Monthly Archives: April 2012

ARLINGTON TAVERN OPENS

Arlington Tavern has opened at 21 W. Victoria St (formerly Epiphany). Here is a message about it from owner Ron True: Hi John, The opening of Arlington Tavern is a dream come true and couldn’t be in a better place. … Continue reading

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EMILIO’S UPDATE

Emilio’s restaurant at 324 W. Cabrillo Blvd is renovating their kitchen and will be closed for 2 weeks.

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RUMOR MACHINE

I was doing my spring cleaning this morning and noticed that the Rumor Machine had become quite dirty. When I pulled it away from the wall so I could better access it for damp-cloth dusting I noticed that it was … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you have a suggestion please leave a message in the blog. Hi John! Can you please tell my husband and me why restaurants in Santa Barbara do not offer a sensibly priced wine by the glass? The last place … Continue reading

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SILVERGREENS UPDATE

This just in from Silvergreens (791 Chapala St & 900 Embarcadero Del Mar) Hi John, I hope all is well with you! I have a few updates that we wanted to share with you and your readers. Silvergreens Catering has … Continue reading

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STARS FOR HEROES

This just in from Carl’s Jr.: Hi John, I wanted to touch base to let you know about “Stars for Heroes,” a special partnership between your local area Carl’s Jr. and military charities, including The Mission Continues and USA Cares. … Continue reading

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TACO BELL ON DE LA VINA TO CLOSE

I received this message today from Richard Payatt, owner of several local Taco Bell restaurants: John, This is to let our wonderful and faithful customers know that after forty years at the same location, Taco Bell at 2912 De La … Continue reading

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BEER BUMMER

This just in from reader Scott: John, Disappointing news for local beer drinkers. Santa Barbara Ice on Milpas Street is no longer selling kegs of beer and will not refund customers left with empty keg shells that were purchased with … Continue reading

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

Today I added the menu for Nardonne’s La Famiglia Pizzeria to the restaurant guide. I also added photos of La Arcada Bistro.

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THE CRYSTAL BALL

After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the all-knowing Crystal Ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of locations appearing in your future: Arlington Tavern 21 W. Victoria St (formerly Epiphany) Ca Dario Pizzeria Victoria St … Continue reading

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5 YEARS AT THE DAILY SOUND

Five years ago today, on April 24th 2007, “The Restaurant Guy” made its debut in the Santa Barbara Daily Sound newspaper. The South Coast has many experienced and talented restaurant writers/critics so it’s a miracle that this column ever came … Continue reading

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SHARKEEZ GRAND OPENING

On Thursday May 3rd at 5 p.m. Sharkeez at 416 State St will complete a move to 525 State St., the former home of Madison’s Grill & Tavern. Here is a message I received about it: Dear John, My name … Continue reading

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COFFEE IN CARP

I received a tip that a new local coffee shop named Lucky Llama Coffee has opened at 5100 Carpinteria Ave in Carpinteria.

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OUR DAILY BREAD UPDATE

Ready Jody tells me that Our Daily Bread at 831 Santa Barbara St. now serves vegan cookies and cake.

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PANERA BREAD OPENING NEW DOWNTOWN STORE

Reliable sources tell me that Panera Bread just signed a lease at 700 State St., the former home of Left At Albuquerque and Ma Dolce Vita. The popular eatery opened their first Santa Barbara location at 3851 State St (next … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

 Here is a list of local food & drink destinations that have closed in the last year: April 2012: Ultimate Bagels 1226 State St March 2012: Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern 2350 Railway Ave, Los Olivos; Cafe Shell 1112 State … Continue reading

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SIDES OPENS

Sides Hardware and Shoes opened today at 2375 Alamo Pintado in Los Olivos (formerly Patrick’s Side Street Cafe). The eatery is run by brothers Matt and Jeff Nichols who served their last dinner at Brothers Restaurant inside Mattei’s Tavern on … Continue reading

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SCOLARI’S TO CLOSE

News all over town last weekend is that Scolari’s at 222 N. Milpas St. plans to close. I received a tip that employees were given a 60 day notice but have not confirmed that.

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ULTIMATE BAGELS CLOSES

Ultimate Bagels at 1226 State St (next to the Granada) closed their doors on April 13th. The eatery opened in November 2009. Here is a message from owner Alex Weinstein: Dear Loyal Patrons, As of Friday, April 13th, Ultimate Bagels … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

It appears the Post Office space in Victoria Court is now available for lease. Hi John, Just noticed a for lease sign posted by SIMA above the Victoria Post Office. I had thought they were going to stay open on … Continue reading

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FRESCO UPDATE

This just in from Fresco Cafe 3987 State St: Hello John, I wanted to provide you and your readers information on events coming up at Fresco Cafe. 4/14 — This Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm we are hosting … Continue reading

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

When I passed through the Santa Barbara airport last month at 5 a.m. (on my way to skiing in Colorado) I used the opportunity to finally take some pictures of the Coffee Bean downstairs, Coffee Bean upstairs and restaurant Costa … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Here is a list of food & drink destinations that have opened in the last year: April 2012: Chipotle 3851 State St March 2012: Jersey Mike’s 7034 Marketplace Dr, Goleta; La Arcada Bistro 1112 State St; Nardonne’s La Famiglia Pizzeria … Continue reading

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CAFÉ EQUILIBRIUM

A new restaurant named Cafe Equilibrium that specializes in crepes, coffee and ice cream, has opened at 6549 Pardall Rd in Isla Vista, the former home of Sweet Tooth (2011), Saigon Express (2008) and Menehunes Bar & Grill (2006). Thanks … Continue reading

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CHIPOTLE OPENS AT LA CUMBRE PLAZA

Mexican restaurant Chipotle has opened next to La Cumbre Plaza at 3851 State St, the former home of Baja Fresh. Additional South Coast locations are at 723 State St. and 270 S. Storke Rd in Goleta. The restaurant, known for … Continue reading

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REINCARNATION?

Something might be happening at 230 E. Victoria St, the former home of Spiritland Bistro.  Word on the street is that “former owners at that address are going to go back in and open up.” I don’t know if that … Continue reading

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TY’S CAFE UPDATE

I received this message and photo from reader Erik about Ty’s Cafe which will be replacing Minnow Cafe at the Harbor. This posted in the harbor (in front of the old Minnow Cafe) for awhile now.  Love your column in … Continue reading

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OUTBACK UPDATE

Reader Primetime sent me a note about Outback Steakhouse 5690 Calle Real in Goleta: Being that I am a NASCAR fan…..  I see a local connection you should be aware of. Every time Ryan Newman finishes in the top ten … Continue reading

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CHIPOTLE OPENS

Sources tell me that Chipotle restaurant has opened at the former home of Baja Fresh in La Cumbre Plaza.

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EASTER BRUNCH

This just in from Scarlett Begonia at 11 W. Victoria St.: Hey John, Scarlett Begonia will be having a special Easter Brunch. We have designed  wonderful and whimsical children’s buffet and for the adults chef Ramos has prepared a special … Continue reading

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