Monthly Archives: December 2012

WHODELICIOUS UPDATE

Reader Matt tells me that Whodelicious cupcakes in Paseo Nuevo has closed and is moving to a new, unnamed location. Here is a message posted on their web site: Notice: Whodelicious is moving. Our new site is under construction. Last … Continue reading

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2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

My foodie duties for the year wouldn’t be complete without summarizing activity at food & drink destinations on the South Coast. In 2012 there were 48 openings and 42 closings of food-related businesses (with walk-in storefronts) across the South Coast. … Continue reading

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RINCON SANTA

Merry Christmas! Because this is December 25th I thought I would let you in on a little-known secret: an optical illusion that today I’ll officially coin “Rincon Santa.” This effect, that happens on the South Coast right near Mussel Shoals, … Continue reading

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JOSIE’S

Reader Brendan tells me that 801 State Street, formerly Rocks and Snack Shack now says “leased”, and a liquor-license sign in the window mentions a business called “Josie’s.”

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OFF TOPIC [u]

The Accidental Santa call center went live today and will be open noon – 8pm through Christmas eve. Children can reach the center calling 800-726-8222. Here is a short video of the call center in action on December 20, 2012. … Continue reading

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CA DARIO PIZZERIA UPDATE

This just in from the new Ca’Dario Pizzeria: Hi John. We have finally opened our pizzeria at 29 Victoria street, two doors down from Ca’Dario restaurant. At the moment we are only open at night from 5:00 p.m. and in … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

Lance Orozco of KCLU news (1340 AM) published a radio interview today that is being broadcast this week about the Accidental Santa call center that opens this Thursday. Children can call 800-726-8222 from December 20-24 noon – 8 p.m. to … Continue reading

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SIZZLER CLOSES

Goleta dining institution Sizzler has closed at 5555 Hollister Avenue. On September 13, 2011 I reported that The Radius Group had published the address as available for lease. I spoke with a person on site who told me that demolition … Continue reading

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CA DARIO PIZZERIA OPENS [u]

Ca Dario Pizzeria opened last week at 29 E. Victoria Street in downtown Santa Barbara. The restaurant is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The pizzeria is the sister restaurant to the Italian eatery Ca Dario located next … Continue reading

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FOOD PARADISE

A chef originally from Santa Barbara will be featured on the Travel Channel on Wednesday: Hi John, My name is Tim Buckingham. I was a Santa Barbara resident during the 80′s I went through the culinary program at S.B.C.C. and … Continue reading

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ANCHOR UPDATE

Here are some menus from Anchor Woodfire Kitchen coming to 119 State Street (formerly Subway): Breakfast menu Lunch menu Dinner menu Dessert menu

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WHO’S OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY?

Most local restaurants and coffee shops are open on Christmas Eve. If you want to know who’s open on Christmas Day, however, it’s absolutely impossible to find a complete list so last week The Restaurant Gal and I made hundreds … Continue reading

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THE SHOP CAFE OPENS

A new restaurant named The Shop Cafe has opened at 730 N. Milpas Street, formerly Taqueria el Refugio, La Chiripita Taqueria, Chili Town, DogHouse, Mexican Grill and Fosters Freeze (in the 1960’s). Co-owner Scott Manser tells me the business is … Continue reading

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IGRILL UPDATE

It appears that iGrill Korean BBQ at 3132 State St (formerly Jade) is accepting to-go orders Wed-Sun 5pm-9pm and hopes to open the full restaurant within a few weeks. When fully open the eatery will have 10 BBQ grills and space … Continue reading

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CA DARIO PIZZERIA UPDATE

I am told that Ca Dario Pizzeria at 29 E. Victoria Street might open as soon as this Thursday.

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ANCHOR UPDATE

I am told that Anchor restaurant at 119 State Street, formerly Subway, hopes to open December 18th or 19th.

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HOLIDAY LIGHT TOUR

My good friend and Santa Center volunteer Harley Hahn maintains a special Santa Barbara Holiday Light Tour web page you can use to go on a free, self-guided Christmas-light tour. I went on the tour and shot an HD video … Continue reading

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SCARLETT BEGONIA NOW SERVES DINNER

This just in from owner Crista Fooks: Scarlett Begonia,  Santa Barbara’s newish boutique eatery, has finally launched phase two of their master plan….dinner.  They will be open every week Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30 to 9:00.  The menu … Continue reading

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EDHAT FOUNDER PETER SKLAR DIES

Like many in this community I am saddened to hear that Santa Barbara legend Peter Sklar, founder of the popular Edhat.com, has passed away at age 50 from pneumonia following a fifteen month struggle with inoperable brain cancer. Peter was … Continue reading

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INDY INTERVIEW

Over the last decade I have been asked why I run an annual Santa Claus call center, and why my friends take the same photo every 5 years at a lake in northern California. Though much of my day-to-day activities … Continue reading

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RORI’S OPENS IN MONTECITO

Owner Rori Trovato has opened Rori’s Artisanal Creamery at 1024 Coast Village Road in the Montecito Vons shopping center. Trovato describes her business this way: “We create organic ice creams that not only take you to a new planet, customers … Continue reading

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BRASIL ARTS CAFE COMING TO STATE STREET

A new Brazilian restaurant and fitness spot named Brasil Arts Cafe is coming to 1230 State Street in early 2013. Chef Lica Sfredo will offer Acai, smoothies, juices, Brazilian BBQ, Coxinhas, Feijoada, Brazilian desserts and more. Fitness options include Capoeira … Continue reading

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ETHIOPIAN FOOD?

There is a discussion on Edhat about a rumor that says Le Petit Valentien in downtown Santa Barbara is going to begin serving Ethiopian food on an occasional basis. Is this true? Your guess is as good as mine. Thanks … Continue reading

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THE RETURN OF SAGE & ONION

Owner Steven Giles closed his Sage & Onion restaurant on Ortega Street in downtown Santa Barbara in December 2007. In January 2013, just over 5 years later, he intends to open “Sage & Onion Cafe” at 5599 Hollister Avenue in … Continue reading

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XO OPENS IN GOLETA

A new coffee and tea bar named XO has opened at 5599 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, next to Sizzler and the former home of Deli Planet. XO is brought to you by Steven Giles, founder of Sage & Onion restaurant. … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you have a suggestion please leave a message in the blog. Restaurant Guy, Please help! We are having our company’s holiday party in Santa Barbara this weekend and need a restaurant for Saturday night. We will have 12 people, … Continue reading

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FRESH & EASY TO CLOSE?

The San Francisco Chronicle (story) and Los Angeles Magazine (story) published news today that Fresh & Easy is considering closing all 200 stores in the United States. In the meantime, Fresh & Easy stores are staying open. The grocery chain … Continue reading

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PROHIBITION REPEAL DAY

This 12/5/2012 update from reader Ted: Hi John, A bit last minute, but could you do a plug for tonight’s 2nd Annual Prohibition Repeal Day celebrations downtown? We have 6 bars participating–Marquee, Milk & Honey, Roy, Cadiz, Wildcat, Joe’s Cafe. … Continue reading

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DESSERT MENU

This observation provided to you by reader Ashleigh: I know this isn’t really breaking news, but I just noticed Wine Cask now posts their dessert menu instead of only their other menus. I think that’s neat, because they have some … Continue reading

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FRESCO CAFE UPDATE

This just in from owner Jill Brouillard: Hello John, Fresco has news! We now have our own coffee blend with Caribbean Coffee, who we have been proud to be associated with for over seventeen years.  All Fresco Cafes will now … Continue reading

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