EPIC BREWING BUYS TELEGRAPH BREWING COMPANY

Here is a press-release from Epic Brewing:

On December 6th Epic Brewing purchased Telegraph Brewing Company, Santa Barbara’s first and original craft brewery, and has announced investment plans to expand Telegraph and broaden the brewery’s reach as an additional brand in the Epic family.

Telegraph Brewing has been operating in Santa Barbara since 2006 when Founder Brian Thompson opened his dream brewery, focused on high-quality, Belgian-inspired, uniquely-Californian beers produced with local ingredients.

“So much has changed in the craft beer world since I started Telegraph, back when hazy beers were just called unfiltered and there were fewer than 1,500 brewers nationwide,” Thompson said.  “Today, with the number of breweries approaching 6,000, the craft brewing landscape is radically different. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished, but the increased competition from the likes of AB-INBEV’s “crafty beers” as well as new startups is requiring everyone in the industry to recalibrate their plans for the future. Earlier this year I began looking for ways to strengthen our legacy, and entering into a transaction with Epic was the right fit, both strategically and culturally. This partnership will allow us to nurture our deep California roots, retain and expand our amazing staff, and continue to develop our brand in new and innovative ways. My team and I are excited that Telegraph Brewing will remain a small, independent craft brewery and at the same time have the support and drive provided by one of the nation’s most creative, fearless, and fastest-growing brewery.”

With Epic’s investment, Telegraph will not only continue brewing its well-respected beer, but will begin expanding its brewing operations. There are immediate plans to increase the production capacity and offer new packaging options, including several new 12-ounce cans under the Telegraph brand. Epic will also move seven of their foeders—large wooden vessels for aging sour beer—from their Denver brewery to Santa Barbara, enabling Telegraph to produce more of its award-winning sour beers. California locals can also look forward to a new series of modern IPAs including some juicy and hazy styles, which will be sold fresh from Telegraph’s brewery.

“It’s a long-term dream come true” says Dave Cole, Co-founder of Epic Brewing. “I fell in love with craft beer living in California and that love didn’t diminish when I moved to Utah despite the beer scene at the time. I feel like I’ve come full circle. We have been actively looking for great breweries to purchase for the past 18 months and bringing Telegraph Brewing into the Epic family is exciting. We are investing in the future of Santa Barbara and are thrilled to have a direct and local connection to the amazing California craft beer community, where we share so much history. To be part of such a well-regarded brewery like Telegraph is something I’ve always hoped to do and now it’s finally a reality. It provides us an avenue to combine our teams and build on Telegraph’s portfolio with our innovative vision. This couldn’t be a better fit – including some advantageous distribution overlaps that create opportunities to expand both brands across California and beyond.”

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IT’S SMITHY, NOT SMITH

Last week I published a press-release from Steve Hermann, owner of now-closed Somerset restaurant, 7 E. Anapamu Street, that announced the opening of Smith Kitchen + Bar and that the eatery is not open on Saturdays. Hermann sent me a correction:

“Hi John, Sorry for the confusion. Yes, the name is Smithy Restaurant + Bar. We are open Saturday night for dinner but not for lunch on Saturday. We are open Sunday for brunch and weekdays for lunch and dinner. Thanks for your help! Steve”

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

  • December 2017: Smithy Kitchen + Bar, 7 E. Anapamu St.
  • November 2017: Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce, 38 W. Victoria St.; Hilton Garden Inn, 6878 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Miso Hungry, 134 E. Canon Perdido St.; The Deck, 6601 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • October 2017: Kyle’s Kitchen, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Lao Ma Tou, 511 State St.; Mosto Crudo, 7 W. Haley St.; Oat Bakery, 5 W. Haley St.; PokeCeviche, 901 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista; Poki Rito, 6530 Seville Rd., Isla Vista
  • September 2017: Basil’s, 608 Anacapa St.; Blackbird, 36 State St.; Craft Raman, 436 State St.; Dave’s Dogs, 149 S. Turnpike Rd., Goleta; Goat Tree, 36 State St.; Guichos Eatery, 901 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Handlebar Coffee, 2720 De la Vina St.; Luna Grill, 3925 State St.; Oat Bakery, 5 W. Haley St.; Oliver’s, 1198 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Rudy’s, 138 E. Canon Perdido St.; Sunny Korean Restaurant, 532 State St.; Worker Bee Café, 5599 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • August 2017: Dumpling King, 966 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista; Mundos, 901 N. Milpas St.; Starbucks, UCen at UCSB; Urkeb, 413 State St.
  • July 2017: Cajun Kitchen, 6025 Calle Real, Goleta; Rincon Brewery, 6583 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Rusty’s Pizza, 4880 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Shalhoob Patio, 220 Gray Ave.; Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • June 2017: Goa Taco, 718 State St.; La Hacienda, 298 Pine Ave., Goleta; Los Arroyos, 5764 Calle Real, Goleta
  • 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. (now Smith Kitchen + Bar)
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SMITH KITCHEN + BAR UPDATE

Somerset restaurant at 7 East Anapamu Street, which closed after 10 months in business to try a more casual style of dining, reopened on December 5th as Smith Kitchen + Bar. Smith is a completely re-designed space with a rustic, white washed interior, and reclaimed tables and benches occupying the courtyard. The new concept features a family style dinner service where plates are meant to be shared with dishes priced between $8-$18. Chef Lauren Herman helms the kitchen which features her organic, rustic fare, sourced from the central coast.

“We wanted to create a very approachable and casual dining experience that encompassed everything that is great about Santa Barbara”, said proprietor Steve Hermann. “This is the perfect place to meet with family and friends to share food and drinks, and have a great time in a relaxed setting.” Smith is open for both lunch and dinner Monday through Friday with Brunch on Sunday. It also features a Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. daily, featuring drinks priced under $6.

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CANTWELL’S CLOSES IN SUMMERLAND

Cantwell’s Summerland Market at 2580 Lillie Avenue opened in July 2008, and now nearly ten years later, closed its doors as its 10-year lease expires. The Cantwell’s Market & Deli on State Street continues to be open for business as usual. Owners Jim and Carla Gally were ready to move on and put the Summerland location up for sale but the owner of the building did not agree to lease to any potential buyers of the business so it had to be liquidated.  The Gallys sold the Santa Barbara location last year which was started by Tom Cantwell in 1981.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

From reader Bruce:

“We read with anguish your announcement in The Independent that Tupelo Junction closed. The only place in Santa Barbara to get hush puppies. Where are we to go for that Southern fix? An over-statement and you just reported. But if you find another place in Santa Barbara please me know. Finding an alternative would help this Northern boy impress a Southern belle.”

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Reader Jerry needs your help:

“What market (Lazy Acres, Gelson’s, etc.) has good take-out fried chicken?”

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SOMERSET TRANSITIONING TO “SMITH”

Reader Richard says that the Somerset restaurant at 7 East Anapamu Street, which closed after less than a year in business to try a more casual style of dining, will reopen on December 5th as Smith.

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THE DECK OPENS IN GOLETA

Reader Ted let me know that the previously unnamed restaurant for employees at Deckers Outdoor Corporation, 6601 Hollister Avenue in Goleta (next to the Deckers brand showcase), has officially opened to the public and called as The Deck. The restaurant is operated by Guckenheimer Dining Services.

Manager and Chef Edward Huante tells me that the breakfast menu includes eggs, bacon, 3 types of sausage, hash browns, and daily specials. Lunch options include 2 soups daily (one is vegetarian or vegan, and the other a chicken or beef stew), 2 daily specials, a build-your-own sandwich deli, and a grab-and-go deli. Huante says on Mondays he tries to have more vegetarian fare. Tuesdays through Friday they have pizza by the slice made fresh at their outdoor pizza oven ($2.95 for 2 large slices). A Poke bar, taco bar, and burger bar are available occasionally. Fresh baked goods are available daily.

Hours are 8-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Coffee, smoothies and juice is available 7:30 a.m-3 p.m. Call 967-7611 x2233 or visit dining.guckenheimer.com/deckers to view the daily menu specials.

Manager and Chef Edward Huante at The Deck restaurant on Hollister Avenue near Los Carneros.

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CHICKEN IN A BARREL UPDATE

In November 2016 reader Nancy spotted a sign for Chicken In A Barrel BBQ, coming to 310 South Fairview Avenue which is a few doors down from Hollister on the ocean side, next to Orient Laundry. Earlier this month reader Cris passed the word that the sign is gone and the restaurant is nowhere to be seen. Reader Cris now says Chicken In A Barrel is still planning a Goleta location and working on securing a lease but it sounds like south Fairview location is out.

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“CREAMISTRY” COMING TO STATE STREET

This just in from reader Brendan: “A sign in a commercial space on State Street near Carrillo (formerly a clothing store, I think) says that ice cream purveyor Creamistry is ‘Freezing Soon!'”

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ISLANDS RESTAURANT UPDATE

While at La Cumbre Plaza I stopped by Islands Restaurant which is coming to the former home of Marmalade Cafe. Construction appears to be about half way done and workers tell me that the kitchen is nearly done. It looks like an early 2018 opening is likely. Thanks to reader Cris for the tip.

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TUPELO JUNCTION REOPENS …IN NEWPORT BEACH

The mystery of why Tupelo Junction Cafe closed on State Street in early November is a little less mysterious. It appears the whole thing was planned. Though the restaurant shut its doors suddenly with no explanation, reader Peter came across a big clue in the Newport Beach, California blog savenewport.com: “Tupelo Junction Opens in the Old ‘The Porch’ Location. For those who frequent Santa Barbara, you have doubtlessly tried the famous Tupelo Junction Cafe there.  Known for its kitchen and their dog-friendly environment, the prime location in Santa Barbara closed exactly one week ago today, presumably so that the owner could focus on her shop in Newport, as she is a Corona del Mar resident. The menu will be virtually identical to the old Santa Barbara Tupelo Junction with the exception of the Happy Hour menu, which is a new addition to the Newport location.”

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CA’DARIO PIZZERIA VELOCE OPENS IN SANTA BARBARA PUBLIC MARKET

Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce (which means quick) has opened at the Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 West Victoria Street. The restaurant focuses on individual artisan pizzas using high quality Italian flour and also offers small bites including homemade meatballs, truffle egg, and various salads.  The restaurant will have different specials each day including daily crostini. A beer and wine license should be approved shortly. Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce is open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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SPEAKING OF CA’DARIO

I am told that the Goleta location for Ca’ Dario Trattoria and Pizzeria, coming to the Kmart shopping center next to The French Press, Chipotle, and Rusty’s Pizza, will open in January 2018. The former home of Bicycle Bob’s has been under renovation since the fall of 2016.

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INSTITUTION ALE UPDATE

Pintard Commercial Real Estate has announced the leasing of 516 State Street to Institution Ale Company, a Camarillo-based brewery specializing in American-style ales. The new location is the former home of Caffe Primo and Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro.

“Considering all the recent challenges of leasing a larger restaurant site in the downtown retail district, I am very pleased to have secured a solid tenant for the landlord,“ said Dave Pintard, President of Pintard Commercial Real Estate. “Institution Ale has a very successful track record in Ventura County and I have every belief that they will be as popular and successful in this location.”

Shaun Smith, Institution Ale Company co-founder, is looking forward to expanding to 516 State Street: “We love the architecture of the building, the retro style, the location being in the heart of State Street and the inviting all-glass store front,” said Smith. “With this new location, we’ll be able to share all our beers with a new community. Beer is best when it’s fresh. Being able to brew a beer and drive it 40 minutes up the road and put it on tap for everyone in Santa Barbara is going to be a lot of fun.”

Founded in 2013, Institution Ale Company is known for utilizing non-traditional ingredients such as vanilla, cocoa nibs, coffee and peppers. All their beer is brewed in a 3-vessel, 15-barrel, Premier Stainless brewing system. Everything from recipe development, ingredient selection, the brewing process and packaging are completed in house by the company’s brew team to create handcrafted ales.

Institution Ale Company will start renovating 516 State Street during the spring of 2018 and will open its doors to the public that fall. Visit institutionales.com.

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STATE STREET BREWERY WAR?

Reader Ben says that Modern Times Beer, with two locations in San Diego, is coming to 418 State Street, the former home of India House. The ABC liquor license database confirms the news. Modern Times Beer will be within a block of Santa Barbara Brewing Company and the future home of Institution Ale Company. With Night Lizard Brewing Company and Captain Fatty’s, coming to the 600 and 200 blocks of State Street respectively, it looks like we have the making of a State Street brewery war.

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SILVERGREENS UPDATE

Silvergreens restaurant at 900 Embarcadero Del Mar in Isla Vista has been temporarily closed for a few months as the parent company focuses on the new Kyle’s Kitchen restaurant on Hollister Avenue. I am told by management that the signs for Kyle’s Kitchen plastered all over the front of Silvergreens refer to the new Hollister location and do NOT indicate that a Kyle’s Kitchen is replacing Silvergreens. I am told that Silvergreens will return but was not given a reopening date.

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NEW CHEF AT KANALOA

Kanaloa Seafood has welcomed their latest “catch” to the kitchen, Executive Chef William Ouderkirk. Chef William brings an extensive culinary background to Kanaloa, from kitchens in Canada, the UK and Greenwich, Connecticut, to ships sailing around the globe. Chef William’s cooking style and understanding of farm-and-ocean-to-table cuisine brings a new level of talent to the Kanaloa kitchen, and will help position their restaurants in both Santa Barbara and Oxnard within the emerging culinary scene on the Central Coast.

“We are excited to welcome Chef William to our Kanaloa family,” shared Randee and Don Disraeli, owners of Kanaloa Seafood. “His expertise and passion for local and sustainable ingredients is the perfect match for us, and we’re eager for our guests to enjoy some of his fresh new takes on our seafood classics!”

While Kanaloa’s signature menu items like their fish tacos and sandwiches will remain the same, guests can look forward to some of Chef William’s new additions to the menu, including Baby Bass Fritters, Mooring Ball Cioppino with sea bass, clams, mussels, salmon, crab in a rich spicy shellfish broth, served with garlic bread, and Ethiopian Spiced Crispy Tofu Poke with jicama-cucumber salad, avocado, radish, and pickled ginger over sushi rice. Chef William invites the community to experience the new flavors of his fresh take on Kanaloa’s cuisine as he rolls out his new menu this month. Kanaloa Seafood is located at 715 Chapala Street and 251 Lombard Street in Oxnard. Visit kanaloaseafood.com.

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JUICE IT UP! OPENS FRIDAY

Juice It Up! is celebrating the grand opening of its first Isla Vista location this Friday, November 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located inside HiWi Tropical Fusion, Juice It Up! Isla Vista will be celebrating the special occasion with a fun-filled event which will include free small smoothies to the first 50 customers, 50% OFF all smoothies, juices and bowls till closing, live music, fun giveaways and more.

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INSTITUTION ALE TO OPEN DOWNTOWN

Reader Primetime says that another vacant downtown Santa Barbara site is leased. I’m told that the Institution Ale Company at 3841 Mission Oaks Boulevard in Camarillo will move into 516 State Street, the former home of Caffe Primo and Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro. Move in date is scheduled for fall 2018.

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RAMEN FESTIVAL WINNERS

Outpost at The Goodland, 5650 Calle Real in Goleta, held their third annual Ramenfest on Sunday, November 12th. The winner of the Judge’s Choice award was Industrial Eats at 181 Industrial Way in Buellton. The ingredients of their entry included crispy duck confit, smoked Alaska coho salmon, poultry dashi broth, Japanese turnip, and scallions. The dish was topped with bottarga, dried red mullet roe, and nori. Winner of People’s Choice award was returning champion Sama Sama at 1208 State Street.

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PRIMETIME REPORT

Small business owners with big dreams continue to be an important component in the American economy. In a News Channel 3 special report, reader Primetime looks at three local businesses with limited storefronts, simple operations, and high hopes.

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SECRETS OF A TAMALE CHEF

Chef Richard Lambert teaches the techniques he uses to make his award-winning tamales and salsas. This 90-minute class is set for Saturday, November 18th, from noon- 1:30 p.m. The classroom is located at 125 Harbor Way, next to the Maritime Museum at the breakwater in Santa Barbara. Each attendee will be served a variety of tamale samples and be shown how each flavor can be created at home. Additional class handout materials include recipes, a listing of ingredient sources, plus tamale reheating and storage guidelines. Free cookbook: Attendees also receive the ebook version of Mr. Lambert’s cookbook, “Preheat to 350 Degrees,” featuring recipes along with personal anecdotes gathered over his lifetime. Tuition is $35 per person and class attendance is limited to 30 participants. Enroll online at tinyurl.com/tamaleclass.

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THANKSGIVING IN SOLVANG

I recently published a list of places to find a traditional turkey meal on Thanksgiving. The list primarily covered the South Coast. It has come to my attention that there is an online list of restaurants open in Solvang on Thanksgiving. This list includes all restaurants open that day, not just eateries offering a traditional turkey meal.

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ELADIO’S CLOSES

The Romasanta Family has announced that they have closed Eladio’s restaurant located at 1 State Street. “We are excited to be looking to lease this very special location to an established restaurant operation that will complement our Harbor View Inn Hotel,” said a family representative.

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MISO HUNGRY MOVES DOWNTOWN

Reader sbmizzou let me know that Miso Hungry Japanese restaurant has moved from upper State Street to their new downtown digs at 134 East Canon Perdido Street, the former home of Sojourner Cafe. Miso Hungry is a quick service Japanese deli that offers snacks, sushi wraps, rice bowls, and salads. You can order off the featured menu or build your own meal. Call 324-4430 or visit misohungrysb.com.

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SPYGLASS BISTRO & BAR OPENS IN GOLETA

Spyglass Bistro & Bar has opened on the 4th floor rooftop of the new Hilton Garden Inn at 6878 Hollister Avenue in Goleta near Kmart. I live about two blocks away from there so when I heard the news I quickly walked over to check it out and I can personally confirm that the sweeping mountains-to-islands views are stunning, especially at sunset. A great view is not something people usually associate with a bar in Goleta unless you happen to be going for drinks at the Beachside Bar Café. The rooftop opens at 4 p.m. and includes a bar, tables, couches, and two fireplaces.

A good selection of beer, wine, and cocktails is available. The evening menu currently includes marinated olive mix ($8), breaded Portobello fries ($10), cheese board ($16), charcuterie board ($18), roasted beet and grilled heirloom tomato ($11), shrimp-avocado salsa ($14), and margherita flatbread ($12). A rooftop lunch menu is planned, starting in late November or early December.

While wandering the premises of the new Hilton I discovered that not all of the good stuff is restricted to the roof. Near the entrance downstairs is a full restaurant, not affiliated with Spyglass Bistro & Bar, that includes a $16 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Breakfast includes a cold station with coffee, juices, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal and other offerings. The hot line will serve you omelets, scrambles, potatoes, bacon, sausage links, sausage patties, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and more. All the eggs are cooked to order and daily breakfast specials are available, such as eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, and more. This appears to be one of the best breakfast deals in town and I plan to try it out soon. Breakfast hours are 6-10 a.m. Monday-Friday and 7-11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.

The downstairs restaurant at the Hilton also includes offerings available all day including soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and flatbread ranging from $6 -$14. Entrees include BBQ ribs ($22), grilled vegetable pasta primavera ($27), pasta marinara ($16), smothered chicken ($21), grilled salmon ($23), and grilled sirloin ($25).

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CHICKEN IN A BARREL UPDATE

In November 2016 reader Nancy spotted a sign for Chicken In A Barrel BBQ, coming to 310 South Fairview Avenue which is a few doors down from Hollister on the ocean side, next to Orient Laundry. Reader Cris now tells me the sign is gone and there are no signs of construction. I have removed them from the Crystal Ball.

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TUPELO JUNCTION CLOSES

Tupelo Junction Cafe at 1218 State Street sold their liquor license recently. I called them to get the details and was told by a representative that they will continue be open as usual and will switch to just beer and wine in the near future. Two days later the restaurant closed, the windows were papered over, and their phone number was disconnected. No explanation was posted outside the business and their web site has not been updated to reflect current events. They have been closed ever since.

Photo by reader Cris

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