A rumor circulating around town is that Dean-o’s Pizzarama is planning a return and the location will be in the Harbor area. As always, this rumor might be completely false or a brilliant forecast of future events. Your call.
This just in from Georgia’s Smokehouse BBQ:
Georgia’s Smokehouse Gourmet BBQ food truck business is up for sale. After three successful years the owners, Brian and Alissa Parks, want to spend more time with each other and their now one-year-old son. ‘Two trucks and a busy calendar of events and catering jobs has me spend way more time away from my family than I want to.” said Brian when asked why they were selling.
Originally, both Brian and Alissa worked on the business together with Alissa taking on the sales, marketing and social medial aspects of the business while also working the line of eager customers outside the truck during their stops. The arrival of a baby boy about a year ago quickly put a stop to that. Her intention was to give this new baby as much love and care as was possible and trying to talk to potential catering clients and deal with scheduling the trucks at the same time was not going to cut it.
“I felt I needed to focus all my energy on the baby and on my husband and just didn’t have anything left for the business.” said Alissa.
As Brian’s responsibilities increased his ability to spend quality time with his family decreased. “It just stopped being as much fun. I love the Trucks but I love my family more. We have put a lot into the business and have a great reputation. I think it deserves to continue, so we are looking for a buyer with the energy and enthusiasm to take it forward.” He said. “It really is a unique opportunity for someone to take on an established food truck business with a proven formula.”
When asked about his plans for the future Brian responded confidently “I have executive chef experience in a wide range of restaurant environments. I have fine dining, catering, hotel and consulting experience. I’m sure I’ll find something that will let me enjoy my family as well.”
The sale is being handled by Matt Olufs, Business Broker, at Compass First. 805-886-2919.
Here is a message for you from Palazzio owner Ken Boxer:
I really need you to help me get the word out: . We are revamping the kitchen so our kitchen will be closed during October, However, during construction, we will have our Happy Hour throughout the entire month. So your readers should stop by Palazzio and visit our temporary “Construction Bar.” Our bar will open at 4pm and will have Happy Hour throughout the evening. Remember, during Happy Hour at the Palazzio Construction Bar our Colossal Martini’s (48oz strong) are only $12.00.
Lilac Patisserie at 1017 State Street is now serving breakfast from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and serving lunch from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lilac Patisserie closes at 7 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday and at 8 p.m. Friday – Sunday. Visit lilacpatisserie.com.
Reader Suzette shares some Noleta news: “Wings Chinese restaurant at the corner of Hollister and Nogal is closed. Cardboard is covering the windows. I heard that the owners wanted to retire and no one else in the family wanted to run it. I remember when it opened around 1978 or so. We lived on Cuna, right around the corner.”
Las Brasas Mexican Grill at 5915B Calle Real in Goleta has closed. Rumor has it that it may become a Chinese restaurant, which is funny because until August, 2009 that address was the home of Fortune Garden.
Reader Carol tells me that Starbucks on the Mesa is open. Several readers had previously passed word via this column that the business was being remodeled.
This just in from reader Jonathan: “Hello. I was in The Wine Collective [131 Anacapa Street] yesterday. The space has been split in half. According to the employees, the other half is going to be a cheese and bakery shop. It doesn’t look like it will be opening any time soon.”
Readers Don and Sumit let me know that Bay Area sandwich sensation Ike’s Place has just signed a lease in Isla Vista. I’m currently hunting for the exact address. Their web site ilikeikesplace.com describes the business this way: “Ike’s Place first opened its door on Halloween of 2007. The man behind the sandwich, Ike Shehadeh, always puts his customers’ happiness first. That is what sets Ike’s Place aside from the rest. When you come to Ike’s Place it is our goal to make you feel like the unique individual that you are. If that isn’t enough to set us aside, did I mention that the bread is baked fresh to order? And our soon to be patented ‘Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce’ is spread on every sandwich and baked right in the bread, and another layer is spread on afterwards to give it that extra flavor.”
Owner of Blue Agave, Brad Sherman, has opened a new concept at 20 E. Cota Street the former home of Blue Agave. I am told that Nectar Eatery and Lounge features the great cocktails that Blue Agave is known for and that the focus of Nectar’s menu is small and shareable plates using fresh ingredients and international flavors.
Brasil Arts Café at 1230C State Street is facing tough times and asked me to share this message with you:
PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE BRASIL ARTS CAFE AND CULTURAL CENTER!
Brasil Arts Cafe has been serving the highest quality authentic home cooked Brazilian food, drinks and açai bowls on State Street for two wonderful years and despite enormous customer loyalty face possible closure.
So many restaurants and small music venues have been closing and the Brasil Arts Cafe is struggling with many of the same difficult conditions. Owners Daniel and Jennifer Yoshimi have been amazed at how many Santa Barbara residents have rallied
around them over the last few weeks by coming out to try fresh new specials, discounts, and rent rally events, hoping to help this unique Brazilian establishment stay open.
The Brasil Arts Cafe (BAC) is not only Santa Barbara’s only Brazilian restaurant it is a hub for the arts and one of the last few small alternative musical and performancevenues in Santa Barbara. For those readers unacquainted with the Brasil Arts Cafe (BAC) the space includes a 1200 square foot studio that hosts dance companies that include Vanessa Isaac’s Hip Brazil and Samba School, Panzumo, La Boheme Dance Troupe, Hip Hop with Harout, West African Dance with Leida, Capoeira Sul da Bahia, and Zumba with Brady Hill.
BAC has also been home for to many SoCal and local musicians including Teka, Randy Tico, Miguel Leon, Zephan, Montecito Jazz Project, DJ Fab, DJ Chadillac, in a town where it is almost impossible for local musicians to find small venues. They have also staged numerous fundraisers including Lucidity Music Festival and others. And soccer fans know that BAC has been hands down the best place to watch World Cup Soccer.
Daniel Yoshimi is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and has always taken pride in his Brazilian heritage by sharing with the SB community his Capoeira school (Brazilian martial arts) that has been a favorite of adults and children alike since 2000. He is a First Level Mestre and draws students from up and down the California Coast. Jennifer and Daniel met at a Martial arts event and have two beautiful daughters. Having lost their home in the Tea Fire in 2008, they’ve put their lives into creating this unique cultural space in Santa Barbara.
For the last two weekends they’ve been overwhelmed by the community for support but are still facing difficult odds. They welcome any suggestions and ideas to improve their operation and have received some great community advice. But the Brasil Arts Cafe needs your help now! They are hoping to work with their landlord and the community at large to keep this jewel of a restaurant in business. Visit brasilartscafe.com
A reader spotted a listing on Loopnet that indicates that the property at 214 State Street is currently for sale for $7,395,000. The tenants at that address, including Union Ale and Kalyra Winery, will continue operations as usual.
Chef Harold Welch of World Cuisine Express will be opening Harold’s Caribbean Kitchen inside Our Daily Bread, 2700 De La Vina Street. Welch will be serving Caribbean and Ethiopian food in the evenings starting in November.
Reader Andy tells me that iGrill Korean BBQ at 3132 State Street has a notice of ownership change on the window.
The 29th Annual California Avocado Festival will be held on October 2 – 4 on Linden Avenue in Carpinteria. With over 75 music acts on four stages, numerous Arts & Craft vendors and the word’s largest vat of guacamole, this is an event not to be missed. Over 100,000 people attended in 2014. Carpinteria’s Food Liasion will be serving Avocado Brownies to raise funds for The Howard School.
This just in from the Santa Barbara Public Market at 38 West Victoria Street:
“This October, to kick off Santa Barbara’s annual epicure.sb festivities, the Santa Barbara Public Market is thrilled to team up with Visit Santa Barbara for a signature event with celebrity chef Cat Cora, of Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” The renowned culinary legend – and fellow Santa Barbaran – will make a special appearance in The Kitchen at the Santa Barbara Public Market to host the “Quickfire Cooking Challenge with Cat Cora” on Thursday, October 8 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. in The Kitchen.
“Guests are invited to this exclusive experience at the Santa Barbara Public Market to watch three notable names in social media face off as they re-create signature dishes from Public Market purveyors. Each round of dishes will be judged by the Iron Chef, and after thoughtful eliminations, a final contestant will be deemed the winner of Santa Barbara’s Quickfire Cooking Challenge with Cat Cora.
“Tickets are $95 and are LIMITED. Cost also includes sips from local vintners and breweries, and bites from Public Market merchants. Call 805-770-7702 to reserve now.”
Arch Rock Fish at 608 Anacapa Street has closed their doors after 5 years in business. Here is a message from the owners:
“The current owners entered this venture 16 months ago in an effort to assist the landlord, save jobs, and keep Arch Rock from slipping into the abyss. Unfortunately Arch Rock Fish wasn’t able to be saved. We’re grateful to have other operations in town and will make every effort to move staff to these locations in order to save jobs. We will continue to help where we can and hope to see you at our other locations: Brophy Bros., Benchmark Eatery, Farmer Boy, On the Alley and The Cliff Room.”
Season 6 of The Inn Crowd food and wine television show has returned to KEYT Channel 3 on Saturday nights at 9:30 p.m. The Inn Crowd can also be seen on the Santa Barbara News Press website tv.newspress.com. Starring Chef Michael Hutchings, teacher, caterer, and renowned restaurateur, The Inn Crowd features new culinary delights, along with a special celebrity guest each week. In addition to learning new dishes, The Inn Crowd audience will be shown the relationship between food and wine and suggested wine parings to enhance the dining experience.
After taking over several local Albertsons and Vons supermarkets earlier this year, Haggen has filed for bankruptcy and plans to close all locations in California, Nevada, and Arizona. The Bellingham, Washinton company said Thursday that it is closing all its stores in the state as part of a larger exit of its Pacific Southwest holdings. That would affect at least 100 locations, with 67 in California. That follows the closure of 27 outlets announced last month, including 16 in the Golden State. Haggen plans to keep 37 stores in Washington and Oregon, which is its home base. “Although this has been a difficult process and experience, we will remain concentrated in the Pacific Northwest where we began,” Chief Executive John Clougher said. Haggen said it planned to liquidate merchandise and furnishings, and warned that it was unlikely that buyers would make firm offers for the stores “as a going concern.” But some analysts predict that most locations will remain supermarkets, given the stores’ sizes and equipment inside. Planned South Coast closures include 3943 State Street, 2010 Cliff Drive, 163 South Turnpike Road, Goleta, 165 North Fairview Avenue, Goleta, and 850 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria.
This just in from reader Erica:
Hey there Restaurant Guy,
I wanted to let you know about a fantastic little wine bar that just opened last week! It’s called 5 1/4 (Five and a quarter), and it’s open Thur-Sat 5:15 p.m.- 10ish. They only serve Old World wines (nothing in SB like it, no joke), really great rare stuff from Greece, Lebanon, Italy. They also serve small plates; a popcorn of the week (last week was Ethiopian spiced), warm cashews with rosemary, a savory chickpea pancake with mushrooms, onions, and avocado, and a couple more I can’t remember. They have a red and a white house wine for… $5.25, by far the cheapest in town. The ultra cool part is that they space share with Pacific Crepes! I’m hoping this unique place really takes off!
Owner of Blue Agave, Brad Sherman, is in the final stages of a new concept for this historic space at 20 E. Cota Street. Blue Agave will be called Nectar Eatery and Lounge starting October 5. It will feature the great cocktails that Blue Agave is known for. The focus of Nectar’s menu is small and shareable plates using fresh ingredients and international flavors. Also new is a all new local wine list. Nectar also will offer cocktail flights to pair with well-flavored food.
Nectar is the product of Brad Sherman’s love of food, friendship and community. His vision is that patrons will return again and again to enjoy great food and service. Nectar hopes to attract a crowd that has a natural love for food, wine and cocktails in a setting that is conducive to conversation and connection.
October 3rd is the last day of Blue Agave.
This just in from reader JP:
Got an email about a new late night food delivery service named Munchiez. The street address looked familiar. This is State St Café/China Bowl with a different name, different phone # and streamlined (and more expensive) menu. Also some items are new, seems like they are trying to copy Nite Bite. Website is sbmunchiez.com
This just in from reader Natasha:
“Hi! I noticed that the Starbucks in the Mesa shopping center has been totally gutted and that a construction crew is in there. Please tell me a non-chain coffee shop is moving in?!”
The Bacara Resort & Spa will host the Santa Barbara Culinary Arts (SBCA) cookbook launch party on October 24. The 2014 SBCA cookbook was so successful that the nonprofit is publishing a second edition with an expanded list of contributors. The hard-cover cookbook will feature over 70 recipes from chefs, caterers, food purveyors and wineries of the Santa Barbara area. The gala cookbook launch party will offer food samples, chef appearances and cookbook signing plus premium wine tasting from Westerly, Refugio Ranch, Hitching Post II, Santa Barbara Winery and the Foley Food & Wine Society. Copies of the cookbook “Santa Barbara Culinary Arts: A Taste of Santa Barbara’s Culinary Bounty Edition II” will be available for sale at the event. Last year’s cookbook was the principal fundraiser for SBCA last year. SBCA donated $15,000 to their endowment of the SBCA Scholarship in Honor of Julia Child at the School of Culinary Arts & Hotel Management at Santa Barbara City College, which was increased by a partial matching grant of $7,500 from the Santa Barbara College Foundation, bringing the total impact of the SBCA donation to $22,500. Purchase tickets in advance at tinyurl.com/sbca2015
The City of Santa Barbara has a robust Foodscraps program, with the goal of keeping organic material from being buried in the landfill. They separate this organic material to make rich and useful compost. There are more than 100 restaurants and over 200 businesses who help reach this goal by being a part of the Fooodscraps program. I am told that this program is voluntary and requires extra effort from each business to get it right. They put produce, meat, and soiled paper into yellow bins, which are collected by MarBorg and converted into rich compost at an industrial facility. The City Trash & Recycling division, who is responsible for managing the Foodscraps program, has some videos explaining the yellow bin program and the rest of Santa Barbara’s waste programs on their YouTube Channel at youtube.com/user/SBRecycles. If you are a business interested in joining the City of Santa Barbara Commercial Foodscraps Program, call 564-5631.
This just in from reader Anonymous:
“Sojourner Cafe closed permanently. Staff showed up for dinner service without knowing”
I called Sojourner today (Tuesday) and they appear to be closed during regularly scheduled business hours. I have not confirmed that they have gone out of business.
Update: On Wednesday Sojourner is still closed. Unless I hear otherwise I’ll consider this the end.
Cielito restaurant at 1114 State Street has added Sunday dinner to their schedule. Taqueria: Monday – Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Brunch: Saturday – Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Happy Hour: Tuesday – Friday 4 -6 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 3-5 p.m. Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday 5 – 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday 5-10 p.m.
For over two decades the California Lemon Festival has been the biggest celebration in the Goleta area and it takes place again this year September 26th (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and 27th (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) You’ll find food, a family atmosphere, a variety of entertainment, pie-eating contests and arts and crafts vendors. The event also includes the Goleta Fall Classic Car Show and a ‘Safety Street.’ The festival is held at Girsh Park between Santa Felicia Drive and Phelps Road (behind Home Depot). Visit lemonfestival.com.
This just in from a Restaurant Guy reader:
“Las Brasas Mexican Grill (formally Los Tarascos) at 5915B Calle Real in Goleta has been shut up for a few weeks now. Closed or remodeling?”