Monthly Archives: August 2011

C U SOON

Unless breaking food news happens I’ll be gone for awhile working on other SantaBarbara.com stuff (primarily my overflowing email inbox).

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REST IN PEACE

Here is a list of local food & drink destinations that have closed this year: August 2011: Chilitos at the UCSB UCen; Gaucho Café at the UCSB UCen (closes end of Aug); Wendy’s at the UCSB UCen July 2011: Mika … Continue reading

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SUNDAY TRUCKIN’

There is a big food truck gathering at the old Be Bop Burger this Sunday the 4th. 111 State Street 11:30am until 4pm.  Live music from a couple of our local teen bands, as well as: The Burger Bus, O-Street … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

Based on a tip from reader Huyen about the future of the former-Borders location in Camino Real Marketplace I did a little investigation and it appears that beauty retailer ULTA is the front runner to take half the spot. I … Continue reading

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CAFE ANGELICA TO RELOCATE

Cafe Angelica at 490 First St, a familiar face in Solvang for over 18 years, plans to close Wednesday and start looking for a new location in Solvang. If they are unable to find a new location in the next … Continue reading

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TIMBERS UPDATE

A resident living in a mobile home park next to the former home of Timbers restaurant (10 Winchester Canyon Rd) told me last week that he and his neighbors received notices in the mail that SB Motorsports will be moving … Continue reading

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NFL TICKET

The Fishouse at 101 E. Cabrillo Blvd will be running NFL ticket on their TV’s for all of the Sunday games this season and offering Happy Hour all day in the bar/lounge area in addition to brunch.

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SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR FOOD TRUCKING

Several local food trucks plan to gather each Saturday evening from 7-10pm at the corner of Cota St. & Anacapa St. For more details I pass the microphone to Michael & Cheryl Gardner, owners of the Burger Bus: Hey John- … Continue reading

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MIMOSA COMING TO STATE

Chef Derrick Melton of Mimosa restaurant (2700 De La Vina St.) tells me that he plans to open a second Mimosa location at 714 State St., the former home of Chino’s Rock & Tacos, Matador and Piranha. Mimosa will continue … Continue reading

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PRESTO PASTA COMING TO DE LA VINA

Presto Pasta, located at 827 E. Montecito St., plans to open a second location on De la Vina St. To tell you more about it I have asked owner Albert Baltieri to come on to the stage. Albert… Hi John, … Continue reading

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PHOTO BLOG

Here are photos from Taste of the Vine, a fundraiser for the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, that was held in Summerland on Saturday, August 20th.

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C U SOON

My inbox continues to be out-of-control so I won’t be blogging for awhile until I can tame the wild beast.

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INDIA CLUB

On July 11th I wrote that Sunny Pujji, owner of Spice Avenue was opening a restaurant at 5701 Calle Real in Goleta, the former home of Pick Up Stix, and that the name of the eatery and type of cuisine … Continue reading

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

After much delay, I added Cafe Zoma at 918 State St. to the restaurant guide. Cafe Zoma replaced Northstar Coffee Company last year. Speaking of lagging, I also added El Capitan Canyon restaurant at 11560 Calle Real (about a 15 … Continue reading

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NICHOLS BROTHERS OPENING NEW EATERY IN LOS OLIVOS

Brothers Jeff and Matt Nichols, owners and chefs of Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern, have acquired the lease of the former Sidestreet Café located at 2375 Alamo Pintado Avenue in Los Olivos, in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT WRAP UP

Here is a list of food & drink destinations that have opened in the last 6 months: August 2011: Casa Blanca 330 State St; Chocolate Opulence 819 State St (Paseo Nuevo) July 2011: Norton’s Pastrami and Deli 226 S. Milpas … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

Jalama Beach, a jewel of the Santa Barbara County park system, and the last local beach camping spot that does not require a reservation, plans to end their first-come-first-serve system for campers that has been in place for decades. No … Continue reading

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SHOALS ISLAND GRILL

Reader Pam let me know that Shoals restaurant at 6602 Old Pacific Coast Hwy changed its name to Shoals Island Grill. I am told that the eatery is under the same ownership and that only a few changes were made … Continue reading

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KATY PERRY LOVES RUSTY’S

Local restaurant guru extraordinaire Arthur von Wiesenberger posted a video on Facebook of Katy Perry speaking on stage at the Santa Barbara Bowl over the weekend. Starting at 6:40 in the video she plugs La Super Rica, Rusty’s Pizza and … Continue reading

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24/7

Today I added Hot Spots at 36 State St. to the “Open 24 Hours” guide. As it turns out this isn’t anything new. Apparently they went 24/7 shortly after they reopened in 2009 but I was still listing their hours … Continue reading

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GREEN DRINKS MIXER

This just in from Silvergreens at 791 Chapala St: Hi John, I just wanted to let your readers know about our upcoming “Green Drinks Mixer” at Silvergreens Downtown next Tuesday, August 16th from 5:30pm-8:30pm. The Green Drinks Mixer is a … Continue reading

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

Today I added Casa Blanca at 330 State St to the restaurant guide. If you know their phone number please let me know and I will add it to their page. Yes, I know that’s MY job but I forgot … Continue reading

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CIELITO UPDATE

Recently I stopped by Cielito Taqueria that is coming to La Arcada in downtown Santa Barbara. Though the sign out front says “Coming Summer 2011″ I think it will be awhile before things are ready.

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OFF TOPIC

Today I added Jalama Beach County Park to the SantaBarbara.com Camping Guide. Technically it was already in the guide but I threw out the old page and created a completely new, far more detailed and photo-friendly page. I created the … Continue reading

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CASA BLANCA OPENS

A new Mexican restaurant named “Casa Blanca” has opened at 330 State St. The eatery is brought to you by the White family who own and operate FisHouse, Boathouse and Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.  Owner Tom White sent me a … Continue reading

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RENAUD’S COMING TO GELSON’S

An outlet for Jeannine’s Bakery, located inside Gelson’s Market at 3305 State St., will close at the end of the month and will be replaced by an outlet for Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro which operates a bakery next door.

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THE PUB OPENS

Santa Barbara’s newest gay bar “The Pub” has opened at 224 Helena Ave in the Funk Zone. A gay bar with the same name used do business on Helena Ave decades ago.

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“STATE & FIG” TO REPLACE WHALE TAIL DELI

New management has taken over day to day operations at Whale Tail Deli 1114 State St. in La Arcada. Husband & wife managers Patrick Casey and Marisa Moran are also in escrow to buy the business. If escrow closes at … Continue reading

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CASA BLANCA OPENS

But I’m at LAX right now dropping off my sister & nieces who are moving to Thailand (goodbye El Salvador) so I can’t tell you a lot more about it. However I can post some photos of Casa Blanca (330 … Continue reading

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THREE UCSB EATERIES CLOSING

Big changes are happening in the UCen at U.C. Santa Barbara. Wendy’s and Chilitos are gone and Gaucho Cafe closes at the end of August. A trio of replacements are getting ready to move in. Here are details from Sue … Continue reading

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