The restaurant and bar space at the Montecito Inn, that used to be the home of Montecito Cafe, has been leased by the husband-and-wife duo behind Scratch Bar & Kitchen in Los Angeles. The hotel’s owners teamed up with broker Liam Murphy of Hayes Commercial Group earlier this year in search of a tenant to bring a new concept to the 2,513 SF space at 1295 Coast Village Road.
“Due to the iconic nature of the property and the unique location within the hotel, we were tasked with identifying a restaurateur that would bring excitement to the eastern end of Coast Village Road,” Murphy said. “Not only did we find a qualified tenant, but we are excited that they will be providing several different offerings to serve both the local community and hotel guests.”
Scratch Bar & Kitchen is the creation of executive chef Phillip Frankland Lee and pastry chef Margarita Kallas-Lee, both of whom have garnered awards and appeared on cooking shows such as Top Chef. Their plans for the Montecito Inn space are still under development, but they are planning to have more than one concept within the space, in order to offer both their popular Scratch bar dinner experience while still providing more casual restaurant service for hotel guests and locals seeking breakfast, lunch or dinner. As the name suggests, everything in the kitchen is prepared from scratch.
The Lees are hoping to open the new restaurant in the summer of 2017.