds of pizza combinations that can be custom-made for each customer. Menu options include sauces such as herb butter, red sauce or olive oil as well as a variety of cheese choices including mozzarella, parmesan or gorgonzola. Toppings include a range for meats such as chicken, sausage or meatball to a variety of vegetables or unique items like jalapeno or pineapple. Pieology also offers “after bakes” that can be added after the pizza such as roasted red peppers, dollops of red sauce or pesto. Gluten-free crust is also available.

Pieology joins Smart & Final Extra!, Zizzo’s at the plaza and future tenants include Dickey’s BBQ, Pickles & Swiss, Poke Me and Kyle’s Kitchen.

Hours are 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Visit pieology.com

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TACO BELL REOPENS

Reader Cris let me know that the “new” Taco Bell at 140 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta has opened. The dated building was demolished earlier this year and a brand new restaurant now awaits Taco Bell fans.

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LOS ARROYOS 12th ANNIVERSARY

This just in from Los Arroyos, 1280 Coast Village Road in Montecito:

Hello John!!

Thank you for writing every week in the Indy!!  We love following our local restaurant and hospitality pals in SB!!!

Wanted to let you know that next Thursday, August 25th is our 12th Anniversary at Los Arroyos Montecito and like we did at Fiesta, we will have the same, awesome Mariachi join us to celebrate at dinner…. drink specials and birthday festivities as well!!!!!

Many thanks!!
Maria

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COFFEE CAT CLOSING

Reader Primetime sent a tip that local java institution Coffee Cat at 1201 Anacapa Street is closing. I called the business and was told that August 31 will be their last day. Financial difficulties is cited as the reason. Here is a message for you:

“Neighborhood Thank-You Morning. Thu Aug 25th 6am-11am
Join is for brewed coffee and treats on the house! After more than 20 years on this gorgeous corner, we are closing our doors at the end of August. We would like to thank our amazing customers and staff for your loyalty and friendship, we will miss our Coffee Cat family! It has been an honor to be a part of this special community.”

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INDIA HOUSE CLOSING

Reader Karl tells me that India House restaurant at 418 State Street, which opened February 2010, will be closing their doors at the end of August. I stopped by the restaurant and a representative confirmed the news. This will be the second Indian restaurant to close this summer. India Club at 5701 Calle Real in Goleta closed in July.

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SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET OPENS AUG 24TH

For the 3rd time in a year and a half the grocery market at 165 North Fairview Avenue will change names. It started as Vons, had a brief stint as Haggen, and now will be the home of Sprouts Farmers Market. At  7 a.m. on August 24th there will be a ribbon-cutting followed by giveaways including 20 percent discount for the first 200 shoppers.

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KYLE’S KITCHEN OPENING NEW LOCATION IN HOLLISTER VILLAGE PLAZA

Reader Annie let me know that the web site for Hollister Village Plaza at 7000 Hollister Avenue in Goleta has announced that they have signed up Kyle’s Kitchen to be a tenant at the east end of the shopping center, next to upcoming eateries Pieology and Poke Me. In December 2014 Kyle’s Kitchen opened a location at 5723 Calle Real in Goleta between Petrini’s and Trader Joe’s. Visit kyleskitchen.com.

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DAVE’S DOGS

This just in from reader Mike:

“Just an FYI for those that like hot dogs.  Dave’s Dog’s is now operating during the lunch hour in Old Town Goleta at the corner of Magnolia and Hollister (next to the Auto Stereo place).  Their Facebook page seems to indicate this is semi-permanent.”

Visit facebook.com/davesdogs805

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RED PIANO OPENS

This just in from reader CattyGirl:

“I just walked past the newly opened Red Piano bar. It was packed with a waiting line. The ‘piano man’ was singing Billy Joel. There is a disco ball. Nice vibe, happy people.” Red Piano is at 519 State Street, formerly Statemynt and the Study Hall.

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LA ENTRADA DE SANTA BARBARA

Reader Primetime tells me that a sign has appeared for a new eating place to be named “La Entrada de Santa Barbara” at 30 State Street. The owner is Mason Palms LTD of Malibu. This location is in the new waterfront development zone, approximately where Hot Spots used to be.

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ZIZZO’S BREW PUB GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION AUG. 20TH AND 21ST

Last May Zizzo’s opened a location in the new Hollister Village Plaza, 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta. Zizzo’s is presenting an interesting concept to the Central Coast; a location that operates as a coffeehouse in the morning and then converts to a full-on sports bar and brew pub in the evening. Zizzo’s will continue to offer coffee and breakfast items in the morning hours (and throughout the day), however in the afternoon and evening the Hollister location becomes a sports bar and pub.

Zizzo’s has a large wrap-around bar, multiple TV’s and 10 local craft beers on tap. The Grand Opening celebration kicks off August 20th at noon and continues through Sunday, August 21st. Complete with beer tastings, Tri-Tip BBQ, live music, giant Jenga, and a competitive corn hole tournament. Attendees will have the chance to win a free flight anywhere in the United States through a raffle that will be going on throughout the weekend, among other prizes. This grand opening event will be an opportunity to officially introduce the community to Zizzo’s Brew Pub and have the residents experience an establishment that can be a coffee fix in the morning, and a community gathering place in the evening.

The Brew Pub menu includes Garlic Knots $5, Nacho Madness $7.95, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers $6-$12, Chicken Wings $9.95, Quinoa & Baby Kale Salad $7.95, Chicken Caesar Salad $9.95, Mediterranean Salad $8.95, Hummus and Flatbread $6.50, Spicy Mac & Cheese $9.95, Cuban Sandwich $11.95, Pulled Pork Sandwich $10.95, and Carnitas Tacos $9.95.

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DINNER WITH THE MISSTRESS OF SPICE

160811-Aparna-Sherman3On Wednesday August 24th, 6-9 p.m. join Aparna Sherman, a local private chef & cookbook author, as well as co-owner of Nectar Eatery & Lounge, for a four course Indian-inspired dinner. This will be an intimate dinner for ten people in the garden of her home, with instruction. Here is the menu: Course 1: Raja Mixture – a tangy spicy mix of onions, lime juice, roasted peanuts and chili, Papadums. Course 2 : Cucumber Mung Bean Sprouts Coconut Salad with gluten-free savory Pakoras. Course 3: Goan Fish Curry with fresh seasonal fish, Cumin Scented Basmati Rice, Stuffed Pan-Fried (de-seeded) Chilies, Date-Ginger Chutney, Cabbage and coconut side dish, cucumber raitha and more papadums for the table . Course 4: Mango pudding, coconut ladoo, chai. A Kingfisher beer is included. Cost is $75 per person; $65 if signed up before August 13, 2016. For questions, email aparna@nectarsb.com.

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WINE CLUB

The Santa Barbara Wine Collective, located in the Funk Zone, has announced the launch of the SBWC Wine Club. This group of like-minded producers – Babcock Winery, Ca’ del Grevino, Fess Parker, Notary Public and The Paring Winery – create their wines from the incomparable terroir of Santa Barbara County. The SBWC Wine Club offers members an wine tasting experience where one can sample and compare different Santa Barbara County wines to be enjoyed at home, for gifting or sharing with friends. The quarterly deliveries of the SBWC Wine Club showcases a selections from each of the above wineries. Each bottle is picked for its Central Coast style and includes the very latest releases. As an added bonus, members will also receive two complimentary tastings with every visit to the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, in addition to 10% discount on all retail wines in the store. Membership is $125 / shipment plus tax and applicable shipping (based on delivery zone).

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FINCH & FORK INTRODUCES NEW LEAD BARTENDER

Finch & Fork restaurant at 31 West Carrillo Street has named Santa Barbara newcomer Joe Dohany as Lead Bartender. The restaurant has appointed Dohany with designing seasonal menus that speak his holistic approach to bartending, as well as the menu at Finch & Fork. For Dohany’s debut menu, guests can expect a half dozen originals that are reflective of the season and the locale. He suggests you try the balanced Witch’s Back, with Bulldog gin, Strega orange liqueur, Pamplemousse Rose, lime and orange bitters, or the Buzz Around Town with lavender–infused Tanqueray gin, blackberry, honey, lemon and soda water.

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TASTE OF THE TOWN

The 35th annual Taste of the Town event, a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, will be held Sunday, September 11th, from noon- 3 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon at Santa Barbara’s original tasting event featuring local wineries, breweries, restaurants, caterers, live music, and an auction. Taste of the Town is located at Riviera Park Gardens, 2030 Alameda Padre Serra and costs $125. Purchase tickets at tinyurl.com/tasteofthetownsb

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LE PETIT BISTROT UPDATE

Readers tell me that Le Petit Bistrot, a French restaurant that just opened in May at 532 State Street, has kept their doors closed recently. Readers Barry and Wade offered me an update this week, saying that a new sign advertising “Authentic Mexican Food” is now on display at the front of the building. I don’t know if the Mexican cuisine was a temporary Fiesta thing or the beginnings of a new restaurant, and I don’t know if Le Petit Bistrot will reopen. Time will tell.

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LOQUITA SANTA BARBARA COMING TO THE FUNK ZONE

Reader Drew let me know that a new Facebook page has announced that Santa Barbara Wine Collective at 131 Anacapa Street is opening a sister restaurant named Loquita Santa Barbara offering Spanish cuisine, at 202 State Street, the former home of Bay Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Bougainvillea and Paoli’s. The eatery will offer Spanish tapas and shared plates with a focus on locally sourced products from neighboring farmlands, ranches, and the Pacific coast. Visit facebook.com/LoquitaSB.

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Chef Peter Lee and Executive Sous Chef Felicia Medina of Loquita Santa Barbara preparing to serve Chicken Paella at a recent event at the Santa Barbara Wine Collective. Courtesy photo.

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WEBBY’S CLOSES

Reader Primetime tells me that Webby’s Candy at 506 State Street has gone out of business.

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PRIMETIME CARPINTERIA UPDATE

Reader Primetime says that Nutbelly at 915 Linden Ave has a new seating option: a long bench that runs from the door to the counter. Rite Aid at 801 Linden Avenue recently started serving ice cream, and did not have ice cream before. Pizza Man Dan’s is well under way, green fencing is up, and when it is open I am told that it will be no secret to Carpinteria because Dan likes to do coupons, he has a Monster Truck that says “Pizza Man Dan’s” and he has a Corvette that looks like a pepperoni pizza slice.

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SB PUBLIC MARKET 2.0

Readers Brendan and Annie tell me that The Garden (beer garden and food) and Corazon Cocina (tacos and ceviche) have opened at Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 West Victoria Street. Corazón Cocina​ used to operate at the Three Pickles deli on weekends. Corazón Cocina hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The Garden hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

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VIVA LA FIESTA!

El Mercado de la Guerra and El Mercado del Norte are up and running this week. Stroll through a colorful Mexican market to feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the evening. These festive street fairs are located downtown in De la Guerra Plaza and at MacKenzie Park, 3111 State Street. During the many fiestas prior to the first Old Spanish Days Fiesta in 1924, booths were set up in various locations in the city. Merchandise was sold and food and entertainment provided. These centers came to serve as the marketplace for the fiesta. This custom has continued and became an established part of Old Spanish Days. Until 1949, the mercados took on a variety of personalities; in 1949 however, the foundation for the present mercado was laid. Rosario Andrea Curletti was in charge of the mercados that year and insisted all things having to do the mercado be authentic. Robert Hoyt, a well-known architect designed and constructed the booths reflective of true mercado puestos and helped determine the rental to be charged in order that the mercado be self-supporting. For the first time each booth was sponsored by a non-profit or religious organization of the City of Santa Barbara and the revenue earned was to be used for their organization. The food, beverage, candy and merchandise sold was limited to the items that would be found in a mercado of the Spanish and Mexican California period.

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NONA’S ITALIAN DELI CONTINUES A 40-YEAR TRADITION

Monday, August 1, 10 a.m. will mark Edith Ziliotto’s return to 415 E. De la Guerra Street where a ribbon cutting signals the grand opening of Nona’s Italian Deli, offering classic Italian food from northern Italy, in the same building where Edith and her former husband Valentino, who passed away in 2014, served hungry customers since 1976. When I attended Santa Barbara High School, a few blocks away, a visit to 415 E. De la Guerra Street was a daily ritual. In addition to their famous deli, Nona’s offers a grab-and-go selection including lasagna, sandwiches, salads, yogurt, tiramisu, hummus, chile rellenos, and more. Nona’s now has indoor seating available where customers have the option of enjoying a beer or wine with their meal. While I was enjoyed a fabulous sub sandwich at Nona’s I was told that the store was receiving a large shipment of specialty Italian goods not available elsewhere in Santa Barbara County.

After their soft opening a week ago, long-time customers have stopped in to give Ziliotto flowers and cards to welcome her back. I’m told that “Nona” means grandma in Italian and Edith Ziliotto runs the business with her many grandchildren. Two years ago she welcomed the birth of her great-great-grandchild. Ziliotto moved to America in 1949 as a teenager from Gera Lario on the shores of Lago di Como in Italy. Five year later moved to Santa Barbara where she has been ever since.

During Monday’s grand opening Nona’s will be offering food samples to share with the community and have specials running throughout the day. Hours are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Call 770-3665 or visit facebook.com/nonassbitaliandeli.

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(ALMOST) GUILT FREE PIZZA

This just in from Sean Ebadi, owner of Pizza Mizza at 140 South Hope Avenue, next to Sears:

“I wanted to let you know that we are now running some new menu items using locally produced Outer Aisle Cauliflower Pizza Crust/Wraps. To give you a quick bit of info on the product, instead of using traditional Bread, Pizza Crust, or Pasta, which is packed with carbohydrates, sugars, and calories, we have created some menu items using cauliflower based products, which have 9g of Protein and only 5g of Carbs each per serving. This is almost like Guilt Free Pizza and Pasta. Guests can substitute our Cauliflower crust for any Personal Size Pizza prices at no additional charge over the menu price. Or you can try some of our new Fit Menu items like our Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna, Turkey and Arugula Panini, Green Goddess Grilled Cheese, or our Pesto Chicken and Goat Cheese Pizza. All of these items would be made using Outer Aisle Cauliflower products and will have you feeling satisfied and like you just ate a delicious and nutritious meal rather than something you feel guilty about immediately.   We have received a tremendous response so far and we truly believe that this is a life changing alternative for anyone battling inflammatory disease, excessive weight gain, or just trying to get your family to meet more vegetables and less bread.”

Visit pizzamizza.com and outeraislegourmet.com.

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BIG YELLOW HOUSE UPDATE

Reader Michael tells me that the for-lease sign is down at the Big Yellow House in Summerland and that a Notice of Development signals it will become retail space instead of a restaurant space. Last year it was announced that Pace restaurant would take over the historic building but those plans obviously didn’t work out.

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202 STATE

Reader Steve tells that the space at 202 State Street, formerly Bay Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Bougainvillea and Paoli’s, will reopen as a restaurant called “202 State.” The business, which will be brought to you by the owner of nearby Lark, has been under construction for more than a year and sources say it will open soon.

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THE DRUNKEN CRAB OPENS ON STATE STREET

Apparently ocean-themed restaurant names are popular at 416 State Street. Readers Steve and Brendan tell me that The Drunken Crab, of North Hollywood, has opened in the space formerly occupied by Killer Shrimp and Sharkeez. The Drunken Crab offers authentic Louisiana-style seafood including Mussels $11.95, Clams $11.95, Crawfish $10.95, Dungeness Crab Legs $24.95, Lobster (market price), Shrimp $14.95, and King Crab Legs $11.22 per cluster. Additional menu items include Raw Oysters, Calamari, Fried Shrimp, Fish & Chips, Soft Shell Crab, Chicken Tenders, Clam Chowder, King Crab Bisque, Fried Brussels Sprouts, Truffle Fries, Chicken Wings, and Jambalaya. Visit thedrunkencrab.com.

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VIVA SANTA BARBARA OPENS

viva1Viva Santa Barbara, serving modern Mexican cuisine, has opened at 1114 State Street, the former home of Cielito, Stateside and Acapulco. A message on their web site, vivasb.com, describes the business as follows:

“The arrival of Viva has redefined what it means to be Santa Barbara. Garnished by a superb happy hour and unparalleled service, Viva’s transcendence through quality has become a hub for chic Santa Barbara nightlife. Successfully having reinvented authentic Latin American cuisine, our Master Chef David Raigoza has truly personified the meaning of Southern California. Thanks to our Bar Master Jereme Hall, the newly redesigned Viva Lounge takes its place as one of the most sought after craft cocktail venues in Santa Barbara. Here at Viva its simple; you get the ultimate dining experience. The banquet room: boasting exquisite chandeliers, high ceilings and large arched windows, the magnificence of this space and its adaptability is sure to wow you and your guest. This space has its very own entrance, private patio, satellite bar and restroom accommodations. Able to host any type of event, our accommodations include wedding receptions, dinners, graduations, bar mitzvahs and corporate work events.”

Viva Santa Barbara brought to you by a group of investors, that includes proprietor Brendan Searls, the co-founder of Dargan’s Irish Pub in Santa Barbara and Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Agoura Hills, Camarillo and Newbury Park.

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MESA MARKET UPDATE

Some questions I have heard over the years include “room for cream?”, “paper or plastic?”, and “Ginger or Mary Ann?” While wandering the Mesa the most common question I hear is “Vons or Albertsons?” Sources tell me that the market that will replace the defunct Haggen at 2010 Cliff Drive will be… Vons. Before Haggen occupied the space for about 3 seconds this address was the longtime home of Albertsons.

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