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 was inspired to open an elevated Mexican concept featuring contemporary Mexican cuisine, alongside a bar where a coveted mezcal and tequila collection take center stage. Leading the culinary side is Executive Chef Ricardo Garcia, who has created a modern menu yet rooted in traditional Mexican flavors and traditions. With a focus on seafood, his cuisine also celebrates local and seasonal ingredients from the Santa Barbara region. Heading up the bar program is locally renowned mixologist, Sean Sepulveda. I’m told that the design and mood at Santo Mezcal reveal a “stylish oasis unlike anywhere else in Santa Barbara.” The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.