In a potentially great sign for the local culinary economy, I am happy to report that there have been no South Coast restaurant closures (that I know of) in the last 3 months. In the 8 years that I have been keeping dining statistics this is the first time we have gone more than a single month without a closure, so suddenly passing the 3 month mark is amazing. Here is a list of local restaurants that have closed in the last year:

  • July: none
  • June: none
  • May: none
  • April 2013: Coast Restaurant & Bar, 31 W. Carrillo St. (now Finch & Fork); Pasta House, 6546 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista
  • March 2013: none
  • February 2013: La Carreta Mexican Seafood, 290 Storke Rd., Goleta
  • January 2013: Los Gallos, 2009 De la Vina St.; Meat n’ Potatoes, 4444 Hollister Ave., Goleta; O Street Truck (mobile); Road Dogs (mobile); The New Black BBQ (mobile)
  • December 2012: Little Cantina, 14 E. Cota St.; Open Cup, 728 State St.; Sizzler Restaurant, 5555 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Whodelicious, 811 State St.
  • November 2012: none
  • October 2012: Cafe Blu, 506 State St.; East, 1208 State St.; El Taco Tequila Taqueria, 14 E. Cota St.; EpicBowl, 819 State St.; Itsuki Restaurant, 4020 Calle Real (moved to 7127 Hollister Ave., Goleta); Mimosa, 714 State St.
  • September 2012: Café Zoma 918 State St.; Chocolate Opulence, 819 State St.; Jack’s Bistro & Bagels, 3891 State St.; Kingston’s Candy Co., 3415 State St.; McMasters Steak and Hoagie, 910 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista; Snack Shack, 801 State St.; Whale Tail Deli, 1114 State St.
  • August 2012: Le Crepe Shoppe, 15 W. Gutierrez St.; Taqueria el Refugio, 730 N. Milpas St.
  • July 2012: Burger King, 3707 State St.; Dogtown, 888 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista; Jitters Coffee, 728 State St.
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  1. Local Gal says:

    Kingfish in Solvang just closed.

  2. VetteGuy says:

    What about the closure of Emilio’s on Cabrillo? Not sure what month that actually occurred….

  3. John Dickson says:

    Emilio’s closed in April, 2012. My opening/closing stats do not cover Buellton or Solvang.

  4. Cris says:

    John, I think when you announced La Carreta had closed you had said something was quickly going to replace it. Have you heard anything more?

    • John Dickson says:

      Yes, I was told that a new eating place would be there within a week after closure then nothing happened at all and no word yet on anyone interested in the space.

  5. Firme Vato says:

    What about the new Mongolian bbq place that replaced New
    China in Old Town. They went out of business last month. It’s now a
    Mexican restaurant “La Tapatia 3” No love for G Town John?

  6. Liz says:

    New China on Hollister in Old Town Goleta closed in June.

  7. Glenn says:

    I wonder if there is a pattern there, more tourists in the summer = busy time for restaurants. I think the exception is IV where summer is sometimes not the best place to open as hardly any students.

  8. Charlotte says:

    The space where La Carreta and the Asian “massage” place is finally being gutted. Perhaps a new business will take over both spaces. Hopefully a fabulous new diner is my big wish.

  9. Eric says:

    Not sure if I missed it, but what’s the story about all the construction on the former Jack’s bagels at La Cumbre?

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