This just in from the owners of the new State & Fig restaurant at 1114 State St. in La Arcada, the former home of Whale Tail Deli:
Good morning John,
Thank you, and reader Pam, for the announcement of our recent opening. State & Fig did open last Wednesday for breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm.
We did not formally announce the opening to allow our team a smooth transition into the new operations, after a 4 month closure for renovations. We did verbalize to a majority of our former Whale Tail clientele, so that we had the chance to iron out any wrinkles with our loyal (and often forgiving!) guests.
We are proudly running on all cylinders for breakfast and lunch, however we do have a few more weeks before we launch the full service dinner (Wed-Sunday) and full service weekend brunch (Sat & Sun). We certainly will update you when we have that date, and operating hours, written in stone.
After we closed escrow in December, Marisa and I opted to continue operating as the Whale Tail, so that we could fine tune our new concept to what best suits our clientele. That period of time proved to be extremely helpful, and did present some changes to our original concept. We did not proceed with the wood burning oven, as the historic 3 story building we are in, posed too many uncertainties, and potential challenges to pursue that avenue. We also opted for a daily blackboard selection of seasonally inspired daily antipasti and cheese in place of the full service antipasti bar, which will be implemented when we launch the dinner service. We did stay true to our name…creating a menu of most all products born/raised or handcrafted in California (The State)…and prepared in the tradition of Riviera style cuisine…simple/rustic preparations with in-season products (The fig, representing both the European and California Riviera). The fig is seasonally represented in many menu preparations on the menu, and we have a beautiful 3 panel photo of the local Moreton Bay Fig tree being installed in the upcoming days as homage to the fig.
We appreciate all of the tremendous local support our family has received since relocating to Santa Barbara last August. We look forward to contributing a fresh, new dining destination to all in the historic La Arcada courtyard. We hope that everyone in the community will come and re-discover La Arcada, and State & Fig. There have been many amazing new additions to the tenancy in the past year to compliment the wonderful tenant base that has made La Arcada their home for many years.
All the best,
Patrick & Marisa