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.; Quizno’s, 1213 State St.; Italia Pizza & Pasta, 149 N. Fairview Ave, Goleta; Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, 305 Paseo Nuevo; and Greek House Cafe, 5 W. Haley St.

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  1. Brent says:

    Not all were closures, several were sales to new owners. I stopped at Sakura today and met one of the new owners. She told me that they will have a new menu and new name next month.

  2. Bob says:

    All due respect, but a new menu, new name and new owner pretty much means the old place closed.

    And Greek House closed? I can’t say I’m surprised. That guy could put out a pretty good gyro (sometimes) but certain elements of running a business, well, he was supremely lacking (customer service, cleanliness, and most of all, way too much time to fill an order).

  3. Jim Turner says:

    Unfortunately there is a dis-connect between what a restaurant operator can afford to pay each month to run a viable business and what rents landlords require to lease their spaces.

  4. Victoria says:

    Then why do restaurant owners seek out landlords and agree to these leases? Restaurant owners know in advance of the lease signing that you have to pay full rent even if your business slows. No restaurant owner HAS to start a business with an unaffordable lease.

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