Monthly Archives: October 2017

POKECEVICHE OPENS IN ISLA VISTA

Reader Primetime reports that PokeCeviche has opened at 901 Embarcadero del Mar Isla Vista, the former home of Jimmy Johns. Another location is coming soon to Paseo Nuevo, immediately to the left of Brookstone.

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OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE TO CLOSE

I spoke with a representative with Outback Steakhouse at 5690 Calle Real in Goleta who told me their lease is up for renewal next month and that rent was increased so much that they won’t be able to stay. I … Continue reading

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FRANKLAND’S COMING TO COAST VILLAGE ROAD

Reader Primetime sent me a tip that Frankland’s Crab and Company, billed as “a modern American shell shack,” is coming very soon to 1295 Coast Village Road inside the Montecito Inn. I am told that they are ready to open … Continue reading

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KIDS EAT FREE AT WILDWOOD KITCHEN

Barbecue restaurant Wildwood Kitchen at 410 East Haley Street, which offers salads, smoked meats, sandwiches, local wine, draft beer, cocktails and a courtyard patio, has added free food for kids to the menu. One free dine-in kids plate is available … Continue reading

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COPENHAGEN SAUSAGES

Reader Primetime says he heard that Copenhagen Sausage Garden of Solvang is opening a second location in the Funk Zone. Details will be offered as they become available.

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SIGNS OF LIFE

Sandbar restaurant at 514 State Street closed last August after a kitchen fire and now there are signs that a comeback is in the works. A large sign out front indicates that the restaurant is hiring for all positions and … Continue reading

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LAO MA TOU OPENS ON STATE

Chinese restaurant Lao Ma Tou has opened at 511 State Street, the former home of Barbarians Pizza, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and Taiko. Lao Ma Tou specializes in Chongqing hot pots and you cook your meal on the heating pad built … Continue reading

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KYLE’S KITCHEN OPENS IN HOLLISTER VILLAGE PLAZA

Kyle’s Kitchen has opened their third area restaurant at 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta at the east end of Hollister Village Plaza across from Costco. Their first South Coast location opened on Calle Real in December 2014 and a second … Continue reading

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BLUEWATER GRILL NAMES LOCAL EXEC CHEF

Bluewater Grill, coming in January 2018 to 15 East Cabrillo Boulevard (formerly Rusty’s Pizza and Castagnola Lobster House) has named a local executive chef. Chanel Ducharme, former chef de cuisine at the Hungry Cat, has assumed executive chef duties at … Continue reading

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CHEF ANTHONY ENDY JOINS ALISAL

Santa Ynez Valley native Anthony Endy returns home to join the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort team as the new executive chef. Endy brings his extensive list of California eatery experience, ranging from local Central Coast cafes to a regional … Continue reading

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JUICE IT UP! OPENS IN ISLA VISTA

 Juice It Up!, a national raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie chain, has announced that is now open inside HiWi Tropical Fusion at 6555 Pardall Road in Isla Vista. “We’re thrilled to officially open Juice It Up! inside HiWi Tropical … Continue reading

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SOMERSET TO CLOSE, TRY NEW CONCEPT

Readers Daddy, Kay Lee and Chompee McGillicutty let me know that Somerset restaurant at 7 East Anapamu Street, which opened last December, closes October 23rd. Chompee says that owner Steve Hermann — a Montecito-based architectural designer and hotelier who purchased … Continue reading

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LA COLMENA CLOSED?

Multiple readers tell me that La Colmena on Milpas Street is closed, and that it has a notice posted on its door for outstanding rent. The business opened in August 2008.

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POKI RITO OPENS IN ISLA VISTA

Poki Rito restaurant at 848 Foothill Boulevard in San Luis Obispo, near Cal Poly, has opened a second location at 6530 Seville Road in Isla Vista, next to UCSB. Co-owner Pongwarin “Oak” Rujiehan tells me that the SLO location opened … Continue reading

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MOVIE NIGHTS AT BEAR & STAR

Summer is fading, but autumn in Los Olivos is great for outdoor entertainment. The  new Bear and Star restaurant at 2860 Grand Avenue continues their series of special events with Movie Night in conjunction with the Fess Parker Wine Country … Continue reading

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UBEREATS LAUNCHES IN SANTA BARBARA ON WEDNESDAY

You may enjoy using Uber when you need to get somewhere in a hurry but now you may use the company when you just feel like staying at home. UberEATS is Uber’s food delivery platform that makes getting food as … Continue reading

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RENAUD’S AND EMPTY BOWL COMING TO COAST VILLAGE PLAZA

The major renovation of Coast Village Plaza at 1187 Coast Village Rd in Montecito, which has been underway during the past year, is scheduled for completion very soon. Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro and Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar are the … Continue reading

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OAT BAKERY OPENS DOWNTOWN

Reader Steve H. sent me a tip that Oat Bakery has quietly opened at at 5 West Haley Street, the former home of Hana Kitchen, Tacos El Rey, Magic Pita Café, and Greek House Café. “They are currently open to … Continue reading

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HANDLEBAR COFFEE OPENS ON DE LA VINA

In April 2016 I announced that Handlebar Coffee Roasters is opening a second location at 2720 De la Vina St. (formerly Sleep Shoppe). To the delight of many Handlebar finally mde good on their promise and are now open from … Continue reading

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SUNNY KOREAN RESTAURANT OPENS DOWNTOWN

Serial restaurant entrepreneur William Lam is the owner and chef of several restaurants in town including Saigon at Five Points and on State Street (near the Granada), and Sachi Ramen on Chapala Street. You can now add to that list … Continue reading

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OLIVER’S OPENS IN MONTECITO

Some things take time to get just right and that’s why the new plant-based Oliver’s restaurant at 1198 Coast Village Road spent 5 years remodeling the former home of Peabody’s into a sight to behold. Oliver’s is the creation of … Continue reading

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WHITE TO BLACK

Oveja Blanca (“White Sheep”) at 30 East Ortega Street closed last month and neighboring restaurant Black Sheep, which is run by the same family as was Oveja Blanca, has expanded into the space.

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