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 up a notch,” says Campos. “It is more of a unique dining experience, more so than your regular tacos and enchiladas that you’ve seen in typical Mexican restaurants. We will have that but we will have a lot of other special items that we think will fit Santa Barbara. We are going the extra mile by bringing in the right chef, Jim Gartman, that we feel is the right fit for Santa Barbara, with a south-western background.” Gartman is an award winning chef who has cooked from New York to New Mexico and is moving to Santa Barbara from a high-end country club in Arizona.
Campos says he has redecorated the building in its traditional Santa Barbara Spanish architectural design. He brought it back to what he thinks is the original condition of the building which was built in the early 1920’s. Local designer Raul Flores has done all the wrought iron work in the building and all the artwork was created by local artist Karen Fedderson.