Monthly Archives: February 2018

POKECEVICHE OPENS IN PASEO NUEVO

Reader Rich let me know that PokeCeviche has opened in Paseo Nuevo mall, their third location. Last May I reported PokeCeviche was coming to 313 Paseo Nuevo which is the space immediately to the left of former tenant Brookstone. PokeCeviche’s … Continue reading

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EL PASTORCITO UPDATE

Taqueria El Pastorcito at 4427 Hollister Avenue in Goleta updated their hours and are now closing at 5:30 p.m. I am told that they will switch back to usual hours of 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, starting in April.

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TACO TUYO VEGAN TAKE-OUT OPENS ON HALEY

Santa Barbara Independent reporter Molly Forster has announced that Taco Tuyo, a vegan Mexican food takeout restaurant, opened its doors in January at 724 East Haley Street. Forster reports that owner Steven Sysum’s mission is to provide Santa Barbara with … Continue reading

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ROSE CAFÉ CLOSES… THEN REOPENS

In January of last year I reported that the family that owns Rose Cafe at 424 East Haley Street has decided to close the restaurant in 2021 which will be the eatery’s 85th year in business. But as ash fall … Continue reading

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ISLANDS RESTAURANTS OPENS IN LA CUMBRE PLAZA

Known for specialty burgers, fresh cut fries and tropical drinks, Islands Restaurants has brought its surf-inspired atmosphere to Santa Barbara on February 13 at 3825 State Street. This marks the company’s first location in the Central Coast region. Located at … Continue reading

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VALENTINE’S DAY AT PASCUCCI

This just in from Pascucci restaurant at 729 State Street: HI John I hope you’re doing well. As we all know, it’s been a very challenging couple of months for everyone in Santa Barbara, both emotionally and financially. Many people … Continue reading

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VALENTINE’S DAY AT BEAR AND STAR

Here is a press-release from Bear and Star at 2860 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos: Los Olivos’ The Bear and Star, serving “Refined Ranch Cuisine” inspired by the Parker family hospitality at the eponymous Fess Parker Inn, celebrates Valentine’s Day Dinner … Continue reading

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VALENTINE’S DAY AT FINCH & FORK AND OUTPOST

Here is a press-release from Finch & Fork and Outpost: Not sure if you plan on featuring Valentine’s Day happenings, but here are the details for Finch & Fork and Outpost. Swipe Right party at Good Bar If the traditional … Continue reading

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VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE LARK

Here is a press-release from The Lark 131 Anacapa Street: Chef Jason Paluska and the team at The Lark present Valentine’s Day dining with enticing dishes created for the ultimate romantic dining experience. The holiday will be celebrated on Wednesday, … Continue reading

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VALENTINE’S DAY AT LOQUITA

Here is a press-release from Loquita at 202 State Street: Toast to Valentine’s Day with a specialty cocktail created by Bar Manager Gavin Koehn – Hierbas del Amor with Tarragon and Ginger-Infused Gin, Jerez Blanco Vermouth, Lemon, Campari, Rosé and … Continue reading

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FLIGHTLINE PHOTOS

Santa Barbara Airport aviation electronics maintenance guru Tom Smothermon sent me photos of the original Flightline restaurant that was located on the airport property next to where the new Flightline will open later this year in the former home of … Continue reading

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BIBI JI WINE BAR, BOTTLE SHOP AND RESTAURANT OPENS DOWNTOWN

Bibi Ji, a new wine bar, bottle shop and all-day restaurant from Rajat Parr and acclaimed chef Jessi Singh, opened on February 1st at 734 State Street, the former home of Relais de Paris. Singh, who’s been lauded for his … Continue reading

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MONTECITO UPDATE 2/5

It is my understanding that all Montecito restaurants, coffee shops and markets are now open for business, not including those at San Ysidro Ranch and the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore. Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore reopens … Continue reading

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212 HOT POT COMING TO ISLA VISTA

Reader Brendan says the Isla Vista space that formerly housed Kol’s Cafe, and before that, Crushcakes, has a sign indicating “212 Hot Pot” will be moving in. I stopped by the address at 6533 Trigo Road and was told by … Continue reading

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FLIGHTLINE UPDATE

This just in from co-owner Warren Butler: Hello John, Thank you for your support for the hospitality industry during these trying times. I just wanted to give you an update: The transformation is happening.  The High Sierra Grill & Bar … Continue reading

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THE LITTLE DOOR UPDATE

This just in from reader Meg: “I walked by The Little Door (129 E Anapamu Street) last week and learned that they would be reopening in a couple of weeks.”

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EAST BEACH GRILL CLOSES

Growing up in Montecito, one of my favorite hangouts was East Beach, which meant I spent a lot of time at East Beach Grill, the seaside restaurant on the first floor of the Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse. At the end of … Continue reading

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805 KABOB CLOSES

805 Kabob Mediterranean Bakery & Cafe has closed at 6578 Trigo Road in Isla Vista. The business, which opened in March 2016, is being replaced by Mojo Teahouse.

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MONTECITO UPDATE 2/4

Additional food and drink destinations that have reopened in Montecito: Coffee Bean, 1209 Coast Village Rd – open Montecito Wine Bistro, 516 San Ysidro Rd – open Panino,  1024 Coast Village Rd – open Sakana, 1046 Coast Village Rd – … Continue reading

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LOS ARROYOS REOPENS

After closing due to the Montecito mudslides, Los Arroyos has reopened at 1280 Coast Village Road.

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