Monthly Archives: February 2017

THE LITTLE DOOR OPENS NEAR THE COURTHOUSE

A French Mediterranean Restaurant Bar known as The Little Door has opened across the street from the Santa Barbara County Courthouse at 129 East Anapamu Street, the former home of Piano Riviera Lounge and Elements Restaurant & Bar. The Little … Continue reading

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GOA TACO COMING TO STATE

Goa Taco is coming to 718 State Street, the former home of Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen, Killer B BBQ,  Kozmo’s, California Crisp, and Fat Burger. Owner and Chef Duvaldi Marneweck, a South African native, opened his first location in New … Continue reading

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18EAST POP-UP

This just in from 18East restaurant at 18 E. Cota Street: “18East is proud to present another fabulous POP-Up Friday 02/24 & Saturday 02/25 6-10 pm. Bueno Onda will be featuring Argintinian flavors, empanadas, fresh farm salads  and of course … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

“When will our local Habits start serving the Golden Chicken Sandwich?! (Fresh, filleted chicken breast, hand-breaded with house-made seasoned flour and buttermilk, cooked to a juicy golden brown and topped with creamy, spiced red pepper sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles) … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Here is a list of area eateries that have opened in the last year: February 2017: Lao Wang, 6530 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Tahgonadas, 1014 State St. January 2017: Bar 29, 1134 Chapala St.; HiWi Tropical Fusion, 6555 Pardall Rd., … Continue reading

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THE LITTLE DOOR OPENING THIS WEEK

Reader Rebecca tells me that The Little Door at 129 East Anapamu Street (formerly Piano Riviera Lounge and Elements Restaurant & Bar) is having staff rehearsals over the next few days. It sounds like they might be up to speed … Continue reading

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LAO WANG UPDATE

Lao Wang Asian Street Food restaurant has upgraded and relocated to the heart of Isla Vista on 6530 Pardall Road, the former home of Otaco, Angry Wings, Chino’s Rock & Tacos, Eclectic I.V., China Garden and Kung Pao Kitchen. They … Continue reading

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TANGONADAS OPENS ON STATE

Readers tell me that a new business named Tangonadas has opened at 1014 State Street that serves empanadas and other goodies, along with coffee and tea. This address has not been the home of a restaurant for as long as … Continue reading

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BUTLER JOINS HIGH SIERRA

This just in from Warren Butler, owner of Butler Event Centers: “Hi John, The High Sierra Grill at 521 Firestone Road in Goleta is under new management. I have taken over as of January 1st as the Managing Partner. This … Continue reading

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SAM’S TO U UPDATE

Reader Fay says that paper has been put up in the windows at the former home of Sam’s To U at 5979 Hollister Avenue (at Fairview) in Goleta.

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LAO WANG OPENS ISLA VISTA

Lao Wang Asian Street Food restaurant, that I recently learned had a location in old town Goleta from April-December last year, has opened at 6530 Pardall Road in Isla Vista, the former home of Otaco, Angry Wings, Chino’s Rock & … Continue reading

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CAFFE PRIMO UPDATE

Caffe Primo at 516 State Street closed in January. Reader Barry stopped by recently and encountered new activity and wrote to me about what he saw: Hi John, As my wife and I were walking out of Holdren’s last night (from … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

“What on earth happened to Little Door?  I am dying for their steak au poivre!! Thank you! – Skye”

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PROPERTY FOR SALE

The land that is the home of The Daily Grind’s second location is listed for sale on LoopNet. To be clear, it is not the business that is for sale, but the property itself at 2912 De la Vina Street.

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ISABELLA MOVES

Reader Steve H. tells me that Isabella Gourmet Foods has closed their East Figueroa Street / La Arcada Court location and reopened inside the Honey-B Cafe, upstairs in the Antioch building at 602 Anacapa Street.

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GROCERY OUTLET UPDATE

Reader Steve H. tells me that the Grocery Outlet has made it official that they’re coming to the old Ralph’s location at 2840 De la Vina Street by posting a large sign that reads “Future home of Grocery Outlet bargain … Continue reading

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LEONARDO’S OPENS:

Reader Mary tells me that Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria has opened at 632 Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang at Nielsen’s Plaza.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

“Do you know of a restaurant in Santa Barbara that has a piano?? My son wants to propose to his girlfriend by a song he wrote. – Reader Fawn Ray”

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GIMEAL CAFE COMING TO GOLETA

A prominent restaurant building in Old Town Goleta, known for being the home of The Natural Café, was sold last year. The same family had owned 5892 Hollister Avenue property since the 1930’s. Until recently all that I have been … Continue reading

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ALDO’S REALLY IS GONE

Readers have been telling me that Aldo’s at 1031 State Street is gone, the phone number has been disconnected yet a sign at the restaurant says they are only closed for a remodel. Reader Matthew let me know that CraigsList … Continue reading

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VALENTINES AT KANALOA

Kanaloa’s Seafood is offering a Valentine’s Dinner featuring a fresh Arugula Salad, Lobster Risotto, and Red Velvet Cake, for $34.95. Call 966-5159 or visit kanaloaseafood.com

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718 STATE UPDATE

Readers Annie and Louie let me know that things have changed at 718 State Street, the former home of Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen, Kozmo’s, California Crisp, and Fat Burger. The for-lease sign disappeared last week and the windows are now … Continue reading

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HONOR BAR TO-GO

This just in from reader Annie: “Restaurant Connection (food delivery service) is now delivering from HONOR BAR & HONOR MARKET! I’ve been waiting so long for this “

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

“What was the name of the restaurant in La Cumbre Plaza in about 1975? (The one that was Red Robin and Marmalade Cafe and maybe others) – Winifred”

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“THE KITCHEN” AT FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN BREWING OPENS IN BUELLTON

The long-awaited kitchen has opened at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company in Buellton. Appropriately called “The Kitchen” at FigMtnBrew, the new restaurant offers a full menu featuring gastropub fare such as a Breakfast Burger (bacon and eggs), a fried chicken sandwich, … Continue reading

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HANA KITCHEN COMPLETES MOVE

The popular rice bowl & boba tea restaurant Hana Kitchen has completed their move from 5 West Haley Street (formerly Tacos El Rey, Magic Pita Cafe, and Greek House Café) to a new location just around the corner at 503 … Continue reading

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SOMETHING’S FISHY GETS A NEW NAME

Reader Laura sent me a photo taken of a sign in front of Something’s Fishy at 500 State Street that shows that, after decades in business as Something’s Fishy in Santa Barbara, the popular restaurant has a new name: Hibachi … Continue reading

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CHEFS CYCLE RAMEN POP-UPS

This spring, annual “Chefs Cycle” riders Chef James Siao and Chef Peter Cham of Finch & Fork, will be holding a series of pop-ups all over town to help raise money for No Kid Hungry. First up is Saturday, February … Continue reading

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SY VALLEY UPDATE

Reader SY Foodie says Figueroa Mountain Brewery has moved to its new location in the old Malibu Winery tasting room on Alamo Pintado. I’m also told that on April 1 the new Bear & Star restaurant at Fess Parker’s Wine … Continue reading

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YELLOW BELLY UPDATE

Owners Alex Noormand and Tracy Clark tell me that Yellow Belly at 2611 De la Vina Street now has live music every Saturday night. You can find out who is playing on their website yellowbellytap.com. Yellow Belly is serving bottomless … Continue reading

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