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 location for the neighborhood around this area,” says Jorge Peralta, General Manager for all five Cajun Kitchens (two in Santa Barbara, two in Goleta, and one in Ventura). “There area lots of customers who complained about the long wait at Hollister [by KMart] and we are thinking that with this one just two miles down the road it could help us out and give them another alternative.”
Peralta tells me that they considered taking over the former Denny’s space on Calle Real but settled on the former Rusty’s location, that came with the added bonus of highly visible sign. I’m told that the Cajun Kitchen on Calle Real has a few amenities not available in all other locations. Calle Real has an espresso machine that was only available at the De la Vina restaurant until now. Unique to Calle Real is an automated fresh-squeezed orange juice machine, and beer available on tap. They hope to bring the fresh orange juice option to the other locations. Cajun Kitchen has partnered up with local breweries for their bottle and tap beer options. Goleta brewer Draughtsmen Aleworks is supplying all the tap beer including the Buxom Blond and Mas Macho. They have renewed their local beer list and now offer Captain Fatty’s and M Special, both based in Goleta. Cajun Kitchen Calle Real also has a retail store offering mugs, a Gator Boy shirt and hats.
Hours are 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.