Monthly Archives: March 2014

LAFOND WINERY OPENING IN THE FUNK ZONE

This just in from Pierre Lafond: Hi, I just wanted to give you the heads up that we are opening our new tasting room for Lafond Winery in the next two weeks. It is adjacent to its sister winery, Santa … Continue reading

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ANNIVERSARY

Santa Barbara’s only Brazilian restaurant, Brasil Arts Cafe, 1230 State Street, is celebrating its 1 year anniversary with free capoeira and dance classes, free food samples and samba at its “Customer Appreciation Day” this Saturday, March 29th, from 9am-5pm. To … Continue reading

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BREAKFAST AT TACO BELL’S

Today Taco Bell launched their new breakfast option nationwide. Here is the full press release: The Waffle Taco and A.M. Crunchwrap Will Go Nationwide as Part of the Largest Menu Expansion in Taco Bell History IRVINE, Calif.,  – Taco Bell … Continue reading

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TRI TIP COMPANY TO OPEN IN THE FUNK ZONE

Matthew Jameson-Chrestenson, owner of Union Ale Brewing Co., 214 State Street and American Ale, 14 East Cota Street, contacted me on Facebook recently to send me a tip, or should I say “tri tip.”  This summer he will be opening … Continue reading

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THE CRYSTAL BALL

After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the all-knowing crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of locations appearing in your future: Anacapa Seafood raw bar, 38 W. Victoria St. Beach Bowls, 901 Linden Ave., … Continue reading

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ELEPHANT BAR UPDATE

Reader Carla let me know that the folks at Edhat are discussing the recent sighting of cleanup crews at the former home of Elephant Bar. One commenter says “I heard from some of the folks working on the site that … Continue reading

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STARBUCKS EVENINGS

Reader DeeDee let me know that Starbucks plans to turn some of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings. The coffee company says it is looking to expand alcohol sales to thousands of select stores … Continue reading

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DINNER THEATER

Tara Hamilton, organic farmer and owner of Organic Fresno launched a murder mystery Dinner Theater on February 14. It is performed at the Veterans Memorial Building, 112 West Cabrillo Boulevard Dinner. Show and drinks are $49 or $65 per person … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader Missazn please leave a message in the blog. Hi, I was wondering if you, or any one of your followers, know of a bakery in town that sells cronuts. Thanks.

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IT AIN’T SO

A rumor circulating around town, that periodically whizzes past my window up here in the Santa Barbara Food News Control Tower, suggests that the White family, owners of Boathouse, Casa Blanca, FisHouse, and Santa Barbara Shellfish Co. are considering opening … Continue reading

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PUBLIC MARKET UPDATE

The Santa Barbara Public Market, part of the Alma del Pueblo mixed-use building that will house both condos and merchants, is expected to open in April at the intersection of Victoria and Chapala, in the location formerly occupied by Vons.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader Robert please leave a message in the blog. Hi John, Can you recommend any restaurants in town that serve no-salt/low-salt dishes? Thanks, Robert

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PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA COMING TO GOLETA

Reader Paul let me know that Papa John’s Pizza is coming to 5756 Calle Real in Goleta. The address is immediately next door to Paloma Restaurant and Tequila Bar. A new sign on the door reads: “Coming Soon Papa John’s … Continue reading

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FAMILIAR FACES

Chef Michael Hutchings, from Michael’s Catering, and chef James Sly, owner of Sly’s restaurant in Carpinteria, cooked for Vice President Joe Biden tonight. Actor Charlie Sheen and girlfriend were spotted at Roy restaurant last night.

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BROPHY’S TO BUY FARMER BOY RESTAURANT

The legendary Bennett family, owners of Brophy Bros. restaurant and On The Alley at the Santa Barbara harbor, are in escrow to buy Farmer Boy restaurant, an icon in San Roque since 1958, at 3427 State Street. I’m told escrow … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader Catherine please leave a message in the blog. One would think that The Restaurant Guy should know this, but I actually don’t have a clue. My guess for the entire South Coast is “20,000″ and … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Here is a list of local restaurants that have closed in the last year: March 2014: Betos Subs, 731 De La Guerra Plaza; The French Table, 129 E. Anapamu St. (now Piano Gastrolounge); Sunnyside Market & Deli, 436 E. Gutierrez … Continue reading

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SUNNYSIDE CLOSES

Reader Bailey let me know that Sunnyside Market & Deli at 436 E. Gutierrez Street has closed. They opened for business in December 2010. Here is a message posted on their web site: To Our Loyal Customers, We would like … Continue reading

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SNAP CHOW

Before you had a chance to Snap Chat with your friends about Betos Subs, which had a grand opening on March 6th at 731 De la Guerra Plaza, the restaurant went out of business 9 days later, setting a new … Continue reading

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MARKET MERGER

Safeway, Vons and Albertsons are merging in a $9.4 billion dollar deal.

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PATXI’S PIZZA OPENING DOWNTOWN

Reader David let me know that Patxi’s Pizza, specializing in a deep dish style, is coming to 515 State Street, formerly a “The Territory Ahead” retail store. Add to that Barbarians Pizza (511 State Street) and Uncle Rocco’s N.Y. Pizza … Continue reading

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OLIO CRUDO BAR OPENS

Olio Crudo Bar has opened at 11 W. Victoria St., Ste. 18. The eatery is brought to you by Olio e Limone Ristorante, located next door. It is the latest addition to the Olio group (which also includes Olio Pizzeria, … Continue reading

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FRENCH TABLE CLOSES, BECOMES “PIANO GASTROLOUNGE”

Last November The French Table at 129 E Anapamu Street was sold. Last week the new owners closed The French Table and, in its place, opened the Mediterranean restaurant Piano Gastrolounge, with a whole new menu. For more information call 882-0050. … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader Matt please leave a message in the blog. John- My name is Matt and I’m doing some research for my boss regarding previous restaurants at our address.  I’m aware of a few including Calypso and … Continue reading

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THE NEW CHICKEN RANCH

This message and photo just in from reader Cris: Hi John, A few weeks ago I has said Chicken Ranch [163 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta] was moving next door. They now have opened with a more spacious layout. -Cris

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OFF TOPIC

The Web turns 25 today, being born on March 12, 1989. Thank you Tim Berners-Lee for your great idea. I remember first using the web in 1993, which was about 5 years before Google was born.  In 1994 I had … Continue reading

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FOOD BANK TO HOST FORK & CORK

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has announced the inaugural Santa Barbara Fork & Cork Classic taking place Sunday, June 1st from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Road in Montecito. “We look forward … Continue reading

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SILVERGREENS UPDATE

I just received this press-release from Silvergreens restaurant: SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – March 11, 2014 – Silvergreens’ new Proteins Greens & Grains menu makes it simple for Santa Barbara diners to enjoy a balanced meal that is packed with bold … Continue reading

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JIMMY JOHN’S OPENS TODAY IN ISLA VISTA

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches has opened at 909 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista. The eatery has 1600 locations across 40 states and has opened 200 new locations per year over the last 3 years. I spoke with the manager … Continue reading

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BLAZE OPENS IN ISLA VISTA

Blaze Pizza has opened at 6546 Pardall Road in Isla Vista. Blaze Pizza uses an interactive assembly line format that allows guests to create their own custom-built artisanal pizzas at high speed – for around $7.00.  Each pizza starts with … Continue reading

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