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 firstname.lastname@example.org