Monthly Archives: October 2013

JAVAN’S CLOSES

Reader Mike says he went to Javan’s at 938 Embarcadero Del Norte in Isla Vista for lunch and discovered they were gone. He says there’s a “thank you for 25 years of support” sign on the door.

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TAMIRA OPENS ON STATE STREET

Northern Indian restaurant Tamira has opened at 1027 State Street in the former home of Spice Avenue. General Manager Remmie Menezes tells me that the staff and menu are unchanged from Spice Avenue but prices have been reduced significantly. “The … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Here is a list of restaurants that have opened in the last year: October 2013: Tamira, 1027 State St.; Daily Grind, 2912 De la Vina St. September 2013: Smoke N Barrel BBQ Shack, 6920 Marketplace Dr., Goleta; Sushi Tyme, 819C … Continue reading

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CALIFORNIAN-PERUVIAN “BLUE TAVERN” ANNOUNCED

This just in from the up-and-coming Blue Tavern at 119 State Street, the former home of Anchor Woodfire Kitchen: Next month, Chef Ricardo Zarate and business partner Stephane Bombet of Chef Zarate Restaurant Group will open Blue Tavern, a restaurant … Continue reading

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CHUCK’S WATERFRONT GRILL CROWNED CHOWDER CHAMP

Chuck’s Waterfront Grill took home top honors at the 4rd Annual Santa Barbara Chowder Fest held at the Montecito Country Club. Competing against 17 other restaurants in a blind tasting, Chuck’s received a unanimous vote of confidence from the three … Continue reading

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OUTER AISLE GOURMET

Santa Barbara-based Outer Aisle Gourmet has introduced a new product line of Veggie Pizza Crust, Veggie Pasta, Veggie Rice and Veggie Bread. I am told that the products are made with fresh vegetables and are naturally gluten-free and low in … Continue reading

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PHOTO BLOG

Here are 95 pictures from last weekend’s 4th annual Santa Barbara Chowder Festival.

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MESA TACO BELL UPDATE

This just in from owner Richard: John, FYI:  We will be changing out the sign at the Mesa Taco Bell (1840 Cliff Drive) today.  We are replacing the old lettering and bell with the new style.  It will take a … Continue reading

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NICKY D’S REOPENS

Reader Sharon let me know that Nicky D’s Pizza at 2840 De La Vina Street has reopened after having closed for oven repairs. Sharon says Nicky D himself will be taking the helm having sold his other restaurant in Silver Lake.

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FIREHOUSE SUBS TO OPEN

With 600+ restaurants in 35 states, Firehouse Subs is adding a new location at 6530 Seville Road in Isla Vista. For more information visit firehousesubs.com. Thanks to reader Joe for the tip.

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DAILY GRIND UPDATE

After breaking the news on July 30, 2012 that Daily Grind was going to open a second South Coast location, the Restaurant Guy is happy to report that the popular espresso, juice and deli brand has opened at 2912 De … Continue reading

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SIDES UPDATE

This just in from Sides Hardware and Shoes, 2375 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los OIivos: Hello, If you haven’t heard the news yet; I wanted to inform you about our closure of breakfast.  We will continue to serve lunch and dinner … Continue reading

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BOOCARA

The 3rd Annual BOOCARA Halloween Celebration is being held Thursday, October 31, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bacara Resort.  The festivities include: 4 – 5 p.m. Trick o’ treating throughout the resort’s festive lobby, decorated by Bacara’s Creative … Continue reading

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CHOWDER FESTIVAL

Now in its 4th year, Chowder Fest presented by Food & Home Magazine has quickly become a mainstay on Santa Barbara’s festival circuit. Held at the Montecito Country Club on October 27 from noon to 3:00 p.m., Santa Barbara Chowder … Continue reading

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MAGGIE’S CLOSES

1201 State Street was the home of State and A Bar and Grill for 29 years. It appears that the follow-up act, Maggie’s restaurant, which opened in August 2012, survived just 14 months. After receiving a tip I called Maggie’s … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader Steve please leave a message in the blog. Quick question. Do you know anyone who has a mobile espresso cart that doesn’t cost a fortune? Thanks much for your help, and love your restaurant info.  … Continue reading

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TAKENOYA CLOSES

Reader Bob let me know that Takenoya at 5934 Calle Real in Goleta has closed. Bob says a hand written note is taped to the front door indicating that they are sorry to be closing and that it appears to … Continue reading

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A GREEK GOODBYE

This just in from the recently-closed Greek House Cafe at 5 W. Haley Street: John, I wish to thank you and SantaBarbara.com and all my customers for a great 7 years at the Greek House Cafe. After many years in … Continue reading

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JILL’S PLACE UPDATE

This just in from Jill’s Place, 632 Santa Barbara Street: Hi John! Thanks for letting your readers know about the fire at Jill’s Place on May 10, 2013.  I know the owner, Jill Shalhoob, and am excited to share good … Continue reading

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FARMERS MARKET COMING TO UCSB

The University of California, Santa Barbara, has announced that a “Gaucho Certified Farmers Market” will be held every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., starting on October 23rd, and will be located in parking lot 23, adjacent to the … Continue reading

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SPEAKING OF UCSB

Word around campus is that a new eatery named “Yoshinoya” has replaced Rice Garden at the Courtyard Café at UCSB near parking lot 10. A sign posted on the wall says opening day was Monday, October 14th.

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JUICE RANCH COMING TO ISLA VISTA

Fresh beverage purveyor Juice Ranch, which opened in Santa Barbara at 33 Parker Way last March, is bringing a new location to the LOOP in Isla Vista, inside of Crushcakes Café. They are going to be building a small scale … Continue reading

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BUSY BLOCK

Reader John tells me that there has been lots of real estate action near the 500 block of State Street recently. Word is that Blue Agave,  Verde and a third restaurant have all been sold.

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EMBERS OF SEPTEMBER

Santa Barbara experienced an unusually large number of restaurant closures last month. We lost 8 eateries including Pacific Coast Cafe, 6440 Via Real, Carpinteria; Anchor Woodfire Kitchen, 119 State St.; Spice Avenue, 1027 State St.; Sakura Express, 819C State St.; … Continue reading

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WINE AND DINE

Reader Peter tells me that Eureka Burger at 601 Paseo Nuevo now offers wine by the glass at half price all day on Tuesdays.

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GOLETA MCDONALD’S APPROVED FOR DRIVE-THROUGH

Lyz Hoffman with the Santa Barbara Independent is reporting that McDonald’s in Camino Real Marketplace will be getting a drive-through, after the Goleta Planning Commission approved the addition. I live right near that McDonald’s and know that the roadway in front … Continue reading

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NEW DAILY GRIND LOCATION OPENS

Readers tell me that The Daily Grind opened a second location today at 2912 De La Vina Street (formerly Taco Bell). Reader Anonymous: Stopped by the new Daily Grind this morning and it looks awesome! They opened today and the … Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN PARTY

Arch Rock Fish restaurant at 608 Anacapa Street is having a Halloween party for kids of all ages on Sunday, October 27th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Parents can enjoy a ghoulish happy hour while your kids play games, carve … Continue reading

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SLY’S UPDATE

This just in from owner/chef James Sly of Sly’s Seafood, Steaks & Cocktails at 686 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria: John, I thought that your readers might be interested to know that Sly’s is doing a special dinner in the East … Continue reading

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PHOTO BLOG

Here are pictures from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s 5th annual Sensational Seafood event at the Ty Warner Sea Center on Stearns Wharf.

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