SAGE & ONION TO BECOME WORKER BEE CAFE

Reader Ted spotted a change of ownership sign at 5599 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, the current home of Sage & Onion which continues to be open for business as usual. I called Sage & Onion and was told that the eatery was purchased in April by Worker Bee Cafe which has a location at 973 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria. Worker Bee Cafe will retain a few menu items from Sage & Onion and complete the transformation in a few weeks.

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DRIVE-THRU STARBUCKS UPDATE

Last week I mentioned that a drive-thru Starbucks is coming to Santa Barbara or Goleta and that the location is unknown. Reader Alex says that Starbucks is building its new drive-thru location on the vacant lot at the south-east corner of Turnpike and Calle Real between In-N-Out Burger and IHOP. This information has not been confirmed so it falls squarely under the “rumor” category for now. This is the same location where a sign was posted briefly two years ago that read: “John’s Burger and Mixed Use Development.” If this rumor is true you will someday be able to cruise Turnpike for a Double-Double and Frappuccino without ever leaving your car. Perhaps IHOP will consider adding a drive-thru so we can complete a mobile trifecta with Buttermilk Pancakes.

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CODY’S CAFE DROPS DINNER

Readers tell me that Cody’s Cafe at 4898 Hollister Avenue in Goleta has stopped serving dinner except for parties of 15 or more, and will no longer serve liquor but will still offer beer and wine:

  • Reader Annie 1: “Cody’s cafe selling liquor license “
  • Reader Roger: “Cody’s Cafe at Turnpike & Hollister, which had been open for dinner for many years, is now serving breakfast and lunch only (hours 6 am – 3 pm) effective Monday, June 5. Their web site and Yelp listing has only partially been revised. Rumor is that they have sold their liquor license.”
  • Reader Alisa: “Hi John: after a change of ownership/management about a year ago, Cody’s Cafe at the corner of Turnpike & Hollister has discontinued serving dinner.  What’s the story there?”
  • Reader Annie 2: “I went to Cody’s in Goleta for dinner yesterday, only to find a sign on the door stating that as of Monday (June 5) they close at 3:30pm.  Any idea what’s going on?”
  • Reader Mike: “A sign on the door at Cody’s says that as of June 5, they will no longer be open for dinner.  They will open for parties of 15 or more only for dinner.  New hours are 6-3.”
  • Reader Maureen: “We planned to meet a friend for dinner at Cody’s last night, but there was a sign on the door. New hours are 6:00AM – 3:00PM. They’re only open for dinner for parties of 15 or more. So sad”
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SAMBOS CELEBRATES 60 YEARS IN BUSINESS

This just in from Chad Stevens, owner of Sambos at 216 West Cabrillo Boulevard:

“Hey John, We are going to have a 60 year anniversary party for the week of June 12 to June 17. Sambos will be 60 years old. I plan on rolling back the prices of pancakes to the original prices of the old menu.”

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BUCATINI COMING TO GOLETA?

Reader Primetime heard that Bucatini, which recently closed its long time home at 436 State Street, is in early discussions to possibly open in Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta. Previously I reported that they were looking for a new home on State Street which might still be the case.

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STARBUCKS DRIVE-THRU

Reader Primetime says in the next year a drive-thru Starbucks will be opening somewhere in Santa Barbara or Goleta. Currently the only drive-thru full menu coffee places I know of are Zizzo’s in Goleta and McDonald’s on the Mesa and on Fairview. I believe city ordinances allow new drive-thru places to only open where there is an existing drive-thru business so that limits the possible homes for the new Starbucks.

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GUICHO’S OPENING SOON

Reader Primetime let me know that Guicho’s Eatery, coming to 901 Linden Avenue Carpinteria (formerly The Beach Bowl), looks like it will be opening very soon.

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LOS ARROYOS OPENS IN GOLETA

Readers Scott and Goleta Joe tell me that Los Arroyos Mexican restaurant has opened a new location at 5764 Calle Real in Goleta (formerly Paloma, Rudy’s and Presto Pasta). Los Arroyos also operates local restaurants at 14 West Figueroa Street and 1280 Coast Village Road in Montecito. In addition to lunch and dinner, on Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Los Arroyos will be offering a small breakfast menu including about 16 items for around $7.50-$7.95. Hours are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Call 770-8209 or visit losarroyos.net.

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STACKY’S CLOSES

Reader Ocean let me know that Stacky’s Seaside at 2315 Lillie Avenue in Summerland closed its door permanently a couple of weeks ago. I enjoyed many a great burger at Stacky’s, which will transform into a Rusty’s Pizza during the next year.

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GERMAN RESTAURANT COMING TO STATE

Reader Steve H. tells me that a German sandwich place is coming to 413 State Street, the former home of The Mex Authentic, Pace, Momma Donna’s, Billies, and Lettuce B. Frank.

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THE CRYSTAL BALL KNOWS ALL

After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the all-knowing crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of food and drink locations appearing in your future:

  • Basil’s Santa Barbara, 608 Anacapa St. (formerly Arch Rock Fish)
  • Blue Water Grill, 15 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (formerly Rusty’s Pizza)
  • Cachuma Lake Café, Cachuma Lake marina
  • Cafe Ana, 1201 Anacapa St. (formerly Coffee Cat)
  • Ca’ Dario Trattoria and Pizzeria, 250 Storke Rd., Goleta (formerly Sam’s To Go and Bicycle Bob’s)
  • Cajun Kitchen, 6025 Calle Real, Goleta (formerly Rusty’s Pizza)
  • Chicken in a Barrel BBQ, 310 S. Fairview Ave.
  • Cito Street Café, 305 W. Montecito St.
  • Goa Taco, 718 State St. (formerly Gandolfo’s Deli)
  • Guicho’s Eatery, 901 Linden Ave., Carpinteria (formerly The Beach Bowl)
  • Handlebar Coffee Roasters, 2720 De la Vina St. (formerly Sleep Shoppe)
  • Islands Restaurant, 3825 State St. (formerly Marmalade Café)
  • Kyle’s Kitchen, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • La Entrada de Santa Barbara, 30 State St.
  • La Hacienda, 298 Pine Ave., Goleta (reopening)
  • Luna Grill, 3925 State St. (formerly Carl’s Jr.)
  • Magic Castle, 30 Los Patos Wy. (formerly Café del Sol)
  • Miso Hungry, 134 East Canon Perdido St. (formerly Sojourner)
  • Old Skool Café, 901 Milpas St. (formerly Sublime)
  • Oliver’s, 1198 Coast Village Rd. (formerly Peabody’s)
  • PokeCeviche, 901 Embarcadero del Mar Isla Vista (formerly Jimmy Johns)
  • PokeCeviche, 313 Paseo Nuevo
  • Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro, Carpinteria Ave. at Holly, Carpinteria
  • Rudy’s Express, 138 E. Canon Perdido St. (formerly Julienne)
  • Rusty’s Pizza, 2315 Lillie Ave., Summerland (Stacky’s Seaside)
  • Rusty’s Pizza, 4880 Hollister Ave., Goleta (moving from 149 S. Turnpike Rd.)
  • Sharkey’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • Unnamed German, 413 State St. (formerly The Mex Authentic)
  • Unnamed Taco, 134 East Canon Perdido St. (formerly Sojourner)
  • Unnamed, 422 N. Milpas St. (formerly Altamirano’s)
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SOMERSET OFFERS LUNCH AND BRUNCH

Somerset restaurant at 7 East Anapamu Street, which opened for dinner last December, has expanded the menu to include lunch and brunch. Executive Chef Lauren Herman and Pastry Chef Christina Olufson have created a lunch menu made from local farmer’s market ingredients. For lunch, Vegetarian-friendly dishes like a Coal Roasted Leek Sandwich with burrata, broccolini, and Calabrian chili bagna cauda and the Quinoa Fatoosh Salad join a lineup that includes a BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Salmon Market Lettuce Salad, and a Somerset Burger. For brunch, in addition to the aforementioned, are market driven dishes such as Grilled asparagus, spring vegetables, morels, grits, soft-boiled egg, mascarpone, and sorrel pistou, that are paired with more classic dishes such as Sunny-side eggs, grilled pork belly, broccolini, and romesco potatoes or Buttermilk pancakes, vanilla honey syrup, market fruit and berries.

George Piperis, Bar Director of Somerset, will introduce new spring time cocktails inspired by the changing season which will join current specialty cocktail favorites like Somerset Collins and The Duck Hunter, a duck fat washed bourbon with thyme, gomme, and bitters. As the General Manager and Wine Director at Somerset, Hayden Felice has created a wine list that  “represents great local winemakers and much of what CA has to offer, particularly in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that additionally focuses on small family run domaines from traditional old-word communes that farm either biodynamically, organically, or sustainably.”

Lunch hours are Monday – Sunday 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Brunch hours are Saturday, Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dinner hours are  Monday – Friday from 5:30 p.m., Saturday – Sunday from 5:00 p.m. Call 845-7112 or visit somersetsb.com.

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KINGS WINGS FOOD TRUCK ROLLS IN TO TOWN

Reader Justine let me know that Kings Wings food truck arrived in April and is now serving Santa Barbara and the surrounding area from their base at 2234 De la Vina Street near Pueblo Street. The business describes their service as follows: “Kings Wings is a family-owned and operated restaurant that seeks to provide the local community with fresh, made to order meals. We source ingredients that are non-GMO, local, and organically grown whenever possible. Unlike the major chains, our goal is to offer the best healthy options without having to give up good tasting comfort foods, all while being served in a fun and friendly environment.”

Kings Wings offers classic wings plus boneless/mix-match in 3-piece $7.99, 6-piece $8.49, and 12-piece $13.49, in addition to chicken strips. Flavor options include BBQ, lemon pepper, garlic parmesan, sweet & spicy, mango habanero, buffalo (mild), and buffalo (hot). The wings-only menu offers a variety of quantities, starting with 10-piece $10.99 all the way up to 100-piece $78.99. Kings Wings also sells fries, eggs with corned beef hash, kale salad and a curry burrito. Hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and they are closed on Sunday. Call 456-9336 or visit kingswingstruck.com.

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HAPPY MONTH AT PASCUCCI GOLETA

Pascucci restaurant at Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta is promoting “Happy Month” from now through the month of June, offering happy hour prices all day, all week. Specials include well cocktails $4, well margaritas $5, house Chardonnay and Cabernet $5, domestic bottled beer $3, and import & premium bottled beer $4.

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THE LITTLE DOOR UPDATE

Reader Hefe let me know that The Little Door at 129 E. Anapamu Street has temporarily closed for ADA upgrades. A voice message at the business says they continue to cater private events and can be reached via email at reservations@thelittledoorsb.com.

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THE MEX AUTHENTIC CLOSES

After two years in business The Mex Authentic at 413 State Street has closed their doors. Here is a message to you from the owners:

Just wanted to thank all of our loyal and much appreciated customers! Gabe and I have enjoyed every minute of our two years here The Mex Authentic We truly believe we gave our all and stuck to our high standards of home made authentic recipes from Gabe’s family. Our family suffered a tragic loss of our beloved Mom Angelina H Franco and for that reason we feel we must return to our other restaurant to help and be with our family. If your in the area today stop by and have a beer on us to thank you! Please remember us well Santa Barbara. Muchas Gracias

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year:

  • May 2017: The Mex Authentic, 413 State St.; Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Brew Pub, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • April 2017: Blush Restaurant and Lounge, 630 State St.; Bucatini, 436 State St.; Mama’s Bakery, 5342 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Silvergreens, 791 Chapala St. (now Kyle’s Kitchen)
  • March 2017: 18 East, 18 E. Cota St.; I’a Fish Market and Café, 38 W. Victoria St. (now Big Eye Raw Bar); Kol’s Café, 6533 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista; Santa Ynez Burrito, 956 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista
  • February 2017: American Ale 02, 214 State St.; Terraza Café, 3007 De la Vina St. (now The Patio Café)
  • January 2017: Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, 1031 State St.; American Ale, 14 East Cota St. (now Foxtail Kitchen and Bar); Caffe Primo, 516 State St.; OTaco, 6530 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista (now Lao Wang); Paloma Restaurant and Tequila Bar, 5764 Calle Real, Goleta (soon to be Los Arroyos)
  • December 2016: Hungry Cat, 1134 Chapala St. (now Bar 29)
  • November 2016: Ahi Sushi, 3631 State St. (now Sun Sushi); Globe, 18 E. Cota St.; Julienne, 138 E. Canon Perdido St. (soon to be Rudy’s Express); Mac’s Fish & Chip Shop, 503 State St. (now Hana Kitchen)
  • October 2016: Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen, 718 State St. (soon to be Goa Taco); Montecito Café, 1295 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (soon to be Scratch Bar & Kitchen); Ralphs, 2840 De la Vina St. (now Grocery Outlet Bargain Market)
  • September 2016: Alchemy Spa and Café, 430 Chapala St.; Georgia’s Smokehouse, food truck; Relais de Paris, 734 State St.
  • August 2016: Coffee Cat, 1201 Anacapa St. (soon to be Café Ana); India House, 418 State St.; Petrini’s, 5711 Calle Real, Goleta
  • July 2016: Cielito, 1114 State St. (now Viva Santa Barbara); India Club, 5701 Calle Real, Goleta (now Nikka Ramen); Yankee Noodle, 214 State St.
  • June 2016: Le Petit Bistrot, 532 State St.; Sam’s To U, 5979 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • May 2016: Cafe Int’L, 5664 Calle Real, Goleta (now Meun Fan Thai Café); Subway, 3613 State St. (now Miso Hungry)
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YOGURTLAND 8th ANNIVERSARY

Yogurtland has announced that their downtown Santa Barbara store is celebrating its 8 year anniversary on Wednesday May 24th (actual anniversary 5/7). To celebrate in style Yogurtland is having a fun day with prizes and give aways:

  • With a purchase at Yogurtland that day you can entered to win a flat screen TV. Winner will be announced the next day on Facebook live. Winner does not need to be present.
  • First 8 customers will receive a Yogurtland goody bag with a free cup of frozen yogurt coupon and other items
  • 11am-2pm your first 8 ounces are free
  • All day they’ll have the Yogurtland wheel of fortune with giveaways. Yogurtland Real Rewards member receive an extra spin at the wheel and an extra raffle ticket for the flat screen TV
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NOTHING FOR BREAKFAST

I am currently traveling in northern California with my family and we recently stopped at a Denny’s restaurant for breakfast. When I go to Denny’s I almost always order the same thing: two eggs and hash browns. Unfortunately Denny’s never has had this as a package breakfast option so I order it as a series of side dishes for a total of $7 ($3 for hash browns, $4 for two eggs). As I was ordering, a smart and friendly waiter told me of a secret way to save money on my favorite Denny’s morning meal. Instead of ordering two eggs and hash browns as side dishes the waiter told me to order “biscuits and gravy without the biscuits and gravy.” When I told the waiter that it sounds like I am not ordering anything he replied that the biscuits and gravy comes with two eggs and hash browns and that the whole meal costs just $4. So from now on, whenever I make an early run to Denny’s, I’ll be sure to order nothing for breakfast.

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Here is a list of area eateries that have opened in the last year:

  • May 2017: Bear and Star, 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos; Santo Mezcal, 119 State St.; Sun Sushi, 3631 State St.
  • April 2017: Big Eye Raw Bar, 38 W. Victoria St.; Foxtail Kitchen and Bar, 14 E. Cota St.; Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, 2840 De la Vina St.; Kyle’s Kitchen, 791 Chapala St.; Meun Fan Thai Café, 5664 Calle Real, Goleta
  • March 2017: Gimeal Café, 5892 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Petros Kafe, 487 Atterdag Rd., Solvang
  • February 2017: Lao Wang, 6530 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; The Little Door, 129 E. Anapamu St.; The Patio Café, 3007 De la Vina St.; Tangonadas, 1014 State St.
  • January 2017: Bar 29, 1134 Chapala St.; HiWi Tropical Fusion, 6555 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista
  • December 2016: 18 East, 18 E. Cota St. (now closed); Blaze Pizza, 3925 State St.; Mesa Burger, 315 Meigs Rd.; Somerset,7 E. Anapamu St.
  • November 2016: Nikka Ramen, 5701 Calle Real, Goleta; Red Kettle Coffee, 2275 Ortega Hill Rd., Summerland
  • October 2016: The Honey B, 602 Anacapa St.; Phoevermore, 1017 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria
  • September 2016: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Loquita, 202 State St.; Pickles & Swiss, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta; PokeMee, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • August 2016: Pieology, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Pizza Man Dan’s, 699 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Sprouts Farmers Market, 175 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta; Vons, 2010 Cliff Dr.
  • July 2016: American Ale 02, 214 State St. (now closed); Convivo at Santa Barbara Inn, 901 East Cabrillo Blvd.; Corazón Cocina, 38 W. Victoria St.; Drunken Crab, 416 State St.; Helena Avenue Bakery, 131 Anacapa St.; Nona’s Deli, 415 E. De la Guerra St.; Viva Santa Barbara, 1114 State St.
  • June 2016: Angel Oak at the Bacara Resort, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Dunkin Donuts, 3771 State St.; Rusty’s Pizza, 111 State St.; The Nugget, 5096 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria
  • May 2016: Le Petit Bistrot, 532 State St. (now closed); Little Kitchen, 17 West Ortega St.; Nook, 120 Santa Barbara St.; Phamous Café, 7127 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Smart & Final Extra!, 3943 State St.; Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Brew Pub, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta
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NEW MENU AT PATXI’S

Patxi’s Pizza at 515 State Street has new offerings on their menu:

  • Mixed green salad: mixed greens, carrot sticks, cucumber, red onion, grape tomatoes, shaved parm with choice of dressing;
  • Hummus Platter: house made hummus served with crostini, cucumber, carrots and celery;
  • Wings: baked wings with choice of three different sauces (dry rub, buffalo, sweet chili) served with blue cheese, carrots and celery;
  • Entrée Salads: Cobb Salad: Romaine and mixed greens tossed in blue cheese dressing with bacon, chicken tomatoes, egg, avocado, blue cheese crumbles;
  • Piadine:updated menu item (use to be available for lunch only, now available all day long), deep dough stretch out thin then covered with toppings then stuff with arugula and folded over;
  • Pizzas: updated recipes on a couple of classics the bbq chicken combo and funghi pizza have gotten some recipe updates.
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NEW OWNERSHIP

Reader Steve H. tells me that there is a “Change of Ownership” signs at The Mex Authentic, 413 State Street. I’m not sure if that business is still open. He also says that an “Under New Ownership and Management” is on prominent display at Cantwell’s Market & Deli, 1533 State Street. Speaking of signs, Steve H. also noticed that the marquis at the Arlington Theater has a new message: “Now serving cocktails, beer and wine.”

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HITCHING POST CELEBRATES 65th ANNIVERSARY

The Legacy lives on. The Ostini family and staff will be celebrated their 65th year in business at the original Hitching Post on May 1st. It all started in 1952, when their parents Natalie & Frank Sr. purchased the restaurant with his brothers Vic and Bill. I’m told that, over the past six decades, the Hitching Post has garnered a reputation for excellent food and service, and is known around the world. The original restaurant is located in the tiny community of Casmalia, Calif., about 12 miles southwest of Santa Maria.

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SANTO MEZCAL OPENS ON LOWER STATE

Santo Mezcal is the newest restaurant to open in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, debuting the latest concept from restaurateur Carlos Luna who had always wanted to open an elevated Mexican concept. The Luna family and their team have built a loyal following at their Los Agaves Restaurants on Milpas Street, De la Vina Street, in Camino Real Marketplace and in Westlake Village. Santo Mezcal features contemporary Mexican cuisine, alongside a sleek bar featuring an exotic mixology program where a mezcal and tequila collection take center stage.

At Santo Mezcal, Executive Chef Ricardo Garcia presents a modern contemporary Mexican cuisine, rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions that also celebrate local and seasonal ingredients from the Santa Barbara and surrounding regions. With a focus on seafood, some signature dishes on the menu include Camarones Al Mezcal, Mexican shrimp served in a creamy mezcal sauce; Pulpo a Las Brasas, octopus marinated in a special adobo served with house-infused chile oil; Enchiladas Cabo Azul, stuffed with fresh crab; Tacos Toro, featuring Hungaro peppers stuffed with grilled shrimp and octopus in a chipotle sauce; in addition to a variety of signature ceviches. Several standouts will especially appeal to vegetarians including the Tlacoyo De Huitlacoche Y Hongos; thick corn tortilla with huitlacoche, mushrooms, cheese; and Huarache De Nopal; thick corn tortilla with nopalitos, panela, lechuga, black beans and a salsa verde.

True to its namesake, Santo Mezcal’s bar program will offer a large collection of mezcals and tequilas. Led by mixologist Sean Sepulveda, expect house-made infusions, house made fresh pressed juices from seasonal Farmer’s Market fruit and more on the menu. The beer and wine lists will be predominantly Santa Barbara County, with standouts from across the globe.

Santo Mezcal is located at 119 State Street, the former home of Nuance and Blue Tavern. For reservations call 883-3593 or follow them on Instagram at @santomezcal_sb.

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ZIZZO’S ON HOLLISTER CLOSES

Reader SBMizzou let me know that Zizzo’s in Hollister Village Plaza, which opened at 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta last May, has closed their doors. Here is a message to you from Zizzo’s about the closure:

“Dear Zizzo’s Guests, This past year has been a blast with opening the only brew pub/coffeehouse concept in Goleta. Regretfully, due to under-performing numbers, Zizzo’s Coffeehouse and Brew Pub in Hollister Village Plaza closed its doors Sunday, May 7th. We are immensely grateful to everyone who has supported this new Zizzo’s location. To be clear, our original drive-thru coffeehouse (370 Storke Rd) will continue to be open and happily serving rockin’ Zizzo’s coffee. Our second location inside Ice In Paradise Rink (6895 Santa Felicia Dr), will be open as well. Wednesday Trivia Nights will be moved to the giant patio just outside Zizzo’s caffee (there’s no way we could stop all that fun!). Join us there for beer, pizza, food and best part: prizes throughout the night! – The McDonald’s and Zizzo’s Brew Pub Staff”

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SUN SUSHI OPENS ON UPPER STATE

Reader Susie let me know that Sun Sushi has opened at 3631 State Street, in the former home of Ahi Sushi that closed late last year because the owner moved to Colorado. When I interviewed Sun Sushi co-owner Max Kuo, who used to work at Ichiban on the Mesa, I got the impression that his new restaurant offers serious quality and is run by management and chefs who know what they are doing. I would recommend sushi lovers to give them a try. Sun Sushi has been remodeled and updated since the Ahi Sushi days. They use only fresh fish that is never frozen. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they serve fresh fish that is flown in from Japan as a special item on the menu on those days. Kuo suggest you try their Sushi-6-Steps offerings which is a served on a six wooden steps that form a staircase that emerges from your table, and includes soup and salad. The Salmon 6-Steps ($18.96) include 6 styles of sushi made from 3 types of salmon (Scotty, Atlantic, and Ocean-Trout). The Blue Fin Tuna-6-Steps ($37.95) again offers 6 styles of sushi using exclusively Blue Fin tuna. Call 845-7720.

Diners enjoy the Sushi-6-Steps at the new Sun Sushi.

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SPORTSMAN MOVING?

Many readers emailed me to let me know that a public notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages has appeared at 1226 State Street (next to the Granada), in the spot formerly occupied by Ultimate Bagels, Coffee Bean, and Santa Barbara Sandwich Company. The application was filed by the Sportsman Lounge LLC. Of course there is always a chance that this will be a second location but that seems unlikely because Sportsman Lounge is just a block or so away at 20 West Figueroa Street.

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POKECEVICHE COMING TO PASEO NUEVO

While strolling through Paseo Nuevo recently I noticed a new sign that reads “Fresh Seafood – PokeCeviche Fresh Macros Coming Soon.” The sign was on a window in the space immediately to the left of Brookstone, and a peek inside reveals that the building is mostly empty. Poke and Ceviche seafood dishes originate from different geographical regions, and as such, draw on very different ingredients. Poke hails from Hawaii and has traditionally been largely influenced by Asian flavors and ingredients; ceviche has its roots in Latin America and is often accompanied by tangy citrus, fresh herbs, and pepper. Sounds like this business will be offering the best of both worlds.

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MAMA’S BAKERY CLOSED

Readers Hugh, Karl and Christina let me know that Mama’s Bakery at 5342 Hollister Avenue in Goleta has closed. I’m told that the the space they occupied in the building is now empty. I called and confirmed that the phone number is disconnected.

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KOL’S CLOSES

Kol’s Café at 6533 Trigo Road in Isla Vista has closed. I saw a sign on the door that says the closure is temporary and saw a message on Yelp that says they plan to reopen September 1, 2017. I also noticed that their phone number is disconnected and that their Facebook page is gone, so I’ll let you make the call as to what’s really going on.

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