Monthly Archives: May 2013

MCCONNELL’S COMING TO STATE

Reader Michael says that McConnell’s Ice Cream will be opening a location at 728 State Street, the former home of Open Cup, Jitters Coffee, Java Jones, and Espresso Roma Café.

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VERDÉ TO OPEN DOWNTOWN

A south-western restaurant named Verdé will be opening in mid-June at 532 State Street, the former home of Zia Café. Owner Dave Campos was affiliated with Zia Café before the year 2000. “We’re taking the south-western cuisine of Santa Barbara … Continue reading

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NEW JAPANESE RESTAURANT

The latest report arriving up here in the South Coast food news control tower reveals that a quick casual Japanese eatery is coming to 3891 State Street (in the Galleria), the former home of Jack’s Bistro & Bagels.

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HIMALAYA HOUSE

I spoke with All India Café at 431 State Street and was told that they will close in mid-June. After 2 weeks of remodeling the eatery will reopen under new ownership as “Himalaya House,” offering Indian, Nepali and Tibetan cuisine. … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

That was quite an earthquake this morning. No need for coffee!

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DEAN-O’S UPDATE

The Restaurant Gal and I were dining at Mesa Café recently and noticed that the transformation of the building next door, previously occupied by the legendary Dean-O’s Pizzarama at 1950 Cliff Drive, is complete. The site of the former eatery … Continue reading

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DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AT BACARA

This just in from the Bacara Resort: In the wildly successful documentary, SOMM, viewers are taken on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world – the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier exam. … Continue reading

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LITTLE CAESARS OPENS

Last week Little Caesars Pizza opened in Casitas Plaza Shopping Center at 1048 Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria. The new restaurant split the tenant space previously occupied by Hallmark, next to CVS Pharmacy. This is the third South Coast outlet … Continue reading

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AMERICAN ALE OPENS

American Ale has opened at 14 East Cota Street, the former home of El Taco Tequila Taqueria and Square One. American Ale is the second location for the Union Ale Company which opened their first restaurant at 214 State Street … Continue reading

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ARLINGTON BBQ

Arlington Tavern at 21 W. Victoria Street celebrating Memorial Day weekend with a barbecue on Monday, May 27, to kick off summer in Santa Barbara. The crew at AT will open doors early at 2:00pm on Monday. Chef Ron True … Continue reading

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MONTECITO EATS, INC

A new sign for “Montecito Eats, Inc.” has appeared at 1014 Coast Village Road, the former home of Tsunami restaurant. The as-yet-unnamed restaurant will be brought to you by Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, owners of acclaimed Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern … Continue reading

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DOWNTOWN ART & WINE TOUR

This just in from the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization: 2013 DOWNTOWN ART & WINE TOUR Thursday, May 23rd, 5:30 – 9:30 PM Tour: 5:30-8:00 pm at various downtown locations Party: 7:30-9:30 pm at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum Santa Barbara, … Continue reading

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NEW OWNERSHIP

This just in from reader Stacy: Hi, I saw a sign in the window of Ichiban saying that the restaurant is undergoing a transfer of ownership. Do you know anything about this? Thanks! Stacy

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PANERA OPENS

Panera Bread has opened at 700 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. The eatery opened their first South Coast location at 3851 State Street in March, 2012.

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FIGUEROA SET TO OPEN

While enjoying a variety of dishes from Taste of the Nation at the Montecito Country Club I spoke to the folks manning the booth for Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. They told me that they hope to open their new Funk … Continue reading

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PHOTO BLOG

Here are pictures from Taste of the Nation that was held at the Montecito Country Club last weekend.

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ISABELLA’S OPENS

Reader Steve tells me that Isabella’s Gourmet Foods has opened at 5 E. Figueroa Street (part of La Arcada Court) in what used to be a yarn shop. Here is a description from their web site: Isabella Gourmet Foods is … Continue reading

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NEW WINE BAR

This just in from reader Tony: Hi John, I noticed that a new wine bar/ wine shop is apparently moving into the old Live Culture space at the entrance to Paseo Nuevo (11 W. De la Guerra St). Thanks Tony … Continue reading

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DINING FOR SOLSTICE

This Wednesday May 15th at 5pm, The Restaurant Gal and I will be waiting tables at Pascucci restaurant 729 State St for the Solstice Parade’s annual fundraiser. 100% of your dining bill, including tip, will go toward Solstice (thank you Pascucci … Continue reading

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MOM’S UPDATE

I thought Mother’s Day would be a good time to post an update on long-gone Santa Barbara icon Mom’s Italian Village, 421 E. Cota Street that began serving local diners in the 1930′s. Even though the building was demolished and … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

On Monday, May 13th, I have a birthday that ends with a zero so I will be taking a little time off to celebrate. Hopefully I’ll restart later in the week. See you soon!

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FIRE AT JILL’S PLACE

Edhat is reporting that there was a fire in the kitchen early this morning at Jill’s Place, 632 Santa Barbara Street. Though the fire was confined to the kitchen, apparently there is a lot of smoke and water damage throughout … Continue reading

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TASTE OF THE NATION

Santa Barbara chefs, restaurants and mixologists will gather for the 6th annual Taste of the Nation culinary benefit on Sunday, May 19 at the Montecito Country Club from 3pm to 6pm, with a VIP reception beginning at 3pm. Taste of … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

CNN published a story today, written by Paul Vercammen, about the 5-year photo guys from Santa Barbara. The northern California cabin my friends and I have been going to for 30 years to take our photo was burglarized while we … Continue reading

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A RESTAURANT NO MORE

Reader Bruce let me know that 714 State Street, an address that been home to restaurants for decades including Mimosa, Chino’s Rock & Tacos, Matador and Piranha, will soon be a women’s clothing store named LOLE.

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REDS REOPENS

After having their alcoholic beverage permit suspended in January, Red Wine Bar at 211 Helena Avenue reopens this Friday. Here is a message from owner Dana Walters: I am so grateful for this opportunity to help re-open and run what … Continue reading

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NITE BITE

A new local company named Nite Bite delivers a limited menu selection from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. There is a $20 minimum order and no delivery charge. The menu includes hamburger $9.50, grilled chicken sandwich $10, roasted veggie sandwich … Continue reading

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LAZY ACRES HONORED

Noozhawk is reporting that Lazy Acres Market at 302 Meigs Road has been named Outstanding Retailer of 2013 by the Specialty Food Association. The award will be presented July 1 at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you have any suggestions please leave a message in the blog. Hi John, Mother’s Day Brunch has always been avoided in the past but this year, we are going in….any ideas? Thanks, Charlotte

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PALAZZIO TURNS 20

Palazzio restaurant celebrates their 20 year anniversary on May 13, 14, and 15 beginning at 4pm each night. They are rolling back prices on many of their most popular items. A full order usually feeds four adults. They will be … Continue reading

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