Monthly Archives: April 2013

SY KITCHEN OPENS

Mike and Kathie Gordon, the owners of Toscana restaurant and Bar Toscana in Brentwood, have opened a two-story SY Kitchen at 1110 Faraday Street in downtown Santa Ynez. Their first day in business was April 18th. Bar Toscana chef Luca … Continue reading

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LOS GALLOS UPDATE

Reader Jeremiah tells me that there is light at the end of the tunnel for Los Gallos restaurant, 2009 De La Vina Street: Today, I spoke with a close friend of the owner and he said, “without a doubt,” Los … Continue reading

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PANERA OPENS FRIDAY

Reader Mike tells me that Panera Bread is set to open at 700 State Street, the former home of Left At Albuquerque. Hi John! Downtown Panera Bread opening May 3rd. Talked to a couple of employees on their way out. … Continue reading

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AMERICAN ALE OPENING DOWNTOWN

Santa Barbara’s newest downtown brewpub eatery American Ale is coming to 14 East Cota Street, the former home of Little Cantina, El Taco Tequila Taqueria and Square One. American Ale will be the second location for the Union Ale Company … Continue reading

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EGG WHITE DELIGHT

This just in from your friendly neighborhood McDonald’s: CENTRAL COAST McDONALD’S EXPANDS WHOLESOME BREAKFAST CHOICES WITH NEW EGG WHITE DELIGHT McMUFFIN Customers can also flip their breakfast favorites by choosing freshly grilled 100% egg whites & white cheddar on any … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you have any suggestions please leave a message in the blog. Hi, wondering if there are any restaurants in SB that have amazing bottle of wine deals on Wednesday nights?  Or any day of the week?  Thanks! Tina

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PASTA HOUSE UPDATE

These just in from reader Hugh: The number for Pasta House [at 6546 Pardall Road] in Isla Vista is disconnected and they are no longer in sbmenus either. I hope for something good as I am down the street from … Continue reading

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PHOTO BLOG

The Restaurant Gal and I went to an open house at the Bacara Resort on Sunday, celebrating new ownership by Pacific Hospitality Group, Eagle Four Partners and Bill Foley. The event included live music, hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef David … Continue reading

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OPEN OPENS

Local private chefs Myco Rosso and Linda Kendall operated their kitchen out of Earl Warren Showgrounds for many years. Having outgrown the location the pair searched for a larger kitchen and came across a space in El Mercado Plaza at … Continue reading

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JOHN LOCKE DIES

Reader Primetime tells me that John Locke, General Manager of the Cold Spring Tavern since May 2000, passed away last Sunday. No other details are available.

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KITCHEN OPENS AT SEVEN

Seven Bar & Kitchen has opened the kitchen section of their business, located in the Funk Zone at 224 Helena Street, the former home of The Pub. The eatery offers sliders, skewers, mac and cheese, salads , sandwiches and more. … Continue reading

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SEAGRASS CHEF HONORED

Chef Robert Perez, of Seagrass Restaurant at 30 E. Ortega Street, has been honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents in the inaugural edition of the peer-reviewed Best Chefs America coffee table book. Chefs were chosen after extensive … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you have a suggestion please leave a message in the blog. John, Do any restaurants feature tax day savings? I know that in LA many restaurants offer major discounts on tax day? Hannah

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WEDNESDAY WINE TASTING

CNN/KABC Talk Radio food critic Peter Dills will be in town Wednesday April 17th to host a wine tasting event at Montecito Vons. The new Toma Restaurant & Bar will be providing food samples for the event. Here is a … Continue reading

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OUR DAILY BREAD MOVES

The popular bakery Our Daily Bread has completed a move from their long-time Santa Barbara Street location to 2700 De La Vina Street, formerly occupied by Mimosa. Here is a press release: OUR DAILY BREAD OPENS NEW STATE OF THE … Continue reading

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INDIA CLUB LUNCH BUFFET

This just in from reader Hugh: Great news John. India Club [at 5701 Calle Real] in Goleta just started having a lunch buffet for $11.95! Fabulous and 2 deserts today. A lemon mousse that was fantastic, 3 kinds of chicken … Continue reading

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TOMA RESTAURANT AND BAR OPENS ON CABRILLO

As the old adage goes, “to do anything great you must do it for 10,000 hours.” Tom & Vicki Dolan, with over 65 combined years of experience in the food & beverage industry, open Toma Restaurant and Bar tonight at … Continue reading

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COAST RESTAURANT TO BECOME “FINCH & FORK”

This just in from Coast Restaurant & Bar, 31 West Carrillo Street: FINCH & FORK TO OPEN IN HEART OF DOWNTOWN SANTA BARBARA Coast Restaurant to Evolve into Modern American Bar and Grill Santa Barbara, CA, April, 2013 – This … Continue reading

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YUMMY MUMMY

Local author Marina Delio has launched a new cook book titled “The Yummy Mummy Kitchen: 100 Effortless and Irresistible Recipes to Nourish Your Family with Style and Grace.” Delio provides a collection of easy-to-make and mostly meatless recipes, as well … Continue reading

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ANCHOR UPDATE

Due to construction going on in the area Anchor Woodfire Kitchen at 119 State Street won’t be serving lunch until May. The new hours are: breakfast Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 1 1 a.m., brunch Saturday – Sunday 9 … Continue reading

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FIRST THURSDAY

Last night was First Thursday and one of the highlights of the evening was attending the showing of popular local artist Sean Calen Blake at DNA Imagery, 529 E. Gutierrez Street. Vegan sushi was provided by Duo Catering & Events.

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THE LARK COMING TO THE FUNK ZONE

A 120-seat restaurant named The Lark is coming to 131 Anacapa Street, the former home of Bay Café. Most of the seats will be out door in 2 large patios. The Lark will offer seasonal, local New America cuisine including … Continue reading

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THE LUCKY PENNY

A coffee shop and pizzeria named The Lucky Penny is coming to 131 Anacapa Street, the former home of the raw fish market. The eatery will share the parking lot with the new Lark restaurant that is replacing Bay Café. … Continue reading

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AVELINA

Avelina Wine Company will be opening a production winery at  131 Anacapa Street in the Funk Zone. Three businesses will be occupying the 10,000 square foot building: The Lark restaurant in front (formerly Bay Café), Caveau wine store in the … Continue reading

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WHODIDILY REOPENS

Whodidily cupcakes closed their Santa Barbara store in April, 2011 and their flagship Montecito location in December of that year. Reader Patrick let me know that they have reopened in Carpinteria with a slightly changed name: “Whodidily by Wendy.” This … Continue reading

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THE NAME “COAST” IS TOAST

Reader Jonathan let me know that things are about to change at Coast Restaurant and Bar, 31 W. Carrillo Street. I called the Canary Hotel, which was sold to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants a year ago, and they confirmed that their eatery … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you have a suggestion please leave a message in the blog. Do you know any details about the store East Beach Wine closing? I was a regular customer, with a few hundred dollars worth of gift certificates to redeem.  … Continue reading

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FIRST ANNIVERSARY

This just in from Arlington Tavern, 21 W. Victoria Street: NEWS FROM THE TAVERN April is a very special month at Arlington Tavern. Not only are we entering Spring, we are celebrating our first anniversary. Last year, on April 23rd, … Continue reading

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BRASIL ARTS CAFE OPENS

A new Brazilian restaurant and fitness spot named Brasil Arts Cafe has opened 1230 State Street. Chef Lica Sfredo offers Acai, smoothies, juices, Brazilian BBQ, Coxinhas, Feijoada, Brazilian desserts and more. Fitness options include Capoeira class, Samba, Afro-Brazilian Dance, Brazilian … Continue reading

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LOS OLIVOS CAFE WINS AWARD

This just in from the Los Olivos Cafe in Santa Ynez Valley: Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café Receives 2013 Family Business Award-Santa Barbara County Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County, California— Sam and Shawnda Marmorstein, owners of the Los Olivos … Continue reading

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