arlington-tavern-1Columnist Richard Mineards, in the latest edition of the Montecito Journal, reports that Bob Montgomery, owner of the Nugget restaurants in Summerland and Goleta, has purchased Arlington Tavern at 21 W. Victoria Street and plans to turn it into a third South Coast Nugget location. Montgomery says he hopes to open at the end of May.

Montgomery recently tried to revive the closed Cafe del Sol but talks broke down before he could come to terms with the property owner. The former Cafe del Sol location is now the home of the Montecito Event Center, run by Warren Butler.



To mark its Grand Opening on Thursday, April 23, the growing build-your-own artisanal pizza shop PizzaRev will host a “Pizzas for a Purpose” fundraising event at 12 W. De La Guerra Street (at the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Mall), formerly Kahuna Grill. Guests are invited to “pay-what-they-want” for a custom-built, personal-sized pizza, with a suggested $8 contribution to benefit Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for adults and their families facing life-threatening illness.

“Dream Foundation is grateful to be the beneficiary of PizzaRev’s charitable giving,” said Kisa Heyer, Dream Foundation Executive Director. “Every pizza bought helps support our program, which brings comfort and compassion to terminally ill adults at the end of life’s journey.”

PizzaRev features a “Craft Your Own” pizza assembly process and its Roman-style thin and crispy pizza that has a following in the Los Angeles area. It starts with the crust selection, either original or gluten-free, each one pressed into a thin canvas from a homemade dough ball. Guests then choose from four signature sauces, including an organic red sauce, a white alfredo, and a spicy-sweet BBQ. Finally, each personally-sized pizza is completed with selections from an array of cheeses and 30+ ingredients, ranging from traditional favorites like pepperoni and ground beef to premium selections including sweet fennel sausage and fresh-picked basil and arugula. Each pizza, no matter how many ingredients are selected, costs $8.25.

What enables the PizzaRev’s speed of service is the custom-built, 900-degree stone hearth oven. Guests watch the dancing flames in the background as their pizzas are fired to a crispiness in less than three minutes.




A coffee shop/deli/bakery is coming to 214 State Street, the former, brief home of Tri Tip Company next to Union Ale. Visit



Reader W let me know that Jaspers Saloon is about to open at 114 South H Street in Lompoc. I don’t know if this is affiliated with the old Jasper’s Saloon in the Fairview shopping center. Visit



I recently ran a story about the reopening of Timbers restaurant and mentioned that it was built from timbers of a Goleta pier that was torpedoed during WWII. Reader Richard offered a correction:

“There’s a technical error in the second paragraph: ‘Many of the timbers still contain pieces of shrapnel from the torpedo bombing.’ The pier was not torpedoed or bombed. It was hit by shells from the Japanese submarine’s deck gun. Torpedoes run only in water like miniature submarines. Bombs, of course, are dropped from airplanes. It’s interesting the article mentions owner Tex Blackenship. Tex and his wife Rose were longtime friends of ours. Regards, Richard Thurston (a former sailor in the US Navy).”

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Chef James Siao from Finch & Fork is gearing up to ride his bike from Santa Barbara to San Diego – all to raise money for Share Our Strength (helping to fed hungry kids in America.) He’s joining a small group of chefs for Chefs Cycle! Each rider is being asked to raise $10,000, and Chef James is well on his way. The ride is kicking off in Santa Barbara on June 14th. To raise money, Chef James is doing a number of things. Special dishes and cocktails from the Finch & Fork menu will be designated, and a portion of the proceeds will go towards his fundraising efforts. In addition, he’s launched a “Sunday Social” series, where on a number of Sunday’s throughout the year, there will be a special dinner or event. The first two, a special dinner at CARR Winery on April 26th, as well as an event at Handlebar Coffee on June 7th. His pals over at Outpost are also running special’s, with proceeds from those dishes and drinks going to Chef James’ fundraising efforts. Chef James’ fundraiser page is online at



On Saturday, April 25, 3 p.m. at the UCSB Science Green over 40 Gaucho chefs, brewers, caterers, and vintners are coming to UCSB to bring you fine cuisine and beverages. The event also features live music, various UCSB department representatives, and a silent auction benefiting the UCSB Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased at



Reader Primetime tells me that the South Coast Deli at 10 East Carrillo Street has an application in the window for a beer and wine license.

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150416-outer-isle-gourmet-smallLocal business Outer Aisle Gourmet has launched the nation’s first gluten-free, low-carb cauliflower bread sandwich thins and cauliflower pizza crusts/wraps at Whole Foods Market in Santa Barbara and nationally online at Started in 2013 by mom and health enthusiast, Jeanne David, and her family, Outer Aisle Gourmet helps curb cravings for carbs with two new products. Each is made primarily from fresh cauliflower transformed into a golden brown baked delicacy exclusively at Outer Aisle Gourmet’s Santa Barbara kitchen. “After tasting our Veggie Sandwich Thins and Veggie Pizza Crust, most people cannot believe that the main ingredient is fresh cauliflower,” says David. “Although many products are advertised as gluten-free, if you read the label, you will find that they are also loaded with empty carbohydrates. Our nutrient-dense, plant-based Veggie Sandwich Thins and Veggie Pizza Crusts provide one and two full servings of vegetables per portion respectively, are naturally gluten and nut-free, and have an amazingly low glycemic index. Whole Foods is the ideal market for our products.” In addition to Whole Foods Market, Outer Aisle Gourmet’s goodies can be found at Boochie’s (, Isabella Gourmet Foods (

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The famous building with a cow at 901 N. Milpas Street has a new tenant and they are open for business. Sublime offers California cuisine but also plans to include dishes from France, Italy, Japan, China, Thailand and other regions.

“Yes the building with the cow is finally open for dinner with espresso drinks, light breakfast and lunch to follow,” says owner Mardy Thompson. “Sublime has a strong belief in good quality food that is healthy for you and taste good too. We are working with local fishermen and farmers to support and energize our community. Craft beers and awesome wines are being served. Bringing locals what we love!”

Sublime is initially open for dinner from 4-9 p.m., closing at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. On nights when there is a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Sublime plans to be open until midnight. Sublime hopes to roll out breakfast and lunch within a week, starting at 7 a.m.




A rumor swirling around town is that American real estate magnate Herb Simon has purchased Lucky’s restaurant at 1270 Coast Village Road in Montecito from Gene Montesano. As always, this rumor might be completely false or a brilliant forecast of future events. Your call.



The Hungry Cat at 1134 Chapala Street has announced that their 8th Anniversary Celebration in Santa Barbara will take place Sunday, April 19th
12-7 p.m. The three course menu with optional half or whole Maine lobster includes the best and freshest fare from the sea for $45. Beginning with a Local Rockfish Stew with bacon, fennel and Yukon gold potato, guests will feast on a roasted clambake of Cherrystone and Little Neck Clams, Shrimp, Mussels and Santa Barbara Sweet Rock Crab Claws, served with corn on the cob, cabbage slaw and de rigueur drawn butter. Sides of a Salad of Lettuce, Egg and Lemon Vinaigrette; Fried Zucchini with Ricotta, Parsley and Romesco or Grilled Asparagus with Slow-Cooked Egg and Bacon Lardons can be added for $9 each. Along with the popular Thirsty Cat market cocktails – Luke’s Lemonade, Greyhound Proper, Pimlico and 4 on the Floor, a selection of wines and specialty beers from interesting producers are offered. The Sunday seafood feast concludes with a refreshing dessert of Market Berries, Mint, Honey, Fennel Pollen and Whipped Cream. Full raw bar will be served a la carte including 1/2 priced oysters and cocktail specials all day long.

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This just in from Pattaya at 5918 Hollister Avenue in Goleta: “Hi John, My name is Sukone Sriprajittichai owner of Pattaya Thai Restaurant. Starting today we will close on Mondays. Our new business hours are Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday – Sunday 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.”



Enjoy a lunch this month at Wine Cask while supporting CALM and raising awareness about child abuse prevention in Santa Barbara. CALM is the only non-profit agency in Santa Barbara County whose mission is to prevent, assess, and treat child abuse by providing comprehensive, culturally competent services for children and families. Throughout the month of April, Wine Cask is partnering with CALM through their Charity Lunch Promotion, and will donate 10% of all guest checks during lunch when they mention the local nonprofit.

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The story goes that following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-17, under the direction of Commander Kozo Nishino, sailed undetected into the dark waters off of the Elwood Oil Field in Goleta. On the night of February 23 1942 at 7 PM, Nishino’s 1-17 emerged off of the Elwood Oil Field, and he ordered his men to fire at the oil storage facilities. One of shells struck the Ellwood Pier. Much of the wood from the pier was used in building the Timbers Restaurant at 10 Winchester Canyon Road, which still stands now on land once part of Nicholas Den’s Dos Pueblos Rancho. “Tex” Blankenship built the structure in 1952. Many of the timbers still contain pieces of shrapnel from the torpedo bombing.

HJL Group | Restaurant Advisors, has been hired to bring Timbers back to its former glory. “The plan is to include the people in the City of Goleta in the concept and design process, and to restore the building and its memories once again,” says Jeremiah Higgins, Operations Advisor of HJL Group.

Plans include an Incubator Kitchen, A local Deli Market & Pie Shop that will feature all local produce, wine, cheeses, honey, baked goods, pies and products made by local artisan producers only found in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria and Summerland. The main dining hall will be recrafted to bring back the family-style dining of the past, offering family music and entertainment. Emmy Award winning flamenco guitarist Benise is slated to headline dinner shows throughout the year.

The neighboring farm is being planted now, with pumpkins, lettuce, and organic produce to be served in the restaurant, Incubator Kitchen, the Market Deli & Pie Shop, and in Barn Shops in the parking lot. The farm will offer “pick your own” tours and have livestock for the kids.

HJL Group has created, advised and opened many local restaurants, including Arch Rock Fish, The Marquee, Rooney’s Irish Pub in Orcutt, and also national concepts such as Santa Monica Seafood in LA and Costa Mesa, and Fleetwood’s on Front Street with legendary Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood in Maui.  Please send inquires to




The Butler Event Center on upper State Street has closed because the property where it was located, the former Sandman Inn, is being developed into condos. The good news is that Warren Butler, owner of the business, has opened two new event center locations. One is in the old Café del Sol site at 30 Los Patos Way in Montecito which is now called the Montecito Event Center. The other is in the former Sizzler restaurant location, 5555 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, which is the new home of the Butler Event Center. There is commercial kitchen space available in both locations which are taking reservations for meetings and events now. Email



Reader Matt let me know that Los Tarascos restaurant at 5915B Calle Real, Goleta has closed. The business opened in October, 2009. In its place is a new restaurant named Las Brasas Mexican Grill.



Reader Cris let me know that there is a new sign dated 4/3/15 in front of Petrini’s Italian Restaurant at 5711 Calle Real in Goleta that indicates it is transitioning to new ownership by Goodland Hospitality, Inc.




Several regional Vons and Albertsons will begin transitioning to Haggen Food & Pharmacy. Here is the schedule:

175 N. Fairview Road in Goleta

  • 6:00 pm, Sunday, April 19 – Vons store closes
  • 12:01 am, Monday, April 20 – Haggen takes ownership and begins conversion
  • Tuesday afternoon April 21 – store opens as Haggen

163 S. Turnpike Road in Goleta AND 3943 State Street in Santa Barbara

  • 6:00 pm, Tuesday, June 16 – Goleta Vons and Santa Barbara Albertsons stores close
  • 12:01 am, Wednesday, June 17 – Haggen takes ownership and begins conversion
  • Thursday afternoon June 18 – Both stores open as Haggen

850 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria AND Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara

  • 6:00 pm, Thursday, June 18 – Carpinteria Vons and Santa Barbara Albertsons stores close
  • 12:01 am, Friday, June 19 – Haggen takes ownership and begins conversion
  • Saturday afternoon June 20 – All 3 stores open as Haggen
  • NOTE: The pharmacy at the Carpinteria location will remain open during the conversion starting late morning June 19

On a related note, while at the Vons gas station on Fairview Avenue recently an attendant told me the property might remain a Vons gas though he was not 100% certain. On the other hand, an subscriber reports that the Vons Gas Station off Fairview will close on April 16th. The subscriber spoke to the manager at Vons on Fairview and urged customers to use gas rewards before the 16th.



28 W. Figueroa Street, the former home of Hennings Cake Boutique (where The Restaurant Gal bought our wedding cake in 2012), is now the home of Sushi Café which is brought to you by Sushi Teri owner Laxman Perera. Thanks to reader Mick for the tip.




Last February the owners of Steve’s Patio Café at 3007 De la Vina Street closed the business for a few weeks to renovate the kitchen and work on ADA compliance for the patio. Apparently the name received an overhaul as well because the eatery is now known as Terraza Café. This restaurant is not affiliated with Costa Terraza at the Santa Barbara Airport.

Steve’s fans will be happy to know that the full menu of Steve’s Patio Café is still available for breakfast and lunch. For the first time, however, dinner is now being offered. Mexican cuisine is available nightly from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thanks to readers Jim and Steve for the tips.


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This just in from Camino Real Marketplace:


I can confirm that we have signed a lease for Brophy’s On The Alley. They are taking the old Gina’s Pizza space.

I can also confirm (versus rumor), that Jane‘s at the Marketplace (owners of Montecito cafe and Jane) as well as Pascucci will be tenants.

We are extremely pleased to bring three of the best local restaurants in the community to the Camino Real Marketplace.   Further enhancing the best experience for shopping, movies and dining in Santa Barbara County.

Mark D. Linehan
Wynmark Company



If you offer an Easter meal, or have enjoyed an Easter meal at a local restaurant or hotel, please leave a comment about it here. Many people have asked me for suggestions but I eat mom’s home cooking every Easter so I am not much help.



This just in from reader Diana:

What’s the latest on Cafe Del Sol? My husband drove right by the building and saw construction workers and the For Lease sign was taken down, and the windows were covered with paper, so he couldn’t see inside.

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Reader Foodie Dan sent a tip letting me know that a sign mentioning Rusty’s Pizza has appeared at 2315 Lillie Avenue in Summerland, the current home of Stacky’s Seaside. The very next day reader Meghan passed me this message:

“Stacky’s Seaside in Summerland is in the process of changing ownership to Rusty’s Pizza Parlor. An official sign is posted on the porch and SB News-Press had printed the official public notice, for both the transfer of business and transfer of liquor license. The current owner was working the register today and many regular customers were asking questions and giving him their blessings. My understanding is that he is happily retiring.  He is not sure what Rusty’s will do to Stacky’s once the transfer of ownership is complete.”

I contacted my good friend Tyler Duncan, owner of Rusty’s Pizza, and asked him if what my readers say is true. Duncan responded:

“Your tip is correct! We are very excited about Rusty’s Summerland!”




Reader Brendan shared some words of wisdom:

“Doesn’t look like it’s actually open yet, but a sign for Sushi Café has appeared in the window of the former Henning’s Cake Boutique on the ‘00’ block of West Figueroa Street.”



This just in from reader Tim: “Hi John, I drove by Denny’s in Goleta on Calle Real tonight and it was closed. The Denny’s sign is gone and a for-lease sign is up.” Reader Rex of SB sent me similar information. Goleta Denny’s opened in July 2005. Fortunately you will still be able to get a Grand Slam breakfast on the South Coast by visiting Denny’s at 3614 State Street.

This leads me to ask about one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries: Which came first – freeways or Denny’s? If you know the answer please let me know.



This just in from reader Jen: “Looks like there is construction activity over at Angry Wings in Isla Vista and the chicken mural had been painted over.” Angry Wings at 6530 Pardall Road closed last December and will be replaced by OTaco. During the last decade this address has been the home of Angry Wings (opened 2012), Chino’s Rock & Tacos (opened 2010), Eclectic I.V. (opened 2006), China Garden (opened 2006) and Kung Pao Kitchen (opened 2005).

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Reader Primetime let me know that Viva Oliva is currently moving from Paseo Nuevo mall downtown to 1275 Coast Village Road in Montecito. Viva Oliva was created by Santa Barbara local Andi Newville, and her two daughters Amanda and Ellie to provide over 40 flavors of premium oils, balsamic vinegars and gourmet foods at affordable prices. Visit

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Here is a message from reader Amie:

“Hi John, iGrill Korean BBQ at 3132 State Street has changed hands and is now owned by Sushi Teri (Laxman Perera aka Nikka Marketing). Super excited! Also, Sushi Teri has a brand new location at 213 West Ocean Avenue in Lompoc.”