There is a rumor raging on Edhat that goes like this:
“When the City of Santa Barbara renovates the Cabrillo Pavilion on East Beach next year, it plans not to renew the lease of the East Beach Grill, a beloved institution of locals and tourists alike.”
Edhatters contacted me and asked if I could get to the truth of the matter so I spoke with Francisco Aguilera, owner of East Beach Grill, Char West and Great Pacific Ice Cream Company.
Aguilera tells me that the story is false and that he has a lease for another 5 years. He says that he loves working with the City of Santa Barbara, that the City loves working with him and that there are no plans to change things. Aguilera says that there are plans to do a multimillion dollar renovation of the Cabrillo Pavilion but this could be years away and that the Coastal Commission has yet to issue a permit.