Monthly Archives: March 2017

MOOVING IN

This just in from reader Steve H.: “The Old Skool Cafe, a non-profit ‘youth-run, jazz-themed supper club’ run by at-risk youth, is planned to open at 901 Milpas Street (the old McConnell’s building with the cow on top). It will … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

Today I visited my childhood home in Montecito and saw something unusual. My parents usually have a wood chip front yard. This year the rain changed things dramatically and they have been bombarded with poppies. They didn’t plant a single … Continue reading

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LOS ARROYOS COMING TO GOLETA

In January I published a rumor that Los Arroyos was going to take over the space recently vacated by Paloma Restaurant and Tequila Bar at 5764 Calle Real in Goleta. This address was also once the home of Rudy’s and … Continue reading

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SANTO MEZCAL OPENS IN MID-APRIL

Santo Mezcal restaurant is opening mid-April at 119 State Street, the former home of Nuance, Blue Tavern, Anchor Woodfire Kitchen and Subway. Santo Mezcal is the latest concept from Carlos Luna and the team behind the Los Agaves Restaurants. Luna … Continue reading

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GROCERY OUTLET UPDATE

Reader Jim says that signs on the doors of Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, coming to 2840 De la Vina Street (formerly Ralphs), say a free lunch is being offered 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. on opening day April 6th. Reader Steve … Continue reading

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COOKING UP DREAMS

Cooking Up Dreams, a unique fundraising event that features a culinary competition with samplings by local chefs and restaurants, is being held this Friday, March 31 from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. Guests and judges vote on … Continue reading

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NEW FOOD TRUCK

This just in from reader Brendan: “Romanti-Ezer [at 701 Chapala Street] appears to be bucking the trend by opening up a food truck. I walked past the restaurant today and saw a Romanti-Ezer food truck parked in their lot (although … Continue reading

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SANTA BARBARA PUBLIC MARKET UPDATE

Reader Annie tells me that I’a Fish Market and Café in the Santa Barbara Public Market at 38 West Victoria Street closed last week. I tried calling during posted business hours and nobody answered. Annie says that Big Eye Rawbar … Continue reading

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GIMEAL CAFE OPENS IN OLD TOWN GOLETA

Reader Matt let me know that Gimeal Café opened this week at 5892 Hollister Avenue, the former home of The Natural Café. I spoke for owner and chef Hsin Lee, formerly with Takenoya, Ahi Sushi, China Pavilion, and Mandarin Palace. … Continue reading

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NEW HEAD CHEF AT BARBAREÑO

A native Californian, Chef Justin Snyder has returned to his roots by accepting the role of head chef at Barbareño, 205 West Canon Perdido Street.  At the age of 28, Justin has a wide breadth of experience working for some … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO RUMOR ISLAND

Last week I published an unconfirmed rumor from reader Bodie that Islands Restaurant signed a lease at La Cumbre Plaza. Below is an update to that story. As always, this rumor might be completely false or a brilliant forecast of … Continue reading

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TASTE OF SOLVANG

The 25th annual Taste of Solvang is is here, starting today, Wednesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 19. Five new events have been added to the celebration this year. The Taste of Solvang Weekend Passport includes tickets to Sip + … Continue reading

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THE PATIO CAFÉ OPENS

A familiar name is making a return. 3007 De la Vina Street, the one-time home of Mike’s Place and Steve’s Patio Café, which became Terraza Café in 2015, is newly remodeled and under new ownership, and, as of 3 weeks ago, … Continue reading

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIALS

Outpost at the Goodland, 5650 Calle Real in Goleta, will be offering $5 Guinness all night on St. Patrick’s Day, and all weekend-long. Chef Bajal will also be serving Irish-inspired bites to accompany. Hollister Brewing Co. at 6980 Marketplace Drive … Continue reading

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BROPHY BROS. CLOSED FOR REMODEL

This just in from John Bennett, owner of Brophy Bros. 119 Harbor Way: “We are closed until March 20th for floor repairs and minor upgrades. Our Clam Bar and On The Alley are both still open to server our loyal … Continue reading

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NEW TASTING ROOM

Reader Steve H. tells me that August Ridge Vineyards is opening in about a month at 5 East Figueroa Street, in La Arcada Court, the former home of Isabella Gourmet Foods which moved to the Antioch building at 602 Anacapa … Continue reading

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ST. PATRICK’S WEEKEND AT MESA CAFE

Reader Primetime spotted a sign at Mesa Cafe, 1972 Cliff Drive, offering St. Patrick’s Day specials the weekend of March 17-19, including Homemade Irish Lamb Stew $17.95, Corned Beef & Cabbage $17.95, Irish Coffee $6, Green-Mosa $6 and Green Beer … Continue reading

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FOOD TRUCK FIGHT

Local food trucks could soon be a thing of the past if a new zoning ordinance is passed. Reader Primetime says the a battle is underway between food trucks and the Santa Barbara planning commission. A new ordinance will make … Continue reading

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BLAZE PIZZA CELEBRATES PI DAY

Pi Day is celebrated each year on March 14, to commemorate the irrational number of 3.141592653. Blaze Pizza which has South Coast locations at 3925 State Street and 6546 Pardall Road in Isla Vista, will celebrate by offering $3.14 whole … Continue reading

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ISLANDS RESTAURANT COMING TO LA CUMBRE PLAZA?

This just in from reader Bodie: Hi John, I received word today from someone in their corporate office that Islands Restaurant just signed a lease to open up a restaurant in La Cumbre Plaza.  Construction is scheduled to get underway … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT COMING TO MILPAS

Reader Brendan says that an alcohol license application has appeared in the window of the vacant restaurant space at 422 North Milpas Street, formerly occupied by Altamirano’s. The applicants listed are “Orman, Misty Nicole & Ristaino, Brandon” and the business … Continue reading

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TOAST TUESDAYS

The Santa Barbara Wine Collective (131 Anacapa Street) has teamed with Helena Avenue Bakery to offer “Toast” Tuesdays, which starts March 7. Chef Bryan Foehl presents three crostinis prepared on toasted Helena Avenue baguette and topped with fresh, seasonal ingredients. … Continue reading

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BUELLTON UPDATE

Reader Primetime tells me that 3 new restaurants are coming to Highway 246, east of McMurray, in Buellton: The Habit, Chipotle and Panda Express. The new Buellton Habit may still be under the ownership of the Reicherts, who retained ownership … Continue reading

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CADIZ UPDATE

Management at Cadiz at 509 State Street tells me that they are having their floors cleaned so the interior may look a little different if you happen to be walking by.

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‘YOUR CAKE BAKER’ UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

Reader Primetime tells me that Wayne Kjar has sold Your Cake Baker to Karine and Matthieu Hervouet, and that Chooket  is a new name associated with the business, but I think the name Your Cake Baker is still being used. … Continue reading

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FOXTAIL COMING TO COTA

Reader Brendan says that a sign on the door says a place called “Foxtail” will be coming to 14 East Cota Street, the former home of American Ale, Little Cantina, El Taco Tequila Taqueria, and Square One. I first reported … Continue reading

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ANNIVERSARY

Los Arroyos at 14 W. Figueroa Street is celebrating its 18-year anniversary on Saturday March 4th and will have discounts and giveaways all weekend.

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MONTH OF GIVING

Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants (available locally at 1213 State Street, 3325 State Street and 7034 Marketplace Drive, Goleta) has launched their 7th annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign where donations go to Operation Gratitude and City of Hope, which … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year: January 2017: Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, 1031 State St.; American Ale, 14 East Cota St.; OTaco, 6530 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista (now Lao Wang); Paloma Restaurant and … Continue reading

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