Monthly Archives: August 2017

BREWHOUSE REOPENS

The Brewhouse at 229 West Montecito Street has been closed since late April due to a fire. Reader Steve H. tells me that Brewhouse reopened on Tuesday (soft opening) though the official reopening is still this Friday.

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CODY’S ADDS DINNER DAYS

Reader Mary and others tell me that Cody’s Cafe at 4898 Hollister Avenue in Goleta has a huge sign outside that reads “Open Daily 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.” Previously the sign said they were serving dinner Tuesday – Saturday … Continue reading

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BREWHOUSE REOPENS FRIDAY

The Brewhouse at 229 West Montecito Street has been closed since late April due to a fire. Co-owner Pete Johnson tells me that his restaurant and bar will be reopening this Friday, September 1st. They will have a grand reopening party … Continue reading

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MUNDOS OPENS ON MILPAS

Reader Ted tells me that Mundos at 901 North Milpas Street (the building with a cow on the roof) is now open. The restaurant offers “Latin American soul food” and is open for lunch and dinner.

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GOOD EARTH PIZZA COMING TO ISLA VISTA

David Singh, owner of Mesa Pizza Company at 315 Meigs Road, is opening a pizza parlor at 6576 Trigo Road in Isla Vista (next to 805 Kabob) called “Good Earth Pizza.” I originally wrote about this in 2010 (yes, 7 … Continue reading

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WAKE CUP IN ISLA VISTA

I was in Isla Visa recently and encountered a restaurant that had slipped under my radar. Wake Cup at 901 Embarcadero del Mar apparently opened as a Taiwanese-styled boba tea house in January 2016 then transformed into a Taiwanese restaurant … Continue reading

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THE CANTINA DETHRONED BY DUMPLING KING

In May 2016 readers Christie, Bob & Annie told me that long-time Isla Vista restaurant The Cantina at 966 Embarcadero Del Mar has a sign up for a Public Notice of Application For Ownership Change. It said that it will … Continue reading

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FLIGHTLINE TO REPLACE HIGH SIERRA GRILL

This just in from Warren Butler, partner at High Sierra Grill, 521 Firestone Road in Goleta: Hello John, Just wanted to give you an update on my progress on the High Sierra Grill & Bar. As you noted in January, … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

I just returned from eastern Oregon where I gathered with friends to watch the total eclipse. Here is a photo taken during totality at 10:19 a.m. The bright object in the sky is the eclipsed sun.

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Here is a list of area eateries that have opened in the last year: August 2017: Starbucks, UCen at UCSB; Urkeb, 413 State St. July 2017: Cajun Kitchen, 6025 Calle Real, Goleta; Rincon Brewery, 6583 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Rusty’s … Continue reading

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FINCH & FORK UPDATE

Finch & Fork and Kimpton Canary has named Patrick Bryant as the new Director of Food and Beverage. In his role, Bryant will oversee all food and beverage operations for Canary’s 97 rooms, over 7,300 sq. ft. of meeting and … Continue reading

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DINNER DROPPED

Reader Doug E. tells me that Scarlett Begonia at 11 West Victoria Street has dropped their dinner hours, according to their website scarlettbegonia.net. They continue to offer breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 770-2143

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BREAKFAST DELIVERY

Restaurant Connection will begin offering breakfast for delivery starting Monday August 21. For years they have only delivered for lunch and dinner but now are starting to also deliver for breakfast. Breakfast delivery menus can be seen on their website … Continue reading

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BARBARIANS CLOSES

Readers Jebediah, Primetime and Wade tell me that a local eatery closed and that another will takes its place. Here are the details from Wade: “John, while walking my dog this morning up and down State Street I noticed that … Continue reading

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SANDBAR TO REBUILD

Rebuilding is planned after an early morning August 16th fire damaged Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar at 514 State Street.  Smoke was seen coming from the roof near the back of Sandbar from a fire that started in a … Continue reading

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SANTO MEZCAL ADDS HAPPY HOUR

Santo Mezcal at 119 State Street (adjacent to the Hotel Indigo) is raising the bar, and launching Happy Hour, from 2-5 p.m., every Monday through Friday. Santo Mezcal is the latest concept from restaurateur Carlos Luna and the team behind … Continue reading

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SORRISO ITALIANO INTRODUCES NEW CONCEPT

This just in from Sorriso Italiano owner Antonio Gerli at 901 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista: “I’d like to inform you that we remodeled the interior of our restaurant and we added something new: the possibility to build your … Continue reading

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BACON AND BRINE CLOSES

Reader Christine sent a tip letting me know that the Facebook page for a Solvang eatery has announced its closure. “It is with the heaviest hearts and most disappointments that we are announcing the closure of Bacon & Brine,” says … Continue reading

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DINNER RETURNS TO CODY’S CAFE

Dana Cisneros, assistant to the General Manager at Cody’s Café, informed me that the restaurant is serving dinner once again. An alarm went off in my inbox in June from nearly a dozen readers who were mourning the loss of … Continue reading

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SUMMERLAND RUSTY’S PIZZA UPDATE

Owner Tyler Duncan tells me that he is still working through the permitting process for a Summerland location of Rusty’s Pizza and that construction will start early next year. In 2015 reader Foodie Dan sent a tip letting me know … Continue reading

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FIRST STARBUCKS ON UCSB CAMPUS OPENS

Readers DeeDee and Antonio tell me that the first Starbucks on the UCSB campus has opened at the UCen in the former home of UCSB-owned Nicoletti’s. A year and a half ago, when I announced the pending arrival of Starbucks … Continue reading

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PAPA JOHN’S TO REOPEN

Reader Sande tells me that Papa John’s Pizza at 5756 Calle Real in Goleta, which closed last month, will reopen August 14th under new ownership.

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NAUGHTY OAK OPENS IN SANTA YNEZ

Reader Mary tells me that Naughty Oak Brewing Company Brewery & Taproom at 165 South Broadway Street in Orcutt has opened a second location at 3569 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez.

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PAPA JOHN’S CLOSES

Reader Annie asked me if Papa John’s Pizza at 5756 Calle Real in Goleta is closed for good or just temporarily. I had no idea that anything unusual was going on in that part of town so I phoned them … Continue reading

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REBAR COFFEE CLOSES

Readers Ellen, Harry and Brendan passed the word that Rebar Coffee at 214 State Street has closed. Rebar opened in August 2015.  This address has had numerous businesses come and go in recent years including Entrada Market, American Ale 02, … Continue reading

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SBCC COOKING CLASSES

Reader Angel let me know that Santa Barbara City College School of Extended Learning offers various cooking classes. Many classes are held Saturdays and range from one to three days. SBCC’s fall quarter runs August 21-December 9, with new classes … Continue reading

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URKEB BRINGS THE DÖNER KEBAP DOWNTOWN

Urkeb (Urban Kebap) is the name of a new fast casual restaurant that has opened at 413 State Street (formerly The Mex Authentic) serving Germany’s most popular street food, the DÖNER KEBAP. Urkeb is brought to you by Marco Coccia … Continue reading

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THE CRYSTAL BALL KNOWS ALL

After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the all-knowing crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of food and drink locations appearing in your future: Basil’s Santa Barbara, 608 Anacapa St. (formerly Arch Rock Fish) … Continue reading

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URKEB OPENS

Reader Jennie let me know that the signs are up at Urkeb 413 State Street (formerly the Mex Authentic and Pace) so I stopped by and spoke with the manager who said they opened last Thursday. I am told that … Continue reading

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