Reader Cris let me know that there is a new sign dated 4/3/15 in front of Petrini’s Italian Restaurant at 5711 Calle Real in Goleta that indicates it is transitioning to new ownership by Goodland Hospitality, Inc.




Several regional Vons and Albertsons will begin transitioning to Haggen Food & Pharmacy. Here is the schedule:

175 N. Fairview Road in Goleta

  • 6:00 pm, Sunday, April 19 – Vons store closes
  • 12:01 am, Monday, April 20 – Haggen takes ownership and begins conversion
  • Tuesday afternoon April 21 – store opens as Haggen

163 S. Turnpike Road in Goleta AND 3943 State Street in Santa Barbara

  • 6:00 pm, Tuesday, June 16 – Goleta Vons and Santa Barbara Albertsons stores close
  • 12:01 am, Wednesday, June 17 – Haggen takes ownership and begins conversion
  • Thursday afternoon June 18 – Both stores open as Haggen

850 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria AND Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara

  • 6:00 pm, Thursday, June 18 – Carpinteria Vons and Santa Barbara Albertsons stores close
  • 12:01 am, Friday, June 19 – Haggen takes ownership and begins conversion
  • Saturday afternoon June 20 – All 3 stores open as Haggen
  • NOTE: The pharmacy at the Carpinteria location will remain open during the conversion starting late morning June 19

On a related note, while at the Vons gas station on Fairview Avenue recently an attendant told me the property might remain a Vons gas though he was not 100% certain. On the other hand, an subscriber reports that the Vons Gas Station off Fairview will close on April 16th. The subscriber spoke to the manager at Vons on Fairview and urged customers to use gas rewards before the 16th.



28 W. Figueroa Street, the former home of Hennings Cake Boutique (where The Restaurant Gal bought our wedding cake in 2012), is now the home of Sushi Café which is brought to you by Sushi Teri owner Laxman Perera. Thanks to reader Mick for the tip.




Last February the owners of Steve’s Patio Café at 3007 De la Vina Street closed the business for a few weeks to renovate the kitchen and work on ADA compliance for the patio. Apparently the name received an overhaul as well because the eatery is now known as Terraza Café. This restaurant is not affiliated with Costa Terraza at the Santa Barbara Airport.

Steve’s fans will be happy to know that the full menu of Steve’s Patio Café is still available for breakfast and lunch. For the first time, however, dinner is now being offered. Mexican cuisine is available nightly from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thanks to readers Jim and Steve for the tips.


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This just in from Camino Real Marketplace:


I can confirm that we have signed a lease for Brophy’s On The Alley. They are taking the old Gina’s Pizza space.

I can also confirm (versus rumor), that Jane‘s at the Marketplace (owners of Montecito cafe and Jane) as well as Pascucci will be tenants.

We are extremely pleased to bring three of the best local restaurants in the community to the Camino Real Marketplace.   Further enhancing the best experience for shopping, movies and dining in Santa Barbara County.

Mark D. Linehan
Wynmark Company



If you offer an Easter meal, or have enjoyed an Easter meal at a local restaurant or hotel, please leave a comment about it here. Many people have asked me for suggestions but I eat mom’s home cooking every Easter so I am not much help.



This just in from reader Diana:

What’s the latest on Cafe Del Sol? My husband drove right by the building and saw construction workers and the For Lease sign was taken down, and the windows were covered with paper, so he couldn’t see inside.

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Reader Foodie Dan sent a tip letting me know that a sign mentioning Rusty’s Pizza has appeared at 2315 Lillie Avenue in Summerland, the current home of Stacky’s Seaside. The very next day reader Meghan passed me this message:

“Stacky’s Seaside in Summerland is in the process of changing ownership to Rusty’s Pizza Parlor. An official sign is posted on the porch and SB News-Press had printed the official public notice, for both the transfer of business and transfer of liquor license. The current owner was working the register today and many regular customers were asking questions and giving him their blessings. My understanding is that he is happily retiring.  He is not sure what Rusty’s will do to Stacky’s once the transfer of ownership is complete.”

I contacted my good friend Tyler Duncan, owner of Rusty’s Pizza, and asked him if what my readers say is true. Duncan responded:

“Your tip is correct! We are very excited about Rusty’s Summerland!”




Reader Brendan shared some words of wisdom:

“Doesn’t look like it’s actually open yet, but a sign for Sushi Café has appeared in the window of the former Henning’s Cake Boutique on the ‘00’ block of West Figueroa Street.”



This just in from reader Tim: “Hi John, I drove by Denny’s in Goleta on Calle Real tonight and it was closed. The Denny’s sign is gone and a for-lease sign is up.” Reader Rex of SB sent me similar information. Goleta Denny’s opened in July 2005. Fortunately you will still be able to get a Grand Slam breakfast on the South Coast by visiting Denny’s at 3614 State Street.

This leads me to ask about one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries: Which came first – freeways or Denny’s? If you know the answer please let me know.



This just in from reader Jen: “Looks like there is construction activity over at Angry Wings in Isla Vista and the chicken mural had been painted over.” Angry Wings at 6530 Pardall Road closed last December and will be replaced by OTaco. During the last decade this address has been the home of Angry Wings (opened 2012), Chino’s Rock & Tacos (opened 2010), Eclectic I.V. (opened 2006), China Garden (opened 2006) and Kung Pao Kitchen (opened 2005).

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Reader Primetime let me know that Viva Oliva is currently moving from Paseo Nuevo mall downtown to 1275 Coast Village Road in Montecito. Viva Oliva was created by Santa Barbara local Andi Newville, and her two daughters Amanda and Ellie to provide over 40 flavors of premium oils, balsamic vinegars and gourmet foods at affordable prices. Visit

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Here is a message from reader Amie:

“Hi John, iGrill Korean BBQ at 3132 State Street has changed hands and is now owned by Sushi Teri (Laxman Perera aka Nikka Marketing). Super excited! Also, Sushi Teri has a brand new location at 213 West Ocean Avenue in Lompoc.”



Santa Barbara Public Market is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a Spring Fling on Saturday, April 4th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and invites the community to a free event to commemorate this exciting milestone with special springtime food samplings, cooking demonstrations, family festivities, and live music. 14 merchants make up the dynamic collective at 38 West Victoria Street.

“The Santa Barbara Public Market is truly a unique experience for everyone,” says Marge Cafarelli, owner of the Santa Barbara Public Market. “It has been fun to watch visitors discover the great synergies that exist across the Market, and shop it each in their own way. We like to think of it as “choose your own adventure” at the Public Market – whatever the experience you’re looking for may be, you’ll find it here!”

Starting at 10 a.m. on April 4, the celebration begins in The Kitchen with a visit from the Easter Bunny, along with egg decorating crafts. The afternoon will offer a springtime culinary festival of food tastings, cooking demos and classes. From 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., a Tasting Passport will be your ticket guide through the market to experience seasonal food tastings at participating market merchants. Get stamped at each merchant, and turn in your completed Passport for a chance to win prizes throughout the day. Festivities continue with Santa Monica Seafood fishmongers in The Kitchen at 2:00 p.m. for a lesson in how to filet a fish, and more. Live music will be available noon to 8 p.m.



When Shalhoob Meat Co. at 220 Gray Avenue in the Funk Zone opened their new Patio cafe late last year they were surprised when the business quickly filled to capacity with customers. Consequently Shalhoob decided to initiate extensive renovations and the Patio café portion of the business will be closed until late May as they go through the permitting process. Shalhoob plans to increase the patio size from 2,500 sqft to 10,000 sqft and offer beer and wine. Here is the official announcement: “We are obtaining permits in connection with improvements to our property and the Patio will be closed temporarily for dining. Our Grand Opening will be just in time forsummer, and when we re-open we will have extended hours and begin serving beer and wine! Shalhoob Catering is still open for deliveries and special events.” Thanks to reader Jonathan for the tip.



The Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center’s annual Chocolate de Vine fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at The Rincon Beach Club, 3805 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, from 5-7:30 p.m. For something extra-special, join the private VIP reception at 4 p.m. to sample distinctive reserve wines and hors d’oeuvres. The benefit will offer chocolate creations from local chocolatiers and pastry chefs. The event will feature a judged competition of chocolate creations including Best Tabletop Presentation, Outstanding Flavor Appeal and the coveted People’s Choice Award. Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door (if available). The $100 VIP ticket also includes admission to the main event. Tickets can be purchased by calling 805-963-6832 or Guests will also have a chance to bid on luxurious getaways andmore, in live and silent auctions.

Desserts are provided by Michele’s Tesora, Renauds, Brasil Arts Café, Conways Confections, Stafford’s Famous Chocolates, Secret Ingredient, and Mama Ganache. Wineries include Imagine Wines, Palmina, Brewer-Clifton, Riverbench, with several more to be added as event gets closer.

The Chocolate de Vine fundraiser benefits Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, founded in 1974 to support survivors of sexual assault. SBRCC offers a 24-hour hotline, crisis and long-term counseling, self-defense programs, and sexual assault prevention education programs. All services are offered, regardless of ability to pay, in English and Spanish. Visit

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Reader Primetime let me know that help for a burned teenager in Santa Barbara was organized recently by Laura Knight of Pascucci restaurant, 729 State Street, in the form of a special food certificate drive. The teen was wounded recently and hospitalized in a fire accident along with other kids. Knight says Pascucci was able help the single mother with her medical expenses in a fundraising partnership with customers. $1000 in certificates were sold last week for $10 each and funds were donated to the family.



If you can help reader Viola please post a comment.

Do you have any suggestions on who could host a corporate event for us.  We plan on having 85-100 people.  I am thanking you in advance for your help.

- Viola



Multiple readers tell me that construction has started at 5934 Calle Real, Goleta (formerly Takenoya Sushi) which will be the future home of Fairview Rusty’s Pizza which is moving from 6025 Calle Real.



Reader Jessica let me know that Summerland Winery experienced a fire and were closed for renovations. I called the winery and was told that the fire happened in early February and that smoke damage has caused the business to close until late April or early May.

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Reader Steve tells me that the family-run business Deux Bakery at 824 Reddick Street is now open to the public. An off-shoot of Scarlett Begonia in Victoria Court, Deux Bakery had been wholesale-only, offering artisan bread, desserts and more. Visit

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Reader Chris tells me that AAA announced their hotel and restaurant ratings for 2015. Bouchon, Harbor View Inn, Simpson House and Fess Parker each received a 4-diamond rating. Four Seasons Biltmore received the top tier 5-diamond rating.



The Restaurant Gal and I attended last week’s Sips & Sweets event as part of the annual Taste of Solvang in the Santa Ynez Valley. Judges awarded Best Dessert–Professional to Carol and Kim Jensen at Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates, 1679 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, for their Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramel. Best Dessert–Amateur was awarded to Celi Ribit for her Choclate Espresso Pot de Crème. The People’s Choice award went to attorney Lana Clark and her grand daughter MacLaine Watson who cooked up some popular English Toffee.


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A new bar/restaurant named 416 State is having a grand opening Friday, March 20th at (you guessed it) 416 State Street, the former long-time home of Sharkeez. Local and partner John Hall tells me that he, along with Kevin Michaels, Paco Buxton and Alfredo Peralta plan to offer street-style taco’s with a flavor reminiscent of Rosie’s Tacos in Cabo San Lucas, in addition to other unique flavored foods cooked up with local fresh greens. 416 State will offer free live music, Rincon Brewery Beers on all taps, Refugio Ranch Winery wines and a full bar. The grand opening will include live music from local bands The Hidden City Band, AFishNSea the Moon, and PLEASURE. Hours are Friday –Saturday 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.



A new restaurant named Dawn Patrol is coming to 324 State Street, the former home of recently-closed Beachbreak Café. A sign on the wall indicates that the eatery will open later this month and will offer breakfast, lunch, coffee, organic juices and a bakery. The cuisine is described as “local, seasonal, fresh.”



150219-hungry-catHungry Cat restaurant at 1134 Chapala Street stopped serving lunch last October, with the intention of opening up again in the spring. After the New Year Hungry Cat hired a new chef de cuisine and sous chef and decided to take it slow and offer dinner-only during January, added brunch in February and restarted lunch last week.

The menu includes snapper ceviche (avocado, fresno chili, late winter citrus, spring garlic, puffed rice, shoyu, lime), market lettuces (avocado, sieved egg, pecorino, shallots, extra virgin olive oil & lemon juice), black garlic caesar (romaine, arugula, radicchio, boquerones, toasted nori, croutons), braised mussels (garlic, shallot, fennel, fregola sarda, vermouth, saffron butter, grilled bread), black cod (farro, baby turnip, sugar snap peas, radish, shiso, miso butter), fish tacos (beer batter, jalapeño tartar, avocado, queso fresco, red onion, cilantro), oyster po’ boy (corn meal crusted oysters, remoulade, shredded radicchio, butter-toasted roll), grilled chicken sandwich (harissa aioli, parsley pistou, goat cheese,  pickled onions), maine lobster roll (fine herbs, butter toasted roll, aioli, french fries) and the pug burger (blue cheese, bacon, avocado).

The new hours are Monday closed, Tuesday – Thursday noon-10 p.m., Friday noon-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. -10 p.m.

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Los Agaves at 2911 De la Vina Street is currently undergoing a remodel and are expanding the front patio that will soon accommodate 40 people. They are also putting in a new parking lot that will be easier to navigate and will include additional spots. The restaurant is still open during construction, and the expanded patio will be finished in approximately 3 weeks. “We’re lucky to live in Santa Barbara where we can enjoy dining outside most days of the year,” says owner Carlos Luna. “I’m excited to offer our customers a more comfortable al fresco experience and easier parking.”



This just in from reader Peter:


I am hoping that you may help me, and perhaps one of your many contacts in the restaurant trade.

As a local artist and a long time resident of some 45 years, my wife and I have reached the age (I am eighty-five) where we must downsize. A long time ago I painted a three panel painting of a Mexican Plaza. It has hung, much admired, in my house for years. But it requires a large length of wall to display.

I am hoping that with your trade contacts, you could pass on the attached promo page to suitable Mexican Restaurants that might enjoy to have and to show the painting.

This oil painting was created from photographs taken by me during a visit to the Mexican mountain town of Patzcuaro, Michoacán, during 2006.

It depicts the central town square on a typical Sunday afternoon when the townsfolk and street vendors converge to make a colorful scene. The detail images show the ice cream vendor and the balloon and windmill vendor and are typical of the action all over the painting, with over 170 figures (including the heads of distant people) enjoying the afternoon sunshine.

The painting, which consists of three 18 x 36 inch stretched unframed canvas panels, has been hanging in my home for many years. It needs nine feet (plus a couple of inches for the space between the panels) of wall space to hang, preferably at eye height.

We are downsizing and will no longer have space to hang the painting. I would like to donate it, at no cost, to someone, such as a restaurant, where it may be seen by the public. I will even deliver the canvases if they desire.

If you would like to view the painting, or discuss more details, please contact me at:

Peter Worsley


Update: Mr. Worsley’s painting has found a new home, and a steady-stream of viewers, at Taco Bell. Exact South Coast location to be determined.



Reader Cathy tells me that East Beach Tacos has opened at 226 S Milpas Street, the former home of Norton’s Pastrami and Arturo’s Taqueria. Cathy tells me that many food items include a token for use at the neighboring batting cage. Call 770-2761.

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Reader Jim tells me that Steve’s Patio Café at 3007 De la Vina Street has reopened after being closed for a couple of weeks during a remodel.

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