Monthly Archives: January 2018

YEN CHING CLOSES, TO BECOME NEW CHINESE RESTAURANT

Reader Patrick sent a tip that Yen Ching restaurant at 2840 De la Vina Street closed on January 29th. I stopped by and a representative told me that the business was sold and that in April it will reopen as … Continue reading

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RUMOR MILL

As you probably know, last year Amazon.com bought Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion and quickly slashed prices on many popular items. Word on the street is that the store at 3761 State Street (where, in October 2009, I camped … Continue reading

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CA’ DARIO CUCINA ITALIANA OPENS IN GOLETA

Readers Meredith and Annie passed me some good news from the Goodland.  Ca’ Dario Cucina Italiana has opened at 250 Storke Road in Goleta next to The French Press at the Kmart Shopping Center in the former home of Bicycle … Continue reading

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MONTECITO UPDATE 1/28

I made a round of calls to all Montecito food and drink establishments. If a business is not listed here that means they did not answer the phone and that I don’t know their status. Bella Vista at the Biltmore, … Continue reading

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MONTECITO UPDATE 1/26

I made a round of calls to all Montecito food and drink establishments. If a business is not listed here that means they did not answer the phone and that I don’t know their status. Bella Vista at the Biltmore, … Continue reading

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MONTECITO UPDATE 1/25

Blenders in the Grass, 1046 Coast Village Rd – open Bottle Shop, 1200 Coast Village Rd – open Bree’osh Cafe & Bakery, 1150 Coast Village Rd – opening ~1/31 Cava Restaurant & Bar, 1212 Coast Village Rd – opening 2/1 … Continue reading

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CAVA TO REOPEN FEBRUARY 1ST

This just in from Cava Restaurant & Bar at 1212 Coast Village Road: Cava Restaurant & Bar is happy to announce we will be reopening our doors on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st! Thank you for the outpouring of love and support … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

“Which restaurants serve local lobster? – Julie”

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CRUSHCAKES CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY

This just in from Crushcakes & Cafe at 1315 Anacapa Street: “It has been a very difficult past few weeks for everyone in our community.  We are so grateful that we are here and helping to provide delicious food and … Continue reading

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MONTECITO UPDATE 1/24

Blenders in the Grass, 1046 Coast Village Rd – open Bottle Shop, 1200 Coast Village Rd – open Bree’osh Cafe & Bakery, 1150 Coast Village Rd – opening ~1/31 Lucky’s, 1270 Coast Village Rd – opening ~1/31 Oliver’s, 1198 Coast … Continue reading

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THE NUGGET REOPENS IN SUMMERLAND

This just in from Bob Montgomery, owner of The Nugget restaurant at 2318 Lillie Avenue in Summerland: John, Thought your and our customers should know that we partially opened last Tuesday, January 16 as we couldn’t round up a full  … Continue reading

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MONTECITO UPDATE 1/23

Bottle Shop, 1200 Coast Village Rd – open The Honor Bar, 1255 Coast Village Rd – open The Honor Market, 1255 Coast Village Rd – open Vons, 1040 Coast Village Rd – open

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PATRONIZE YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

Reader SantaBarbarian shares some thoughts: The best way to help –by FAR– is simply patronize your favorite restaurants, especially the local independent ones that don’t have the ability to tap other resources have during these incredibly challenging times. Have your … Continue reading

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THAT’S THE SPIRIT

This just in from reader Tony: “Interesting development. Alcohol license notice at the Metro theaters at the Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta!”

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VEGAN RESTAURANT COMING TO UPPER STATE

Here is a tip from reader Lindsey: “Hi John, I love your blog and have been following it for the past 3 yrs we’ve lived here. There’s a sign out for a ‘Vegan Green’ restaurant at 3613 State Street in … Continue reading

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HARRY’S PLAZA CAFÉ 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Reader Brendan let me know that Harry’s Plaza Café at 3313 State Street is having an eye-popping deal as a 50th anniversary special all through the month of January. Any day Sunday through Thursday, you can get a plate of … Continue reading

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MUNDOS UPDATE

Reader Brendan also says that Mundos (at Canon Perdido and Milpas, the building with the cow), has a sign on the door that says: “Under the tragedy of the Thomas fire in December that caused us a financial set back, … Continue reading

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COAST VILLAGE ROAD REOPENS

With the opening of Coast Village Road for the first time since January 9th, we should see a return of many restaurants and coffee shops. I’ll post names of businesses that have reopened as I hear about them.

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HELPING LOCAL RESTAURANTS

This just in from reader Jessica: Hi John, A couple nonprofits I’m on the board of would love to help local restaurants. I figure you’re the guy to ask: do you know of any local restaurants that have been particularly … Continue reading

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FIRE AT ALPHIE’S

Edhat.com reports that firefighters put out a kitchen fire in Alphie’s Restaurant in Old Town Goleta on January 14th. I’m told that crews arrived to 5725 Hollister Ave at 4:35 p.m. after a report of a commercial building fire and … Continue reading

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MESA BURGER HELPS EVACUEES

Until the end of January, Mesa Burger at 315 Meigs Road is offering free meals to evacuees of the horrific Montecito floods. Mesa Burger had run an earlier promotion where 50% of all proceeds went to Direct Relief. Mesa Burger … Continue reading

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SAN YSIDRO RANCH UPDATE

Last weekend I was at the life celebration of Mel’s Lounge and Pascucci restaurant’s beloved bartender Sunny Quinn who lost her battle with cancer last December. While talking with several of the hundreds of people in attendance I was told … Continue reading

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STELLA MARE’S BISTRO REOPENS THURSDAY JANUARY 25 IN MONTECITO

With the reopening of the 101 freeway and Coast Village Road, Stella Mare’s Bistro at 50 Los Patos Way is one of many restaurants in the Montecito area to try to make a comeback after the devastating floods and debris … Continue reading

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SANTA BARBARA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

After the devastating floods in Montecito, where I was raised, with so much death and wide-spread destruction, I found it difficult to write anything about restaurants. It felt almost disrespectful to “move on” right after an unexpected tragedy that is … Continue reading

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FLOOD UPDATE

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued a closure order on Wednesday for all restaurants, markets, and other food businesses affected by the Boil Water Notice. Following Tuesday’s powerful storm, a boil water advisory was issued for the communities … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING SUNNY

Mel’s Lounge and Pascucci restaurant’s beloved bartender Sunny Quinn lost her battle with cancer. I had the privilege of working side by side with her for several fundraisers during her years at Pascucci. Sunny was a total professional and a … Continue reading

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NECTAR UPDATE

Change is in the works at Nectar, located downtown at 20 East Cota Street. Here is a message to you from owner Brad Sherman: “Nectar Eatery & lounge has temporarily closed its doors to regroup and rebrand. Stay tuned!”

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PASCUCCI GOLETA CLOSES

This just in from owner Laura Knight: “Hi John, I’m saddened to let you know that we have closed our Goleta location, New Years Eve was our last night, just 1 month shy of 2 years. The Goleta market proved … Continue reading

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THE 805 DELI CLOSES FOR REMODEL

Reader David spotted a sign at The 805 Deli at 135 East Carrillo Street: “For all our customers, 805 Deli will be closed for the month of January for remodeling. We will be open February first. Check out our next … Continue reading

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ISLANDS RESTAURANT BRINGING 120 JOBS TO THE SOUTH COAST

Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks, coming in February to La Cumbre Plaza at 3825 State Street (formerly Marmalade Café and Red Robin), has 120 positions to fill in a very short time and are hiring now for all positions. Here … Continue reading

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