Monthly Archives: April 2011

OOPS!

Last night several members of the local “food media” were invited to attend an event at the Wine Cask titled “Welcome to the Chef’s Counter.” I was lucky enough to be included on the invite list. When I arrived at the Wine … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

Today, the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle program’s first flight, NASA announced that the retired Endeavor space shuttle will be going to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. This means that Santa Barbara students are going to have some terrific space-related field … Continue reading

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SCARLETT BEGONIA TO OPEN THIS SUMMER

Victoria Court has a new tenant that caught my eye last weekend. A sign has appeared at 11 W. Victoria St, suite 10, the former home of Cafe Bianco, announcing the pending arrival this summer of an eatery named “Scarlett Begonia.” … Continue reading

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THREE PICKLES UPDATE

This Saturday Three Pickles Deli at 128 E. Canon Perdido St is moving 10 feet away to their spacious new location at 126 E. Canon Perdido St, the former home of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens.

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TIPS FOR ANDRE

Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach, Santa Barbara FisHouse and the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company will be donating all tips on Tuesday, April 12 to Andre Barbieri who was in a terrible accident recently. Here is a message about it. Time: Tuesday, April 12 · … Continue reading

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EL RIO UPDATE

On August 18, 2010, when the news broke that a restaurant is coming to 330 State Street, I wrote that sources told me it would be serving Mexican cuisine. On February 10, 2011 I posted a rumor that the name of the … Continue reading

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PANERA BREAD UPDATE

On February 2, 2010 I wrote that Panera Bread was planning to open somewhere in Santa Barbara. On October 12, 2010 I updated the story and wrote that Panera plans to open somewhere near La Cumbre Plaza. I said that my best guess is that … Continue reading

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MCCONNELL’S UPDATE

Relax. McConnell’s Ice Cream at 201 W. Mission St didn’t close. They are currently undergoing a remodel. I have received about a dozen emails from concerned McConnell’s fans about this!

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SUNDAYS AT FRESCO

Fresco Cafe at 3987 State St plans to start serving meals on Sunday. Here are the details from owner Jill Brouillard: Hello John, I just wanted to let you know that beginning Sunday April 17th, Fresco Cafe in Five Points will … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

Former UCSB student and basketball star Brian Shaw might become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers – read story

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PARKING LOT PAIN

The Santa Barbara Daily Sound has an article today about the closure of city parking Lot 10 (at Anacapa & Ortega) and how it is negatively affecting nearby restaurants. The four-story, 546-space garage has been undergoing a seismic retrofit since February. … Continue reading

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CHEF HUNTERS

This just in from the Food Network: Hi John, My name is Piper and I am a Casting Director in Los Angeles.  We are currently looking in Southern California for Executive Chefs and Executive Sous Chefs for a new series … Continue reading

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PHOTO BLOG

April 2, 2011 – Here are pictures from the Santa Barbara Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Winter Wine Down fundraiser held at Alameda Park last Saturday.

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BEACH GRILL TO REOPEN

After closing last December, the Beach Grill at Padaro at 3765 Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria is set to reopen toward the end of April under new ownership. Renovations are currently underway. In January I posted a rumor that the founders … Continue reading

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WAYNE KJAR CAKES

I recently found out about a new bakery named Wayne Kjar Cakes that opened 5 months ago at 2018 Cliff Drive on the Mesa. It is run by Wayne Kjar who is the former owner of Hennings Cake Boutique and is the … Continue reading

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

Today I added Carpinteria icon Robitaille’s at 900 Linden Ave to the dessert section of the restaurant guide. I also added Wayne Kjar Cakes at 2018 Cliff Dr to the bakery section.

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EVENTS UNLIMITED

I recently heard about a new commissary/commercial kitchen named Events Unlimited that has opened at 205 Santa Barbara St (805-966-4818), right across from Metropulos deli. I hear that several businesses share the space including Wild Cutures (wildcultures.com) who makes kombucha tea infused … Continue reading

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BROPHY’S TO BECOME BEVMO

In another sign of the recession’s heavy toll on local restaurants, it has come to my attention this morning that Brophy Bros. at the harbor is scheduled to be replaced by a BevMo! alcoholic beverage superstore. BevMo! spokesman Jack Daniels said in a press-release: … Continue reading

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JUAN & JEFFE’S: SANTA BARBARA’S FINEST CUISINE

Juan & Jeffe’s, listed in the Mexican cuisine category of the restaurant guide, has one distinction that sets it apart from all other restaurants on the South Coast: it has never served any food. Not a single breakfast. Not a … Continue reading

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