Monthly Archives: April 2017

HELENA AVENUE BAKERY CELEBRATES MOTHER’S DAY WITH “BREAKFAST IN BED”

Helena Avenue Bakery as 131 Anacapa Street has announced Mother’s Day “Breakfast in Bed” Kit for pre-order,  designed to give mothers a break on their special day. The Bakery’s Breakfast in Bed Kit includes savory and sweet items – Asparagus, … Continue reading

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KANALOA SEAFOOD’S NEW DINNER

Kanaloa Seafood at 715 Chapala Street has launched their first-ever dinner menu (Tuesday-Saturday from 5-9 p.m.) offering new dishes that showcase fresh, sustainable seafood along with locally sourced produce from local farmers markets. Highlights include Bouillabaisse with mussels, clams, market … Continue reading

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FIRE AT BREWHOUSE

On Wednesday morning April 26, the Santa Barbara City Fire Department put out a fire at The Brewhouse Bistro & Brewery located at 229 W. Montecito Street. Firefighters discovered smoke coming from the roof when they arrived on scene. Firefighters … Continue reading

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ISLANDS RESTAURANT CONFIRMED FOR LA CUMBRE PLAZA

Reader Eric spotted an update to the La Cumbre Plaza web site that shows Islands Restaurant is taking over the space previously occupied by Marmalade Cafe. Reader Eric noted that the names of the business behind Marmalade (inside the mall) … Continue reading

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FOXTAIL KITCHEN AND BAR OPENS ON COTA

Owner Falah Maayah has opened his Mediterranean restaurant Foxtail Kitchen and Bar at 14 East Cota Street, the former home of American Ale. Maayah recommends that you try the Shwarma Sliders (3 Shwarma sliders meat of the day, grilled veggies, … Continue reading

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MEUN FAN THAI CAFE OPENS IN GOLETA

Reader MD tells me that Meun Fan Thai Café has opened at 5664 Calle Real in Goleta, the former home of Cafe International. Meun Fan Thai Café has another location at 1819 Cliff Drive on the Mesa.

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BEAR AND STAR OPENS MAY 1

The Bear and Star restaurant opens May 1 at 2860 Grand Avenue in Los Olivos. The eatery is inside Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in the space previously occupied by Petros, Restaurant Marcella, and Wine Cask. The Bear and Star … Continue reading

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CAFE ANA REPLACING COFFEE CAT

Jean Yamamura at The Santa Barbara Independent reports that husband-and-wife team of Julian Sanders and Katherine Guzman-Sanders plan to open the Cafe Ana at 1201 Anacapa Street, the former home of Coffee Cat. Yamamura says Cafe Ana will arrive in … Continue reading

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LA HACIENDA TO REOPEN IN GOLETA

Reader Kay Lee sent me a photo of a sign announcing that Mexican restaurant La Hacienda will soon be reopening at 298 Pine Avenue in Goleta under new ownership. The eatery closed in February last year. I’ll let you know … Continue reading

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THE HABIT OPENS IN BUELLTON

Reader Mary says that this week’s big event in the Valley is the long awaited opening of The Habit on Route 246 near McMurray Road. The eatery opened today.

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CALLE REAL UPDATE

Reader George asked me why the windows are papered over at 5677 Calle Real in Goleta, the former home of Denny’s. I stopped by and noticed that there is an asbestos removal truck parked outside and that a for-lease sign … Continue reading

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KYLE’S KITCHEN REPLACES SILVERGREENS ON CHAPALA

Reader Cris let me know that Silvergreens at 791 Chapala Street is now Kyle’s Kitchen, which is under the same ownership. The eatery offers burgers, shakes, and salads and is open daily from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Silvergreens opened in … Continue reading

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SAVOY WINES UPDATE

Last week I wrote that Savoy Wines is opening at the old Kernohan’s Toy Store location, 18 West Anapamu Street. I have been forwarded more information about Savoy Wines. I am told that the business will be brought to you … Continue reading

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FOOD TRUCK UPDATE

In early March I wrote a story about how a battle is underway between food trucks and the Santa Barbara planning commission over a new ordinance that affects how food trucks can operate. A representative from the city of Santa … Continue reading

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COOKING UP DREAMS

Over 300 guests, celebrity judges and leading local chefs filled the Grand Ballroom of the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort at the end of last month to vote for their favorite dish and support programs for at-risk youth in Santa Barbara … Continue reading

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LUNA TERRACE OPENS AT BILTMORE

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara announced Luna Terrace this month, the newest addition to recently renovated Ty Lounge. Luna Terrace offers an exclusive and eclectic outdoor event space at the Resort, something the property has been working on … Continue reading

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BIG EYE RAW BAR OPENS

Last month I wrote that I’a Fish Market and Café in the Santa Barbara Public Market at 38 West Victoria Street had closed and will be replaced by Big Eye Raw Bar. Reader Mary tells me that Big Eye Raw … Continue reading

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RUDY’S EXPRESS REPLACING JULIENNE

I am hearing that the space at 138 East  Canon Perdido Street, formerly Julienne, Le Bon Café and Dish, has a sign up saying Rudy’s Express is going in. I don’t know if this Rudy’s is related to the other … Continue reading

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BUCATINI CLOSES, PLANS TO RELOCATE

Bucatini Trattoria-Pizzeria at 436 State Street has closed after 21 years in business. I spoke with one of the partners at Bucatini and was told that their lease is ending and they are using that as an opportunity to move … Continue reading

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GROCERY OUTLET OPENS

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market has opened at 2840 De la Vina Street (formerly Ralphs and Alpha Beta). The official Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and includes a $500 grand prize drawing, a … Continue reading

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SOJOURNER UPDATE

Last August food news junkie and rumormonger Chompee McGillicutty told me that a taco joint and sushi restaurant, perhaps connected to Miso Hungry, will split the old Sojourner spot at 134 East Canon Perdido Street. Reader Steve H. tells me … Continue reading

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CREEKSIDE RESTAURANT & BAR READY TO OPEN

Readers Nick, Tabitha and Mike let me know that in the coming days Creekside Restaurant & Bar will be opening at 4444 Hollister Avenue, the former home of Boondocks and the legendary Creekside Bar. This weekend was the original plan … Continue reading

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BLUSH CLOSES

This was a shocker. Readers Pamela and Annie let me know that Blush Restaurant and Lounge at 630 State Street has closed. The business opened in April 2009, replacing downtown icon Zelo. Word on the street is that many former … Continue reading

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TOY STORY

Reader Steve H. tells me that Savoy Wines is opening at the old Kernohan’s Toy Store location, 18 West Anapamu Street. An ABC permit application is now posted on the front door.

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PETROS LOS OLIVOS MOVES TO SOLVANG

Reader Mary let me know that after 8 years in business Petros restaurant inside Fess Parker Wine Country Inn at 2860 Grand Avenue in Los Olivos closed last January and has now reopened as Petros Kafe at 487 Atterdag Road … Continue reading

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BASIL’S COMING TO ANACAPA

A new restaurant named Basil’s Santa Barbara is coming to 608 Anacapa Street, the former home of Arch Rock Fish and Melting Pot. Basil’s will offer Italian cuisine and it is the sister restaurant of Fabrocini’s Italian Kitchen at 18608 … Continue reading

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