Reader Annie reveals that Kai Sushi, Sachi Ramen & Robata Bar, and Saigon are all now available for delivery with Restaurant Connection. Visit

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This is a bit out of my usual coverage area but one of Lompoc’s most distinctive restaurant, the Jalama Beach Cafe on Ocean Avenue (noted for its huge “Hi! Let’s Eat” sign out front) has closed. Thanks to reader Bernard for the tip.



Reader Wade was walking his dog near the newly opened side of the Mission Creek Bridge project on Cabrillo Boulevard and noticed work being done on the original Keeper’s Lighthouse building, also the former home of Rusty’s Pizza. He checked the City of Santa Barbara Building Permit status on-line and I am told that it indicates that a new, unknown restaurant is doing work on the first floor along with a addition of a second floor and balcony It is unknown if the property is still held by the family which owns Rusty’s or if a transaction transpired to include new ownership of the building/property.

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Reader Primetime tells me that the Santa Barbara County Parks department is getting set to open a new cafe near the boat marina at Cachuma Lake. The photos sent to me show an interior that is mostly complete. This is an interesting development considering that Cachuma Lake might be in tumbleweed status within a year.

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Reader Paulette sent a tip that a new production brewery and taproom called Draughtsmen Aleworks, announced here in February, has opened at 53 Santa Felicia Drive in north Goleta. Santa Felicia Drive runs behind Best Buy and #53 is at the north end, across Hollister. Here is a press release sent to me by the business:

The Goodlands gains visionary renegades and do gooders who have a passion for good beer. This is a team and beer with a purpose. “We created this endeavor to blend exceptional craft beer with positive social change. And, of course, to have as much fun as we can along the way.” stated Scott Stefan, Draughtsmen’s self-appointed

“Our social mission compels us to use our company in innovative ways to make the world a better place and improve the quality of life starting with our own local community.” Said Stefan. The taproom will have an on-going not-for-profit tap where they will help promote and give back a percent of sales dedicated to do-goodery within the local community. “We seek to partner with organizations doing good work and doing it well. We see these great organizations spending so much time seeking funds and we want to be a consistent fundraising tool for them.” Commented Stefan. Currently, the Draughtsmen are meeting with numerous organizations in the community and creating sustainable programs to give back to the community they live and work in.

With nothing but an idea and the passion to brew great-tasting beer, Stefan met Reno King and Kris Turner collectively well over a decade ago and they grew their dream together, of course, over pints. They put together a first-rate team to grow a business that supports good beer and the local community. “Our team’s goal is to put everything on the line for what we believe in.” Said Reno King, the designated hops wranger. King, a Goleta native, has been brewing since he was 18. He brewed at Santa Barbara County’s award-winning brewery Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company and was the head brewer at Poseidon Brewing Co in Ventura, CA, until leaving to start Draughtsmen.

Draughtsmen, a Central California craft brewery is creating quality classic beers and a handful of euphoric concoctions for the local and regional marketplace. “It is our mission to brew a well rounded selection of beer styles. Our inspirations are drawn from all over the world with an emphasis on our own local beer tastes in California. We’re not afraid to take risks and try new techniques. In fact, we plan to do just that. Ultimately, we’re still looking to attain a balanced flavor profile for each beer that we brew. We hope that our local Goleta community, as well as the surrounding area, will join us at the brewery for a pint.”

The Draughtsmen team have been working nights and weekends for over a year building out their location from an odd group of multiple offices and a machine shop to a large space that is open with the brewery in full view of the taproom. It’s clean in design with an approachable colorful personality, not unlike its founders.

The Draughtsmen are looking forward to sharing a pint on their grand opening day on Saturday, May 14th. There will be food trucks, music and plenty of friends and folly. Up-to-date details about the grand opening will be posted on the website and social media pages.

About Draughtsmen Aleworks

Draughtsmen Aleworks was founded in Goleta CA ‘the Goodlands’ by a team who are passionate about beer and the good people who drink it. Draughtsmen Aleworks is a lifestyle company dedicated to make, distribute and serve the finest quality classic beers and a handful of euphoric concoctions with a commitment to integrating social, economic and environmental factors in their community into a unique business model built around sustainable business practices and philanthropic partnerships. They have the indomitable spirit to brew, a love of the quirky and relaxed side of life and are proud to bring together a community with these core values and continually strive to do the right thing – one beer at a time. Draughtsmen Aleworks is located at 53 Santa Felicia Dr., Goleta, CA. The taproom is open from 2-8pm  Monday-Thursday and 11:30-9 Friday-Sunday. For more information please visit

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Reader Wade informed me that the signs for a new French restaurant named Le Petit Bistrot, coming to 532 State Street, the former home of Verde and Zia Café, have been taken down. I don’t have any confirmation that the plans for the eatery, announced in this column in January, have changed.

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Readers Brendan and Shareena passed the word that the Facebook page for the Santa Barbara Public Market at 38 West Victoria Street includes this announcement: “Coming soon to the Public Market, Corazon Cocina SB! Local Chef Ramon Velazquez will open up his first restaurant, offering his popular tacos, ceviche, and more every day!” I don’t know if this means their plan to open in Montecito, in the old Xanadu Bakery spot, are on hold.



Reader DeeDee alerted me to the fact that writer Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs at the UCSB Daily Nexus has announced that the first Starbucks will open at UCSB, in the UCen this fall, replacing Nicoletti’s, a café that has been on campus for more than 25 years. The Nexus reports that a committee of faculty, staff and students evaluated bids for the location and decided the new Starbucks would be more popular among students. The university will reportedly own and operate the location and employ UCSB students.


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Reader Hugh let me know that a Vietnamese sandwich shop named Phamous Café has opened at 7127 Hollister Avenue Suite 25 in Goleta next to Albertsons, in the space formerly occupied by Quiznos Sub.

Update: other readers tell me that Phamous Cafe has not opened and is still under construction.




Reader Fay says Noodle City at 5869 Hollister Avenue has a hand-written sign in the window saying that they will be closed for two weeks.




Word on the street is that the new Mesa Burger coming to 315 Meigs Road, the former home of recently-closed Mexican Fresh Taqueria, is being brought to you in part by celebrity chef, and local Mesa resident, Cat Cora.




Readers Brendan and Steve H. spotted a “coming soon” sign for Handlebar Coffee at 2720 De la Vina Street, the former home of Sleep Shoppe. I’m told that the building is being extensively renovated. Handlebar Coffee opened their first South Coast location at 128 East Canon Perdido Street in November 2011.

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

  • April 2016: Jimmy John’s, 909 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista; Seagrass, 30 E. Ortega St. (now Oveja Blanca); Taqueria El Pastorcito, 2009 De la Vina St.
  • March 2016: Book Ends Café, 602 Anacapa St.; Café 154, 4151 Foothill Rd.; Mexican Fresh Taqueria, 315 Meigs Rd.
  • February 2016: Boondocks, 4444 Hollister Ave., Noleta; La Hacienda, 298 Pine Ave., Goleta; Tamales-To-Go, 20 East Cota St.
  • January 2016: 416 State, 416 State St.; Carl’s Jr, 3925 State St.; Cielo Bar and Grill, 5096 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria; Mattei’s Tavern, 2350 Railway Ave, Los Olivos; Nuance, 119 State St.; Rusty’s Pizza, 6025 Calle Real, Goleta (moved to 5934 Calle Real, Goleta); Tacos El Rey, 5 W. Haley St. (now Hana Kitchen); The Fig Grill, 5940 Calle Real, Goleta; Union Ale Brewing Co., 214 State St. (now Yankee Noodle)
  • December 2015: Lovin Oven, 6578 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista; Mama Lu, 415 N. Milpas St. (now Stone Age Restaurant); Marmalade Café, 3825 State St.; Taco Bell, 3771 State St.
  • November 2015: Beach Bowls, 901 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Bistro 1111, 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (now Marbella); Boochies, 113 W. De la Guerra St. (now Green Table); El Torito, 29 E. Cabrillo Blvd.; Haggen, 163 S. Turnpike Rd., Goleta (now Vons); Haggen, 165 N. Fairview Ave. Goleta; Haggen, 2010 Cliff Dr.; Haggen, 3943 State St.; Haggen, 850 Linden Ave., Carpinteria (now Smart & Final Extra!); Kogilicious, 956 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista (now Santa Ynez Burrito)
  • October 2015: Blue Agave, 20 E. Cota St. (now Nectar); Crazy Good Bread, 4191 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria; Culture Counter, 38 W. Victoria St.; Fresh & Easy Market, 336 N. Milpas St.; iGrill Korean BBQ, 3132 State St. (now Kimchi)
  • September 2015: Arch Rock Fish, 608 Anacapa St; Crazy Good Bread, 38 W. Victoria St.; Las Brasas Mexican Grill, 5915B Calle Real, Goleta (now China King); Muddy Waters Coffee House, 508 E. Haley St. (now Nimita’s Cuisine); Sojourner Café, 134 E. Canon Perdido St.; Wings Restaurant, 4427 Hollister Ave., Noleta (now Taqueria El Pastorcito)
  • August 2015: Sublime, 901 N. Milpas St.; Crushcakes & Café, 1150 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (now Bree’osh Cafe & Bakery); Crushcakes & Café, 6533 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista (now Kol’s Café); Simply Pies, 5392 Hollister Ave., Goleta (now Crushcakes)
  • July 2015: Barbecue Company, 3807 Santa Claus Ln., Carpinteria (now Borrello’s Pizza); Boca del Rio, 318 N. Milpas St. (now Los Altos); Fresco Cafe North, 5940 Calle Real, Goleta; Panera Bread, 700 State St.; Taqueria Buen Gusto, 4835 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria.
  • June 2015: Albertsons, 2010 Cliff Dr.; Albertsons, 3943 State St.; Cajun Kitchen, 865 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Juice Well, 38 W. Victoria St.; Pasta Shoppe, 38 W. Victoria St.; Santa Monica Seafood, 38 W. Victoria St. (now I’a Fish); Tony’s, 699 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Vons, 163 S. Turnpike Rd., Goleta (reopened March 2016); Vons, 850 Linden Ave., Carpinteria (now Smart & Final Extra!).
  • May 2015: Arlington Tavern, 21 W. Victoria St. (now The Nugget); Esau’s Cafe, 721 Chapala St. (now Sachi Ramen); Killer B’s BBQ and Bar, 731 De la Guerra Plaza; Nardonnes La Famiglia Pizzeria, 17 W. Ortega St.; Roll a Lot, 7127 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Yo a Lot, 7127 Hollister Ave., Goleta.
  • April 2015: Arts & Letters Café, 7 E. Anapamu St.; Vons, 165 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta.


Ike’s Love & Sandwiches at 6530 Seville had its soft opening last weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Long lines of customers, most of whom met Ike himself, ordered fried chicken sandwiches, vegan sandwiches, roast beef and turkey sandwiches, 1,200+ in all. I stopped by to say hi to owner Ike Shehadeh Mission, who was in town for the grand opening, and he told me that the Isla Visa deli is his 25th location. “Ike’s is the kind of place where if you’re vegan, or your significant other eats meat, or they’re gluten free, everybody can go to the same spot together and not feel like they’ve compromised,” said Ike. He tells me that the Thunderdome fried chicken sandwich, unique to the Isla Vista store, has been the most popular so far. Historically the Ménage à trois and Matt Cain sandwiches are really big sellers. Ike wasn’t kidding. I tried the Ménage à trois sandwich, which was invented by staff members, and it is now officially on my top-ten list of favorite sandwiches across the South Coast. It gets its name because this chicken sandwich has three sauces (honey, honey mustard, and bbq) and three cheeses. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or whenever the line ends.

160421-ikes - Copy(L-R) Jessie Trimm (employee/owner), Ike Shehadeh Mission (owner), and Alex Bermudez Jr. (employee/owner) at the new Ike’s in Isla Vista.



In January I reported that Trader Joe’s at 29 South Milpas Street was interested in moving to 222 North Milpas Street, the space once occupied by Fresh Market and Scolari’s. Readers Augie, Ernie, and Warren let me know that a sign has appeared at 222 North Milpas Street that indicates Trader Joe’s is starting renovations. A representative tells me they hope to complete the move by the end of the year or sometime in 2017.



Oveja Blanca Restaurante has opened at 30 East Ortega Street, the former home of recently-closed Seagrass.



Readers Maureen and Annie let me know that Jimmy John’s deli at 909 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista has closed. The sandwich chain opened locally in March 2014.

Jimmy & John, May 2015



This just in from reader Annie:

I work next to Roundin’ Third Sports Bar in Goleta, and I heard the owner Rusty Johnston died, he also owns the Home Plate restaurant that just opened. So sad.

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Apparently the recently opening of Taqueia El Pastorcito at 4427 Hollister Avenue in Noleta was a relocation not an addition:

“So, Taqueria El Pastorcito on De La Vina seems to be no more… stopped last night thinking of some tacos and there were no lights on inside and no signage on the front windows where I thought there had been before. To top it off, a forlorn-looking gentleman was peering in the windows and when I asked, ‘Are they closed down?’ he nodded. When I clarified, “Like out of business?” he said mournfully, ‘I think so.’ Tried calling just now, when they should be open, and phone number is disconnected.”
- Justine

“Taqueia El Pastorcito at De La Vina and Mission appears to have closed.  (All furniture has been cleared out of the space.)  I thought their new location at the State-Hollister junction was going to be in addition to the old one, but apparently not.”
- Brendan



Readers Christine and Annie let me know that Seagrass restaurant at 30 East Ortega Street has closed. The eatery opened in December 2007, replacing Sage & Onion. A new sign on the window indicates that Oveja Blanca Restaurante, offering Latin American cuisine, will open in its place soon. Oveja Blanca means “White Sheep.” The neighboring restaurant at 26 East Ortega Street, run by a Seagrass family member, is named The Black Sheep.

The menu includes Raw or Lightly Touched (Octopus Carpaccio $14, Scallop Crudo $15, White Fish Ceviche $12, Hamachi Tostada $11, Tuna Crudo $15), Small Plates (Boquerones $6, Kale Chicharrom $6, Pickled Wild Mushrooms $10, Bocal Huasteco $5, Shrimp Cocktail $15, Ham & Chocolate Croquettes $8, Melted Petite Basque $17, Deep Fried Frog Leg Tamal $11) and Larger Plates (Rare Seared Yellowtail $24, Cubano $15, Banana Leaf Braised Beef Cheeks $26, Braised Rabbit $21, Cuban Plato Loco $24).

Their web site says positions are available for Hostess/Host, Food Runner, Busser, Server, Dishwasher, Sous Chef, Line Cook & Prep. Oveja Blanca will be open Tuesday-Saturday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and closed on Mondays. Call 963-1012 or visit

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Tony’s in Carpinteria is on its way to becoming Pizza Man Dan’s.

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carlPhoto by reader Cyndie



Reader Primetime tells me that Joe’s Cafe reopens tonight after being closed for a week for plumbing work.

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Reader Jonathan tells me that he was driving down Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria, passing what use to be Cielo at 5096 Carpinteria Avenue and saw posters on the windows for The Nugget. Reader Annie offered the same news. Reader David sent the following photo:

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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:

  • Angel Oak at Bacara Resort, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta (formerly Miro)
  • Blaze Pizza, 3925 State St. (formerly Carl’s Jr.)
  • Cajun Kitchen, 6025 Calle Real, Goleta (formerly Rusty’s Pizza)
  • Cito Street Café, 305 W. Montecito St.
  • Convivo, 901 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (inside Santa Barbara Inn)
  • Corazon Cocina, 1028 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (formerly Xanadu French Bakery)
  • Del Taco, Santa Barbara (2 locations)
  • Dickey’s BBQ Pit, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts, 3771 State St. (formerly Taco Bell) + 1 other location
  • HiWI Tropical Fusion, 6555 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista
  • Ike’s Place, 6530 Seville, Isla Vista.
  • John’s Burger, Turnpike and Calle Real
  • Little Kitchen, 17 W. Ortega St. (formerly Nardonnes)
  • Luna Grill, 3925 State St. (formerly Carl’s Jr.)
  • Mesa Burger, 315 Meigs Rd. (formerly Mexican Fresh Taqueria)
  • Nona’s Italian Deli, 415 E. De la Guerra St. (formerly Italian Grocery)
  • Norton’s Pastrami and Deli, Goleta.
  • Nugget, 5096 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria (formerly Cielo)
  • Oliver’s, 1198 Coast Village Rd. (formerly Peabody’s)
  • Phamous Café, 7127 Hollister Avenue #27, Goleta (formerly Quiznos Sub)
  • Pickles & Swiss, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • Pieology, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • Pizza Man Dan’s, 699 Linden Ave., Carpinteria (formerly Tony’s)
  • Rusty’s Pizza, 111 State St. (moving from 15 E. Cabrillo Blvd.)
  • Rusty’s Pizza, 2315 Lillie Ave., Summerland (Stacky’s Seaside)
  • Rusty’s Pizza, 4880 Hollister Ave., Goleta (moving from 149 S. Turnpike Rd.)
  • Smart & Final, 3943 State St. (formerly Haggen/Albertsons)
  • Sno-Crave Tea House, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • Sprouts Farmers Market, 175 N. Fairview Ave. (formerly Haggen/Vons)
  • Sushi Corner, 6533 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista (inside Kol’s Café)
  • The Drunken Crab, 416 State St. (formerly Killer Shrimp)
  • The Nook, The Funk Zone
  • Third Window Brewery, 412 E. Haley St. (formerly Tileco)
  • Tu Casa, 1114 State St. (currently Cielito)
  • Vons or Albertsons, 2010 Cliff Drive (formerly Haggen/Albertsons)
  • Which Wich, 5 South Coast locations
  • Zizzo’s Coffee, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • Unnamed, 7 E. Anapamu St. (formerly Arts & Letters Café)
  • Unnamed Asian Fusion, 5892 Hollister Ave. (formerly The Natural Café)
  • Unnamed Bakery & Cheese Shop, 131 Anacapa St.
  • Unnamed BBQ, 4444 Hollister Ave., Noleta (formerly Creekside)
  • Unnamed Vietnamese, Casitas Plaza Shopping Center, Carpinteria


Here is a message to you from reader Mike:

“The Goleta design review board is meeting April 12 to discuss kitchen improvements at the former Rusty’s location at 6025 Calle Real/Fairview. Applicant is Cajun Kitchen. The source is a public notice in the Santa Barbara News-Press on April 1.”



This just in from reader James:

“John, as of yesterday, construction started on the former Tony’s across the street from Sly’s on linden avenue. What we’ve heard is that Pizza Man will be the tenant.”



Reader Josh says that Jane has opened in Camino Real Marketplace, between Pascucci and Chili’s:

Hey John-

Long time reader here. Wanted to let you know that Jane opened up in Goleta this morning.  Had lunch there (was just passing by and noticed it was open). They let my boss and I sit on the gorgeous patio with his dog, and the food was very good.




Last week I reported that Happy Harry’s produce in Goleta was being sold to a local gas station owner. I have been since contacted by the wife of one of the owners of Happy Harry’s and was told that the sale did not go through.

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Readers Mary and Annie tell me that the Creekside at 4444 Hollister Avenue in Noleta has been bought by the owner of The Neighborhood Bar and Grill, in Santa Barbara. I am told that Creekside will become a BBQ restaurant. I have not received confirmation of this.