Monthly Archives: July 2017

OLIVER’S UPDATE

In May 2012 (yes, more than 4 years ago) I wrote that Peabody’s restaurant at 1198 Coast Village Road was closing and would be replaced by vegan restaurant Oliver’s, owned by cellular phone pioneer Craig McCaw. Rumors have been hitting … Continue reading

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PETROS VINEYARD TASTING ROOM

Readers Wade, David, and Bruce tell me that it appears that Petros (Fine Hellenic California Cuisine) is undergoing a transformation into a new concept of a Vineyard Tasting Room at their downtown Santa Barbara location on State Street and Arlington Way.  … Continue reading

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DIM SUM BRUNCH

This just in from owner Ruben Perez at Black Sheep restaurant, 26 East Ortega Street: “Hi everyone, Black sheep restaurant is doing a pop up dim sum brunch on August 6th From 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Make reservations at 805-965-1113”

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TRADER JOE’S OPENS IN FORMER SCOLARI’S

Trader Joe’s has completed the move from their cramped quarters at 29 South Milpas Street to their palatial pad at 222 North Milpas Street, the former home of Fresh Market and Scolari’s. Even though their new 22,000 square foot location … Continue reading

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TRADER JOE’S READY TO MOVE UP MILPAS

Reader Left Coaster tells me that Trader Joe’s is ready to move from their cramped quarters at 29 South Milpas Street to their palatial pad at 222 North Milpas Street, the former home of Fresh Market and Scolari’s: “They move … Continue reading

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SPYGLASS BISTRO COMING TO GOLETA

Reader Cris spotted a large red sign for Spyglass Bistro and Bar on the outside of the new Hilton Garden Inn coming soon to 6878 Hollister Avenue, across from Kmart.

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CRAFT RAMEN BAR COMING TO STATE

Readers Jennie and Annie tell me that Craft Ramen Bar is coming to 436 State Street, the former home of Bucatini which closed last April.

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RINCON BREWERY REPLACES GIOVANNI’S IN ISLA VISTA

Rincon Brewery co-founder Mark Hyatt tells me that his business has opened at 6583 Pardall Road in Isla Vista, the former home of Giovanni’s.

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SUNNY KOREAN RESTAURANT COMING TO STATE

Reader Primetime spotted a sign for Sunny Korean Restaurant at 532 State Street, the former home of Le Petit Bistrot, Verde, and Zia Cafe. It is not open yet but I’ll be sure to let you know when it does. … Continue reading

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TRADER JOE’S MILPAS UPDATE

Readers Bernie and Primetime let me know that the sign is up at 222 Milpas Street, the future home of Trader Joe’s, that will soon bring plentiful parking to the east side. Photo by Primetime

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DOWNEY’S TO CLOSE

Reader Primetime spotted a new sign on the window at Downey’s restaurant, 1305 State Street. It reads: “We believe this may come as a surprise and disappointment to many of our loyal guests but, later this summer, after thirty-five years … Continue reading

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CAJUN KITCHEN OPENS ON CALLE REAL

Cajun Kitchen has opened on 6025 Calle Real near Fairview Avenue, in the former home of Rusty’s Pizza. The restaurant had a soft opening on Monday, July 17th then officially opened the next day. “We wanted to give a different … Continue reading

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VISITORS GUIDE TO MEXICO CITY STREET FOOD

In 2016 the New York Times named Mexico City the world’s number one travel destination. Santa Barbara tamale chef and author, Richard Lambert, says a big part of the city’s attraction is its colorful street food scene, where there are … Continue reading

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WILDWOOD KITCHEN UPDATE

Owner Justin West says that he is expanding the offerings at Wildwood Kitchen, 412 East Haley Street, with a supplementary brand he is calling Wildwood Provisions. Wildwood Provisions is a specialty food company that sells items produced at Wildwood Kitchen … Continue reading

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SHALHOOB PATIO RESTAURANT RETURNS?

In January 2015 I wrote that Shalhoob Meat Company at 220 Gray Avenue had opened their Patio Restaurant at the site of their legendary butcher shop. Then in March 2015 the Patio restaurant closed. Word on the street is that … Continue reading

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RUSTY’S PIZZA OPENS ON HOLLISTER

Rusty’s Pizza on Turnpike has a new name: “Rusty’s Pizza on Hollister.” For about two years Rusty’s Pizza at 149 South Turnpike Road in Goleta had been planning to move from their hole-in-the-wall take-out space to a full-sized restaurant across … Continue reading

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CHOPPA ICE CREAM COMING TO GOLETA

Last week I wrote that reader David sent in a tip about a business with the corporate name of “Snowcave XD Inc.” coming to 7060 Hollister Avenue (Hollister Village Plaza) in Goleta in the former home of Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & … Continue reading

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SNOWCAVE

This just in from reader David: “Hey John, I was walking by the old Zizzos bar/resturant/coffee shop in Hollister Village Plaza in Goleta and noticed a sign in the window. It says it’s leased to Snowcave XD Inc.” I have … Continue reading

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SATELLITE CAFÉ OPENS

Reader Steve H. says that The Satellite Cafe is now open (for about a week now) at the Impact Hub (1117 State Street). I am told that they serve coffee and food but are primarily a wine bar. Speaking of … Continue reading

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DAVE’S DOGS

Reader Foodie Dan says that Dave’s Dogs is opening at the old Rustys Pizza location at 149 South Turnpike Road in Goleta.

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LOWER STATE UPDATE

This just in from reader Brendan: “Yet another reshuffle at the 214 State Street location of Rebar coffee, formerly Union Ale, Yankee Noodle, etc., etc. The front space formerly occupied by Rebar now has a sign saying it is ‘Entrada … Continue reading

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FINNEY’S COMING TO STATE STREET

Reader Gary let me know that Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen at 982 South Westlake Boulevard in Westlake Village is planning to open a location in Santa Barbara. Owner Greg Finefrock tells me that the business plans to open in December … Continue reading

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DINNER RETURNING TO CODY’S

In early June I wrote that Cody’s Cafe at 4898 Hollister Avenue in Goleta has stopped serving dinner. Reader Gillian tells me that Cody’s is now planning to bring back dinner. I called Cody’s and was told that dinner will … Continue reading

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FRENCH FESTIVAL

Celebrate Bastille Day at the 29th Annual French Festival, July 15th & 16th at Oak Park in Santa Barbara. One of Santa Barbara’s favorite festivals celebrates the resilient, rich and entertaining French culture. Get ready to enjoy great food, wine, … Continue reading

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