Monthly Archives: November 2012

“CLOSED” CUP?

This just in from reader Bruce: John, I walked down State Street a couple of times this week and noticed that the Open Cup Coffee Shop (next to SuperCuts) had a sign saying “Sorry Closed Today”.  The closing looks more … Continue reading

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IGRILL UPDATE

Executive Chef Mazeo L. Frazer at iGrill tells me that the launch of his Korean BBQ restaurant at 3132 State Street (formerly Jade) is delayed due to unexpected city red tape. No opening date was given.

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THE SHOP

Reader Jeff tells me that 730 N. Milpas Street, formerly Taqueria el Refugio, La Chiripita Taqueria, Chili Town, DogHouse, Mexican Grill and Fosters Freeze (in the 1960’s) will open this week as “The Shop.” The new east-side eatery will serve … Continue reading

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DEAN-O’S UPDATE

Reader Primetime tells me that Chase Bank is moving into the former home of Subway, Fantastic Sams and Fosters Freeze at the Mesa shopping center. I am told that Chase is covering the cost of moving Subway and Fantastic Sams … Continue reading

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TWINKIE TWILIGHT

Last February I reported about that Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, Suzy Q’s, Ding Dong’s and Wonder Bread, had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now the company has shut down completely and has begun the process of selling … Continue reading

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PANERA BREAD UPDATE

Reader Mike tells me that construction has started at the new Panera Bread at 700 State Street, the former home of Left At Albuquerque. I broke the news on April 17th about their pending arrival downtown. Panera Bread opened their … Continue reading

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SB BAR & GRILL UPDATE

Reader Mike tells be that the “for lease” sign at 416 State Street, the former home of Sharkeez, was recently taken down. The sign went up in early November when the owner of Santa Barbara Bar and Grill, who was … Continue reading

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ZIA CAFE UPDATE

Reader Mike tells me that 532 State Street, the former home of Zia Cafe which closed in 2010, is showing signs of work being done on the interior.

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WINEHOUND OPENS UPTOWN

The Winehound has completed a move to their new La Cumbre Plaza location at 3849 State Street, across from Macy’s, right between See’s Candy and Chipotle.

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NUGGET SPECIALS

The Nugget at 5685 Calle Real in Goleta now offers weekend breakfast specials starting at 11am including Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Burrito and Breakfast Sandwich served until 2pm.

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THE CRYSTAL BALL KNOWS ALL

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: Anchor, 119 State St. (formerly Subway) Brothers Restaurant, 3539 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez … Continue reading

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WHO’S SERVING THANKSGIVING?

• Adama, 560-1348 • Arlington Tavern, 770-2626 • Ballard Inn Restaurant, 688-7770 • Bella Vista at Four Seasons Biltmore, 969-2261 • Bistro 1111 at Hyatt, 730-1111 • Blush Restaurant and Lounge, 957-1300 • Bouchon, 730-1160 • Ca Dario, 884-9419 • … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

Since last Thursday The Restaurant Gal and I have been in Texas visiting my childhood friend (and Best Man) named Flip. We went to Cowboys Stadium yesterday for a football game. I should back by Thanksgiving.

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ZAGAT SURVEY RESULTS

The widely-read Zagat Survey of restaurants, now a division of Google, just released their results for 2013 and I had an opportunity to glance at the booklet covering the Santa Barbara region. Zagat only surveyed about 60 local restaurants so … Continue reading

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HOLDREN’S SPECIALS

Here are “local’s specials” now available at Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood, 512 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. All specials include choice of soup or salad and choice of side. Monday: All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Baby Back Ribs for $19.95 Tuesday: 8-ounce Prime … Continue reading

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CASTING CALL FOR AMATEUR BAKERS

This just in from the CBS network: Hi John, I’m casting a new Baking Competition Series for CBS (based on “The Great British Bake Off”) and I am looking for the best amateur bakers in Southern California! I wanted to … Continue reading

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CASA BLANCA SPECIALS

Casa Blanca restaurant at 330 State Street has a “local’s night” every Monday where you receive a 1/2 price dinner entree with local ID (not valid with other offers). Tuesday is all-you-can-eat tacos (with drink purchase) for $7.95 including chicken, … Continue reading

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CAFE BLU CLOSES

Reader Chris tells me that Cafe Blu at 506 State Street (next to Natural Cafe) has closed their doors. Reader Brendan says there is now a for-lease sign above the door. Cafe Blu opened just last June.

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CHILI CHALLENGE

On Sunday, November 18 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Girls Inc. at 5315 Foothill Road in Carpinteria will have its first-ever Chili Challenge as part of their annual Taste of Carpinteria fundraiser event. Chili Cook-off contestants will go head … Continue reading

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FUNDRAISER

Fresco Cafe in Five Pts. Plaza is holding a fundraiser this Saturday, November 10th to benefit the Red Cross for Hurricane Relief. Between 4 pm to 9pm, 15 % of total revenue will be donated to The American Red Cross … Continue reading

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YOGURTLAND COMING TO GOLETA

Owners Eui and Amanda Oh tell me that the popular dessert destination Yogurtland just signed a lease at 5880 Calle Real in Goleta, the former home of Blockbuster. They plan to open their second location on the South Coast in … Continue reading

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AN OCTOBER SURPRISE

October 2012 was one for the record books. For the first time since I began tracking restaurant & coffee shop statistics back in 2005 the number of South Coast businesses opening (or reopening in a new, larger location) in a … Continue reading

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DEUX BAKERY

The bakery at Scarlett Begonia will soon move to a separate location on the east side and will be named Deux Bakery. They will specialize in artisan breads, pastries, cakes and pies. The address will be 824 Reddick Street. For … Continue reading

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RENOVATIONS

Bistro at the Bacara Resort closed for renovations in September and is currently scheduled to reopen in April of 2013.

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A RESTAURANT NO MORE

Owner Michael Stinchfield was close to opening Santa Barbara Bar and Grill at 416 State Street, the former home of Sharkeez. That all changed on November 3rd when he was arrested and charged with sexual assault, a hate crime and other … Continue reading

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

Today I added photos for 17 restaurants including Angry Wings, Cafe Blu, Crushcakes Isla Vista, Eureka Burger, Fresh & Easy Market, Good Cup, Hana Kitchen, Hidden Dolphin, Itsuki Restaurant, Maggie’s, On The Alley, Open Cup, Pizza My Heart, Rosales, Snack … Continue reading

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HANA KITCHEN OPENS

A new restaurant named Hana Kitchen has opened at 6558 Pardall Road in Isla Vista, the former home of Fat Mo’s Burgers & Car Wash, Flaming Grill, Fresh Start, and Isla Vista Bakery Cafe. I am told that the menu is “eclectic Asian, … Continue reading

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GRAND REOPENING

McDonald’s restaurant at 1213 State Street will host a grand reopening of their renovated eatery on November 19th. Improvements include new interior design and lighting, a flat-screen television and free WiFi. There will be an 8:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting event with the … Continue reading

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iGRILL UPDATE

Executive Chef Mazeo L. Frazer tells me that IGrill Korean BBQ at 3132 State Street is planning to have an official opening November 30th with a soft opening possibly happening mid-month. Frazer says: “We have completed the kitchen remodel and … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING THE 7 SEAS COCKTAIL LOUNGE

This just in from the owner of Palazzio 1026 State Street: Hi John, Interesting human interest story.  I had a customer send to me these photos:  During WW2, the Palazzio location was a tiki bar restaurant called: “Seven Seas.”  It … Continue reading

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