Over the weekend I received a tip from reader Ken that a new vegan restaurant was coming to 426 Chapala Street, the former home of Sevilla, and that the owner previously operated a restaurant in Carpinteria for many years.
That sounded a lot like Deeahna Arrieta, owner of vegan restaurant Chamomile Cafe at 915 Linden Avenue that closed last year. I emailed Ms. Arrieta, inquiring if she was bringing a new vegan eatery to Chapala Street, and this was her response:
“Yes, it looks that way. An old friend moved here to take care of the front end so that I can work on dealing with grace under pressure and making sure that the food is amazing. I only plan on being in the front when I can greet and be sweet. One is never too old to realize ones limitations and gifts, you know? It will be called The Chamomile, vegan comfort cuisine, and will likely start with breakfast, lunch, small bakery, and juice bar. Dinner will be eased in slowly. There is a lot to do at the location since the previous rendition was dark and oppressive, at least to us. We are working on bright and welcoming. Feel free to share all of this with your readers. And thanks for asking, sweetie. By the way, that fabulous mosaic bar by renowned local artist Dan Chrynko, is for sale. Can you let people know? Thanks! Deeahna”