DAWN PATROL OPENS

Readers tell me that Dawn Patrol has opened at 324 State Street the former home of Beachbreak Café. I’m hearing that it’s an order-at-the-counter and grab-a-seat kind of spot now.

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SB WINE FEST COMING JUNE 27

This just in from the Santa Barbara Wine Festival:

Enjoy an afternoon of tasting under the oak trees along Mission Creek as the premier wineries of the Central Coast congregate at the annual Santa Barbara Wine Festival, a major fundraiser for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Held outdoors on the beautiful campus of the Museum at 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road, Santa Barbara on Saturday, June 27 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, guests will sip, swirl and savor a variety of wine from over 50 wineries complemented by tasty hors d’oeuvres and desserts from famed local restaurants, farm-to-table caterers and other top shelf food purveyors.

Participating wineries include: Alexander and Wayne, Alma Rosa Winery, Andrew Murray Vineyards, Arthur Earl, Au Bon Climat, Avelina Wine Company, Babcock Winery and Vineyards, Beckmen Vineyards, Bedford Winery and Vineyards, Black Sheep Finds/Holus Bolus, Blair Fox, Brander Vineyard, Brewer-Clifton, Byron, Cambria, Cargasacchi, Carr Vineyards and Winery, Cebada, CORE, Crawford Family Wines, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Dierberg Estate Vineyard, Epiphany Cellars, Falcone Family Vineyards, Feliz Noche Cellars, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, Fiddlehead Cellars, Flying Goat Cellars, Foxen, Gainey Vineyard, Grassini Family Vineyards and Winery, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Jamie Slone Wines, Kalyra, Ken Brown Wines, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Kita Wines (Chumash Tribe), Koehler Winery, Kunin, Larner Wines and General Store, Margerum Wine Company, Melville, Mosby Winery & Vineyard, Municipal Winemakers, Oreana, Palmina, Qupé, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, Refugio Ranch, Sagebrush Annie’s, Santa Barbara Winery, Silver Wines Star Lane Vineyards, Sunstone Vineyards and Winery,
Tablas Creek Vineyard, Tercero Wines, Toucan Wines, Transcendence Wines, Vogelzang,
Whitcraft Winery, The Winehound, and Zaca Mesa Winery.

“This is a wine-focused festival. However, we have a large array of top-shelf food purveyors, many of whom are especially paired with wineries that complement one another,” said Festival Chair, Meridith Moore. “It is exciting because many of the winemakers and chefs are present and available for the guests to meet and discuss the qualities of their varietals and menu items – just another example of why this has become one of the most beloved wine festivals on the Central Coast and the one to attend.”

Participating food purveyors include: Arch Rock Fish, Barbareno, Benchmark Eatery, Bob’s Well Bread, Brophy Bros., Ca Dario, C’est Cheese, Cinnies, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Country Catering, Coveted Cakery, Finch and Fork, FreezerMonkeys, Funk Zone Patio, Georgia’s Smoke House BBQ, Il Fustino, Jessica Foster Confections, Le Sorelle, Michael’s Catering, Omni Catering, The Outpost at Goodland Hotel, Pacific Pickle Works, Paloma Restaurant, Renaud’s Patisserie, Sama Sama Kitchen, Santa Barbara Tamales To Go, Tartisan, The Shop, The Stonehouse, Truffle Gatteau, Via Maestra 42, and Village Modern Foods.

Among the delectable menu items scheduled to be sampled are: Braised Short Rib Meatballs (Michael’s Catering); Oyster Shooters (Brophy Bros.); Savory Tarts (Tartisan); Homemade Tamales (Santa Barbara Tamales To Go); Sage and Butternut Squash Raviolis (Ca Dario); Organic Popsicles (FreezerMonkeys); Cheese Tastings from around the World (C’est Cheese); Hand-rolled Truffles (Jessica Foster Confections); and Mini Cupcakes (Coveted Cakery); to name a few.

The Santa Barbara Wine Festival is a ticketless event. Guests 21 and older may purchase admission on the Museum’s website (www.sbnature.org). All guests must present a valid identification for admittance. Guests without valid identification will not gain access to the Wine Festival. Admission purchased by Friday, June 26 prior to 5:00 PM is $70 for Museum members and $95 for non-members. If available, admission may also be purchased at the door the day of the Festival for $105. The Santa Barbara Wine Festival also offers a Designated Driver Program, where guests accompanying at least one ticket holder who have agreed to the guidelines of the program are granted complimentary admittance to the Wine Festival. As a Designated Driver, guests will wear a badge to signify “No Alcohol” and will not receive a tasting glass.

Guests in attendance are also invited to participate in the “Every Cork Wins” raffle, where all participants win a prize. For $30 to pull a cork, participants are guaranteed to win a prize worth at least $30, many of which are valued at $100 and above. All proceeds from this event benefit the Museum’s exhibits and education programs.

In efforts to control traffic in and around the Museum on the day of the Wine Festival, the Museum is offering free parking at three designated offsite parking lots and round trip shuttle service to and from the Wine Festival. For those guests who prefer to park in the Museum lot, a limited number of parking passes are available online for $20. We recommend that guests walk, taxi, Uber, or be dropped off as the best ways to get to the Wine Festival.

The Santa Barbara Wine Festival is sponsored by The Berry Man, Inc., Classic Party Rentals, Mission Wealth Management, Riviera Insurance Services, Real Water, and OnQ Financial. For more information and to purchase admission for the Santa Barbara Wine Festival, please visit www.sbnature.org/winefestival.

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SACHI RAMEN TO OPEN DOWNTOWN

Reader Steve tells me that there is a sign at 721 Chapala Street, the former home of Esau’s Café, indicating that the next tenant will be Sachi Ramen and Robata Bar.

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KANALOA SEAFOOD COMING TO CHAPALA

Reader Steve also tells me that there is a coming-soon sign for Kanaloa Seafood 715 Chapala Street.

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Here is a list of local restaurants that have closed in the last year:

  • June 2015: Cajun Kitchen, 865 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Santa Monica Seafood, 38 W. Victoria St. (now I’a Fish); Tony’s, 699 Linden Ave., Carpinteria
  • May 2015: Esau’s Cafe, 721 Chapala St.; Killer B’s BBQ and Bar, 731 De la Guerra Plaza; Nardonnes La Famiglia Pizzeria, 17 W. Ortega St.
  • April 2015: Arts & Letters Café, 7 E. Anapamu St.
  • March 2015: Beachbreak Cafe, 324 State St.; Denny’s, 5677 Calle Real, Goleta; Hennings Cake Boutique, 28 W. Figueroa St. (now Sushi Café); Los Tarascos, 5915B Calle Real, Goleta (now Las Brasas Mexican Grill); Steve’s Patio Cafe, 3007 De la Vina St. (now Terraza Café)
  • February 2015: Cafe Luna, 2354 Lillie Ave., Summerland; Las Aves Cafe, 2220 Bath St. (now Live Oak Café)
  • January 2015: Cabo’s Baja Grill & Cantina, 5096 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria (now Cielo Bar and Grill); Domino’s, UCSB Ucen (now Santorini Island Grill); Rincon Bohemio, 298 Pine Ave, Goleta (now La Hacienda); Gina’s Pizza, 7038 Marketplace Dr., Goleta; Relais de Paris, 734 State St.; Xanadu French Bakery, 1028 Coast Village Rd., Montecito.
  • December 2014: Bay Roadhouse Bar & Grill, 202 State St.; Blue Tavern, 119 State St. (now Nuance); Coffee Bean SBA, 500 Fowler Rd., Goleta (now La Mission Cafe); Killer Shrimp, 416 State St.; Miro at the Bacara Resort, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Pita Pit, 971 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista.
  • November 2014: Adama, 428 Chapala St. (now Yume Sushi); Angry Wings, 6530 Pardall Rd, Isla Vista (now OTaco); Firehouse Subs, 6530 Seville Rd, Isla Vista (now Spudnuts); Kahuna Grill, 12 De La Guerra Pl. (now PizzaRev); Norton’s Pastrami and Deli, 226 S. Milpas St. (now East Beach Tacos); Pace, 413 State St. (now The Mex Authentic); Tri Tip Company, 214 State St.
  • October 2014: Hot Spots, 36 State St; Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro, 516 State St.; Quizno’s, 7127 Hollister Ave, Goleta.
  • September 2014: Cafe Del Sol, 30 Los Patos Wy., Montecito; New Baja Grill, 7024 Camino Real Marketplace, Goleta (now Los Agaves).
  • August 2014: none.
  • July 2014: none.
  • June 2014: All India Café, 431 State St. (now Himalayan Kitchen); Harold’s Caribbean Kitchen, 731 De la Guerra Plaza; Montecito Confections, 1150 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (now Crushcakes).
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TONY’S CLOSED?

In February I wrote that Hayes Commercial Group had posted a message on the City of Carpinteria web site that Tony’s Restaurant at 699 Linden Avenue is for sale. Readers now tell me that the place is closed and boarded up. I called Tony’s during business hours and nobody answered the phone.

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MAC’S 5th ANNIVERSARY

This just in from Mac’s Fish & Chip Shop, 503 State Street:

Hi John,

2010 was a fantastic year for fans of iPads, Jeggings, inspirational Chilean Miner survival stories and traditional Fish & Chips.  But unlike KFC’s Double Down, Vuvuzelas and the iPhone 4, half a decade later Mac’s Fish & Chip Shop is still very much alive and kicking.  So come help us celebrate our FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY on TUESDAY 23rd JUNE where we’ll be serving FREE CHIPS all day (from 11am to 9pm) with the purchase of any Fish, Savoury Pie, Sausage, Chicken, Sandwich or Haggis item.  There will probably be a few bottle of bubbly knocking about as well, depending on how breakfast goes.  Hope you can join us for some merriment at 503 State St.

Cheers,
Mac

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CARP CAJUN KITCHEN CLOSES

Reader Robert let me know that Cajun Kitchen at 865 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria has closed for good after 16 years in business. A notice about the pending closure was posted on their door in early June.

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CRAZY GOOD BREAD UPDATE

Reader Dad tells me that a listing on the Radius Commercial Real Estate web site says that the space occupied by Crazy Good Bread in the Santa Barbara Public Market is available for lease. I called Crazy Good Bread and they said they are open for business as usual.

The Radius listing reads: “The Crazy Good Bread Company space is located in the Santa Barbara Public Market, part of the new Alma del Pueblo mixed-use development in the heart of downtown. The space has all the fixtures you may need to set up shop, including hood, ovens and sinks. Join a host of other food purveyors located within the Public Market including Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, Green Star Coffee, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery and Santa Monica Seafood. Please do not disturb existing tenant. Call Listing Agent for showing.”

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GANDOLFO’S DELI OPENING DOWNTOWN

In early June I noticed that the for-lease sign had been taken down at 718 State Street, the former home of Killer B’s, Kozmo’s, California Crisp and Fat Burger. There didn’t appear to be any new construction going on. Readers Mike, Brendan and Patrick now tell me that a new sign has appeared with the name of the next tenant: “Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen.”

Owner Dan Pool opened Gandolfo’s first location in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1989. The deli has since expanded to 32 locations in 13 states, primarily in the west. The nearest Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen location is in Oxnard. Visit gandolfosdeli.com.

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LITO’S UPDATE

This just in from reader Jeffrey:

John –

Did Litos [Mexican Restaurant at 514 E. Haley St.] change ownership? The inside has been remodeled, and it now has ‘real’ dishes and eating utensils. Portions are also smaller…carnitas are still great.  I didn’t see the old owners when I lunched today…has it changed ownership?

Jeffrey

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Here is a list of local restaurants that have opened in the last year:

  • June 2015: I’a Fish Market and Café, 38 W. Victoria St.
  • May 2015: Crushcakes & Cafe, 1150 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Jersey Mike’s Subs, 3325 State St.
  • April 2015: Merci To Go, 1024 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Nuance, 119 State St.; OTaco, 6530 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; PizzaRev, 12 W. De La Guerra St.; Sublime, 901 N. Milpas St.; The Mex Authentic, 413 State St.
  • March 2015: 416 State, 416 State St.; East Beach Tacos, 226 S. Milpas St.; Las Brasas Mexican Grill, 5915B Calle Real, Goleta; Live Oak Cafe, 2220 Bath St.; Sushi Cafe, 28 W. Figueroa St.; Terraza Café, 3007 De la Vina St.
  • February 2015: Cielo Bar and Grill, 5096 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria; The Honor Bar, 1255 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Yume Sushi, 428 Chapala St.
  • January 2015: La Hacienda, 298 Pine Ave., Goleta; La Mission Cafe (Airport Downstairs), 500 Fowler Rd.; Lilac Patisserie, 1017 State St.; Santorini Island Grill, UCSB Ucen; Shalhoob Meat Co. Patio, 220 Gray Ave.
  • December 2014: Kyle’s Kitchen, 5723 Calle Real, Goleta; Patxi’s Pizza, 515 State St.; Pizza Hut, 915A Calle Real, Goleta.
  • November 2014: Freeman’s Flying Chicken, 3400 Calle Real (Earl Warren); Tino’s Italian Grocery, 210 West Carrillo St.
  • October 2014: Aladdin Café, 938 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista; Barbareño, 205 W. Canon Perdido St.; Los Agaves, 7024 Market Place Dr., Goleta; Tri Tip Company, 214 State St. (now closed); Yellow Belly, 2611 De La Vina St.
  • September 2014: Café 154, 4151 Foothill Rd.; Taqueria El Pastorcito, 2009 De la Vina St.; The Outpost at The Goodland Hotel, 5650 Calle Real, Goleta.
  • August 2014: Boochies, 113 W. De la Guerra St.; Tacos El Rey, 5 W. Haley St.
  • July 2014: Benchmark Eatery, 1201 State St.; Mesa Verde, 1919 Cliff Dr.; Papa Johns Pizza, 5756 Calle Real, Goleta.
  • June 2014: Himalayan Kitchen, 431 State St.; Spudnuts, 6530 Seville Rd., Isla Vista.
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QUESTION OF THE DAY

PALEOIf you can help reader Matthew please post a comment in the blog.

Greetings, John.

I hope all is well with you.  I have a favor to ask.  My wife and I are trying to be on a strict Paleo food program a la Mikki Reilly’s “Your Primal Body” book, which basically is no grains, nothing made from grain, and nothing that ate grain during its life.  We need to know where we can get grass-fed animal dishes (not grass-fed animals that are fed grain at the end to “finish” them prior to slaughter) and grain free dishes.  Any chance you can give us a Paleo Guide to eating in South Santa Barbara County (Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria)?  We (and several others) would be most grateful.  Thanks.

Best regards,
Matthew

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SUBLIME UPDATE

Reader NC submitted an update about Sublime restaurant, 901 North Milpas Street:

“They’re no longer serving dinner–just open for coffee and lunch for the high school students (menu up outside actually specifies their lunch is ‘student only’). Hope this means they’re rethinking the whole concept and will open in a new and improved form soon!”

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NONA’S UPDATE

Reader Steve sent me an update about Nona’s Deli coming to 415 E. De la Guerra St.:

“Buon giorno John, I meant to tell you that construction has finally commenced at Nona’s Deli, the old Italian Grocery. Nona told me her workmen predicted 3 months.”

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TIMBERS UPDATE

Jeremiah D. Higgins, founding Owner of HJL Restaurant Advisors tells me that The Timbers restaurant at 10 Winchester Canyon Road continues with plans to re-open, with the original opening schedule moved forward a couple of months. The new opening date conflicted with previous contracted hospitality projects for HJL Group and Higgins tells me he has regrettably decided to cease involvement and advisement on The Timbers Restaurant project.

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STARBUCKS UPDATE

Reader Primetime tells me that Starbucks at 1046A Coast Village Road in Montecito will soon offer beer and wine for sale to customers after 4 p.m. The new service is called “Starbucks Evenings.” Primetime says this will be the first Starbucks in the Santa Barbara and Ventura county area to offer Starbucks Evenings.

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SANTA MONICA SEAFOOD BECOMES I’A

This just in from reader Iceman:

“Starting June 8th Santa Monica Seafood stopped operating the fish market and cafe inside the Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 W. Victoria Street. The space is now occupied by a new ownership group which operates under the name I’a Fish Market and Café.”

The new eatery, pronounced “ee-yah,” is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and closes at 8 p.m. on Sunday. The fish case opens daily at 10 a.m.

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CARP CAJUN KITCHEN TO CLOSE

Reader Jim tells me that Cajun Kitchen in Carpinteria is closing for good after 16 years in business. Their last day will be Sunday June 14th. I called Cajun Kitchen and they confirmed the news.

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RUMOR MACHINE

The Restaurant Kid recently turned 8 months old which means he has become mobile. One of the first things he did was find a fascination with the blinking lights on our Internet router that I thought was hidden safely away and promptly brought it down for the count. He located the TV remote control and somehow reprogrammed it via random button pushing. All trash cans and recycle bins in our home are dumped at least a few times a week. Most recently I discovered that he had crashed the Rumor Machine which appeared hopelessly lost until I powered it up and a message popped out that read: “Whole Foods Market has been in negotiations for several months with Sears in La Cumbre Plaza.” As always, this rumor might be completely false or a brilliant forecast of future events. Your call.

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FOR-LEASE SIGN DOWN

Readers have informed me that the for-lease sign has been taken down at 718 State Street, the one-time home of Killer B’s, Kozmo’s, California Crisp and Fat Burger. I left a voice message with SIMA inquiring about this and have not heard anything back yet. There doesn’t appear to be any new construction going on.

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DINE-OUT FOR CADA KIDS

A day-long dine-out event will be held Tuesday, June 30th to support the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) youth programs. Residents are invited dine at their favorite participating restaurant and a percentage of proceeds will go to support CADA Kids.

CADA Kids represent the preventive substance abuse programs of CADA, reaching thousands of young people annually. CADA Kids includes: The Mentor Program; Teen Court at the Daniel Bryant Center; START and CARE – early intervention programs in grade schools; Friday Night Live & Club Live leadership programs; Youth Service Specialists – serving all local public junior high and high schools.

In its inaugural year, over 1,000 patrons visited one of the 21 restaurants signed up and the event raised over $10,000 for CADA Kids programs.

“This show of solidarity by so many restaurant owners and managers speaks volumes for their commitment to helping youth in our community make healthy choices,” says CADA President, Ed Stonefelt. “We are looking forward to another banner year.”

Participating South Coast restaurants include: Arch Rock, The Bistro at Bacara, Black Sheep, Bouchon, Brophy Bros., Bucatini, Cajun Kitchen, Chicken Ranch Goleta, Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, Fresco Cafe, Jill’s Place, Joe’s Cafe, Lucky Penny, Lucky’s Steakhouse, McDonald’s, Mulligans Cafe, Opal Restaurant, Paradise Cafe, Pascucci, Pizza Garden (Lompoc), Rooney’s Irish Pub (Orcutt), Savoy Cafe, Toma Restaurant, Tom’s Burger (Lompoc) and Tre Lune.

To sign up as a participating restaurant visit DineOutForCADAKids.com

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CIELITO TAQUERIA REOPENS

Cielito Taqueria inside Cielito Restaurant at 1114 State Street has reopened. They serve lunch, taqueria style, Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Cielito’s counter-service menu consists of a la carte tacos, burritos, and a daily fresh salad with a full salsa bar. Also available are house margaritas, bottled beer, and agua fresca, among other beverage selections.

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MEAL KIT DELIVERY SERVICE

Terra’s Kitchen at 3007 De la Vina Street, the former home of Steve’s Patio Café, has launched a new meal-kit delivery service that includes ingredients you can cook at home with the provided photo recipe card. Terra’s Kitchen delivers fresh, already cut & prepped produce, organic proteins and sauces to your doorstep as chef-designed “clean” meals. Founded by a team of foodies, farmers, nutritionists and wellness professionals, I am told that Terra’s Kitchen was created to help answer the question so many consumers ask: “How can I eat healthy and delicious food without wasting hours away in the kitchen?” The service includes the “Eco-Cube,” a climate-controlled delivery vessel designed to keep your ingredients fresh for up to 7 days after your delivery date.

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KILLER B’s TO BECOME STATE STREETS BACKYARD

Noozhawk reports that Killer B’s BBQ at 731 De la Guerra Plaza has closed and will reopen this summer under new ownership and sport a new name: State Streets Backyard. The new owner, Gabe Clark, who worked as chef at the restaurant, hopes to open in July. Killer B’s opened in January, 2011.

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OTACO OPENS

OTaco opened in mid-April at 6530 Pardall Road in Isla Vista, the former home of Angry Wings, Chino’s Rock & Tacos, Eclectic I.V., China Garden, and Kung Pao Kitchen. The boxing-themed restaurant has photos of Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali on the wall and includes a punching bag hanging from the ceiling. Instead of chairs the restaurant used small storage lockers for seating. The Korean-Mexican menu consists primarily of pork, beef and veggie tacos. Chicken tacos are not available. Hours are 11 a.m. – midnight. OTaco is run by the same family that operates Hana Kitchen down the street.

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WILDWOOD KITCHEN COMING TO HALEY STREET

James Buckley at the Santa Barbara Sentinel reports that a new 19,900 square-foot food-and-drink hot spot called The Mill is being constructed by owners Darrell and Kirsten Becker at 412 East Haley Street, the former home of Tileco. Justin West, co-owner of Restaurant Julienne at 138 East Canon Perdido Street, plans to open Wildwood Kitchen on the property, offering smoked meats and southern-style American barbecue with a Santa Barbara ranch influence. Indoor and patio seating will be available.

Other future tenants at The Mill include high-end craft beer maker Third Window Brewery, with 18 stainless-steel fermentation tanks and managed by Kristopher Parker, grandson of Fess Parker, and Potek Winery run by David Potter who operates Municipal Winemakers in the Funk Zone.

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WINEMAKER DINNER

Wine + Beer and the Santa Barbara Public Market continue their winemaker dinner series on Saturday, June 6, at 6 p.m. with Gavin Chanin from Lutum Wines, teaming up with Derek Simcik, Executive Chef of Outpost at The Goodland Hotel. Food and wine lovers can enjoy small production Pinots and Chardonnays, paired with a robust menu by Simcik. Cost is $95 per guest. For reservations call 770-7702.

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ZIZZO’S RE-LAUNCH

A lot of new things are happening at Zizzo’s Coffee, 370 Storke Road in Goleta. Here is a message from owners Michael and Sue McDonald about a four-day event starting May 28th:

Zizzo’s Re-Launch May 28th – May 31st

It has been 6 years since we have opened our doors.  Thanks to you, our loyal customers, we have survived through one of the worst economic lows in our nation’s history.  We want to send you a big hearty thank you!

Now we want to celebrate with a grand “Re-Launch” of Zizzo’s Coffee and Craft Beer”.  We have been providing excellent coffee and service to the locals and now we want to extend the service into the “after-hours” time slot.  We have partnered with some outstanding local breweries and wineries to bring our customers nothing but the best.

In addition we have hired Chef Anthony with over 10 years’ experience in the restaurant industry to prepare awesome food items, including artisan flat bread pizza, nachos (available all day), chicken wings, pulled pork sliders, hamburgers, pizza – just to name a few.

We want to step-out and showcase what we can do for HAPPY HOUR.  We are having a 4-day Re-Launch with drink and food specials. Take a look at what we have on the schedule for YOU:

  • Thirsty Thursday – $1.00 off all MOCHAS after 10am, and half-off BEER and WINE all day.
  • Give it back – Frap Friday – Today we dedicate $1.00 for every FRAP we sell to the Rett Syndrome Foundation; a disease that is on the cusp of being cured.  We are sponsoring Sorel in her fight to cure this disease.  Sorel and her family have been loyal customers of Zizzo’s since we opened.  In the evening,  we will be donating $2.00 to the Rett Foundation for each FLAT BREAD PIZZA and BEER combo we sell (we call it our flat-beer special).
  • Tri-Tip Saturday (11-8pm) – we will be offering BBQ TRI-TIP sandwiches.  The highlight of Saturday will be a raffle for an Apple iPad.   To win all you have to do is purchase a CRAFT BEER OR WINE to be entered into the contest (you must absolutely be present to win – drawing takes place at 8pm).
  • Waffle Sunday  To wind down our week, we will be offering specialty WAFFLES, EGG DISHES AND MIMOSAS for Sunday Brunch.

We hope you will come out and join us for our big celebration this week!  See you soon!

Michael and Sue McDonald and the Zizzo’s Crew

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GONE WITH THE WIND

Esau’s Cafe has been a Santa Barbara mainstay for so long that customers once dined at the popular restaurant while Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind were still playing in movie theaters. In August, 2008 the legendary local eatery moved from their longtime State Street home to a spacious spot at 721 Chapala Street.

I am sad to report that word has come to me that Santa Barbara Esau’s closes their doors for good on Monday May 25th at 2 p.m. I wasn’t able to reach downtown Esau’s to ask about this so after dining at Siam Elephant Restaurant in Carpinteria, I walked into Carpinteria Esau’s immediately next door and received confirmation that Monday is the last day for Santa Barbara Esau’s. The cafe has been serving hungry customers since 1939. I was told that Carpinteria Esau’s will remain open for business as usual.

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