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.

When compared to the activity in 2011 the number of openings increased by 19% while the number of closings increased by 1%. 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 in a single month reached double digits (10). The most closings were in January and September (6 each month).

Openings in 2012: American (15), Mexican (7), Coffee (5), Dessert (3), Burger (2), Deli (2), French (2), Pizza (3), Seafood (2), Bakery (1), German (1), Greek (1), Italian (1), Japanese (1), Korean (1), Market (1)

Closings in 2012: American (7), Mexican (9), Coffee (4), Deli (3), Bakery (2), Burger (2), Dessert (2), French (2), Japanese (2), Fusion (1), Hot Dog (1), Italian (1), Market (1), Smoothie (1), Steakhouse (2), Vegetarian (1), Vietnamese (1).

We lost 4 longtime dining institutions that, combined, represent more than 100 years of service on the South Coast. They are Burger King, Mimosa, Sizzler and Taco Bell on De La Vina.

Most-Reviewed Restaurants: Of the 709 eateries listed in the SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Guide, these locations received the most public reviews during 2012:

  • Petros, 1316 State St. (35 reviews) – opened Jan. 2012
  • Casa Blanca, 330 State St. (21 reviews) – opened Aug. 2011
  • Pace, 413 State St. (21 reviews) – opened Feb. 2012
  • Panera Bread, 3851 State St. (20 reviews) – opened Mar. 2012
  • Eureka Burger, 601 Paseo Nuevo (19 reviews) – opened Sept. 2012
  • Cafe Stella, 3302 Mc Caw Ave. (18 reviews) – opened May 2011
  • Cielito, 1114 State St. (18 reviews) – opened Jan. 2012

Fewest Hours: The Pan which had a grand opening at 18 E. Cota Street last February is open just 14 hours per week: Fridays and Saturdays 5 p.m. – midnight.

Longest Remodel: Emilio’s at 324 W. Cabrillo Boulevard officially closed their doors for a remodel last April and have yet to reopen.

Flash In The Pan: Eateries that both opened and closed in 2012: Cafe Blu (5 months at 506 State Street), Little Cantina (1 month at 14 E. Cota Street) and Snack Shack (2 months at 801 State Street).

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2 Responses to 2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

  1. jeff says:

    It appears that there has been a significant number of openings vs closings since 2007 meaning a net gain in establishments.

  2. Chaz says:

    Fewest Hours – Just 14? Wow, that seems like a tremendous waste of rent when calculated as cost per hour open.

    Do they do something else on the premises during the rest of the time?

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