Monthly Archives: September 2017

RUMOR MILL

Word on the street is that the old El Torito at 29 E. Cabrillo Boulevard will reopen next year as two restaurants. One will be run by Carlos Luna, the owner of Los Agaves, and the other will be run … Continue reading

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SANTA BARBARA CIDER COMPANY OPENS IN GOLETA

This just in from owner Benjamin Schroeder: “Wanted to drop a line that Santa Barbara Cider Company has opened in Old Town Goleta. We are open Thursday and Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 3-9 p.m. We hope to … Continue reading

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MOSTO CRUDO COMING TO HALEY

Reader Steve H. says that Mosto Crudo is a wine and raw tapas bar opening soon at 7 West Haley Street, the former home of The Champagne Room. I’m told that they will at first serve only raw, cold tapas, … Continue reading

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MATTEI’S TAVERN TO REOPEN

Mattei’s Tavern Restaurant, built in 1886 as a stage coach stop by Felix Mattei, has been purchased by Brian and Shamra Strange, with the restaurant leased by Chef Maili Halme. Halme hopes to open in December. Halme comes from a … Continue reading

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DAVE’S DOGS OPENS

Reader Paige says that Dave’s Dogs has opened at 149 South Turnpike Road in Goleta, the former home of Rusty’s Pizza which moved across the parking lot to Hollister Avenue.

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BLACKBIRD OPENS IN HOTEL CALIFORNIAN

The long-awaited opening of Hotel Californian, as part of the waterfront “La Entrada” redevelopment project, has arrived and along with its primary restaurant Blackbird. Call 882-0100. The official description of the restaurant is as follows: “Classic meets contemporary at Hotel … Continue reading

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BASIL’S OPENS ON ANACAPA

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

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HAPPY HOUR

Reader Jonathan says that Somerset at 7 East Anapamu Street has a sign outside that says they are offering happy hour from 5- 6 p.m.

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NEW STARBUCKS

Reader Elise tells me that Starbucks will be opening in October inside Ralphs grocery store on Hollister Avenue in Magnolia Plaza.

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CHEF SIAO MANS THE OUTPOST

James Siao, the chef for the last five years at Finch & Fork, 31 West Carrillo Street, will be taking on a dual role as head chef at The Outpost at The Goodland Hotel, 5650 Calle Real in Goleta. Siao … Continue reading

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GOAT TREE OPENS

Readers Steve H. and Peter T. tell me that The Goat Tree, which offers a bakery and meals with a slight Moroccan flavor, has opened inside the Californian Hotel at 120 State Street. The breakfast menu includes juices, smoothies, cereals … Continue reading

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CRAFT RAMEN OPENS DOWNTOWN

The husband-and-wife team of Laxman Perera and Keiko Miyata, who operate many popular local food businesses including Sushi Teri (with three South Coast locations plus Lompoc), Nikka Fish Market & Grill, Nikka Japanese Market, and Nikka Ramen, have launched their … Continue reading

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THE WORKER BEE CAFÉ II OPENS IN GOLETA

The popular Worker Bee Café at 973 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria now has a sister location at 5599 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, the former home of Sage & Onion Café, XO coffee shop and The Deli Planet. Sage & Onion … Continue reading

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TALE O’ THE PUP COMING TO ISLA VISTA

Reader Don let me know that Tale O’ The Pup (apparently a hotdog place) is coming to 956 Embarcadero Del Norte in Isla Vista and will be sharing the space with The Original Grilled Cheese Truck, also opening soon at … Continue reading

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GRILLED CHEESE “TRUCK” COMING TO I.V.

Say thank you to reader Brendan: At the corner of Embarcadero del Norte and Seville in Isla Vista (formerly Kogilicious and briefly Santa Ynez Burrito), a sign is up for “The Original Grilled Cheese Truck“. It appears to be this … Continue reading

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CRUSH COMING TO HALEY

Reader Steve H. says a new sign posted at 432 East Haley Street, next to Ah Organics Juice, says that Crush Tasting Room and Kitchen will be the next tenant.

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BEAUTIFUL BEVERAGE

Reader Steve H. says a new sign for Beautiful Beverage LLC, a beer and wine wholesaler, has been posted on the window at 329 Motor Way which is next to the Santa Barbara Roasting Company.

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IT’S TIME FOR TASTE OF THE TOWN

The 36th Taste of the Town, a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, takes place this Sunday, September 10. Here are the details: WHAT: The 36th Annual Taste of the Town, Santa Barbara’s signature culinary event featuring tastings from the finest … Continue reading

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GUICHO’S EATERY OPENS IN CARPINTERIA

Reader Jonathan C. let me know that Guichos Eatery, offering “Fresh Italian Take-Out” has opened 901 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria, the former home of Beach Bowls. Unlike Santa Barbara where an eatery opens nearly every week, in Carpinteria a restaurant … Continue reading

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RUDY’S RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN

In January 2012 Rudy’s Fresh Mexican Food exited the downtown area when they were replaced by Pickles & Swiss in Paseo Nuevo. Reader Steve H. passed the word to me that Rudy’s has made a triumphant return, this time to … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year: August 2017: Barbarians Pizza, 511 State St.; The Cantina, 966 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista (now Dumpling King); Downey’s, 1305 State St. July 2017: Giovanni’s, 6583 … Continue reading

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POKECEVICHE UPDATE

It was reported recently on a local news site that PokeCeviche had opened in Paseo Nuevo. I stopped by and it appears that they are still in the tear-down phase of removing the previous business so my guess is that … Continue reading

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HANDLEBAR COFFEE OPENS THIS MONTH

In April 2016 I announced that Handlebar Coffee Roasters is opening a second location at 2720 De la Vina St. (formerly Sleep Shoppe). I have had no new news since then. Last week I stopped by their 128 East Canon … Continue reading

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RUMOR MILL

Word on the street is that Jim Mishler, who I am told is the General Manager at Paradise Café, will be opening a restaurant at 1305 State Street, the former home of Downey’s restaurant, which closed recently after 35 years … Continue reading

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SOJOURNER UPDATE

Based on a tip from reader Steve H. I stopped by 134 E. Canon Perdido Street, the former home of Sojourner Café. That space was scheduled to be transformed into a Mexican restaurant and a new location for Miso Hungry. … Continue reading

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CA’ DARIO COMING TO SB PUBLIC MARKET

Reader BBH (an acronym for a nickname that is too vulgar to print here) was recently in the Santa Barbara Public Market at 38 West Victoria Street and saw that the empty space next to Rori’s Ice Cream is boarded … Continue reading

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LUNA GRILL OPENS IN FIVE POINTS SEPTEMBER 8

San Diego-based Luna Grill, with 40 locations offering fast-casual Mediterranean cuisine, opens Friday September 8 at 3925 State Street, next to Blaze Pizza. Both Luna Grill and Blaze Pizza occupy the former home of Carl’s Jr. Luna Grill has a … Continue reading

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