My foodie duties for the year wouldn’t be complete without summarizing activity at food & drink destinations on the South Coast. In 2017 there were 50 openings and 38 closings across the South Coast. The most openings were in September (13) while the most closings were in January (5). September’s 13 openings are the most in a single month since I started tracking restaurant statistics in 2007.
OPENINGS: American (11), Japanese (5), Mediterranean (5), Mexican (5), Chinese (4), Coffee (2), Italian (2), Latin American (2), Pizza (2), Bakery(1), Greek (1), Hot Dog (1), Korean (1), Market (1), Middle Eastern (1), Seafood (1), Spanish (1), Thai (1), Tropical (1), Vegetarian (1) – Bar 29, Basil’s, Bear and Star, Big Eye Raw Bar, Blackbird, Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce, Cajun Kitchen – Calle Real, Craft Raman, Dave’s Dogs, Dumpling King, Foxtail Kitchen and Bar, Gimeal Café, Goat Tree, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Guichos Eatery, Handlebar Coffee – De la Vina, Hilton Garden Inn, HiWi Tropical Fusion, Kyle’s Kitchen – Hollister, Kyle’s Kitchen – Downtown, La Hacienda, Lao Ma Tou, Lao Wang, Los Arroyos – Goleta, Luna Grill, Meun Fan Thai Café – Goleta, Miso Hungry, Mosto Crudo, Mundos, Oat Bakery, Oliver’s, Petros Kafe – Solvang, PokeCeviche, Poki Rito, Rincon Brewery – Isla Vista, Rudy’s – downtown, Rusty’s Pizza – Hollister, Santo Mezcal, Shalhoob Meat Co. Patio, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, Smithy, Starbucks – UCSB, Sun Sushi, Sunny Korean Restaurant, Tangonadas, The Deck, The Little Door, The Patio Café, Urkeb, Worker Bee Café – Goleta
CLOSINGS: American (11), Mexican (6), Pizza (4), Italian (3), Burger (2), Coffee (2), Bakery (1), BBQ (1), Greek (1), Japanese (1), Latin American (1), Market (1), Mediterranean (1), Seafood (1), Southern (1), Steakhouse (1) – American Ale 02, Barbarians Pizza, Blush Restaurant and Lounge, Bucatini, Burger Bus, Caffe Primo, Cantwell’s Summerland Market, Downey’s, Eladio’s, Giovanni’s – Isla Vista, I’a Fish Market and Café, Kol’s Cafe, Mama’s Bakery, Miso Hungry, Nugget – Carpinteria, OTaco, Outback Steakhouse, Oveja Blanca Restaurante, Paloma Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Papa Johns Pizza, Petros – Los Olivos, Rebar Coffee, Rusty’s Pizza – Turnpike, Sage & Onion Cafe, Santa Ynez Burrito – Isla Vista, Silvergreens – Downtown, Somerset, Stacky’s Seaside, Taqueria La Colmena, Terraza Café, The Cantina, The Mex Authentic, Tupelo Junction Cafe, Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Brew Pub in Hollister Village
FLASH IN THE PAN: Every year since I started tracking restaurant statistics in 2007 I gather a list of restaurants that both opened and closed in the same year. For the first time, every restaurant that opened this year stayed open all year! The closest we had to a Flash in the Pan is Somerset restaurant which opened 2 weeks before New Years Day 2017 and closed in October.
FALLEN ICONS: Santa Barbara lost several long-time local restaurants: Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, Bucatini, Downey’s, Eladio’s, Giovanni’s Isla Vista, Outback Steakhouse, Stacky’s Seaside, The Cantina Isla Vista, and Tupelo Junction Café.
TOP TEN FOOD NEWS STORIES: Usually I include a list of the top ten news stories but my stats software stopped tracking blog traffic early in the year and I never noticed. Major fail!