GREEN TABLE OPENS DOWNTOWN

A “guilt free, comfort food and matcha bar” eatery named Green Table has opened at 113 W. De la Guerra Street, the former home of Boochies. Owner Rebekah Winquest, a nutritionist who runs Green Table, was also the owner of Boochies. I am told that her menu from Boochies has returned along with a variety of new offerings including fresh almond pasta.

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ROCKET FIZZ REOPENS

Reader PrimeTime tells me that KEYT has a story about candy store Rocket Fizz on State Street reopening after suffering major water damage from recent rains.

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TAQUERIA EL PASTORCITO COMING TO NOLETA

Reader Brendan tells me that he drove by the former Wing’s Restaurant at 4427 Hollister Avenue near the the State/Hollister/Modoc junction and saw a sign on the window that says Taqueria El Pastorcito (which already has a location at 2009 De la Vina Street near Mission Street) is “coming soon.” Reader Eric says the restaurant will be open on Friday, February 19th.

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TAMALES-TO-GO GOES

Reader Steve tells me that the retail location of Tamales to Go at 20 East Cota St (in the back), has closed down. It was located right next to the rear entrance of Sammy’s Cameras. Their online tamale delivery service at sbtamalestogo.com has gone out of business as well.

Here is a message to you from the owner:

Hi John…

I have received a number of inquiries like yours about
the closing of the tamale window and Santa Barbara
Tamales-To-Go. Please let your readers tknow we
appreciate the many messages we have received this
week from Santa Barbara area tamale fans.

At 70 years of age, it’s time for me to leave the kitchen to
all the talented young chefs we have in the Santa Barbara
area.

Best,
Richard Lambert

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YANKEE NOODLE OPENING THURSDAY?

Reader Sarah says that Yankee Noodle opens February 18 at 214 State Street, the former home of Union Ale. Yankee Noodle is an American/Asian tavern offering burgers, noodles, and spirits.

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NIMITA’S CUISINE OPENS

Noozhawk is reporting that Nimita’s Cuisine has opened at 508 East Haley Street. I wrote about Nimita’s pending arrival earlier this month.

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LITTLE KITCHEN COMING TO ORTEGA

Readers Primetime and Chris tell me that a new restaurant named Little Kitchen is coming to 17 West Ortega Street, the former home of Nardonnes La Famiglia Pizzeria. A message on the front window describes the business as “modern comfort food.”

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THE FRENCH PRESS OPENS IN GOLETA

Readers Matt and Cris let me know that The French Press coffee shop and bakery has finally opened at 250 Storke Road. I first wrote about this new location for The French Press back in January, 2015. Good things are worth waiting for. I spoke with management and was told that the bakery offerings at all French Press locations will receive a major upgrade in the next week. All goods are baked at their Anacapa Street location and French Press is striving to bring the bakery quality up to par with their popular coffee. Hours are Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Visit thefrenchpress.com.

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ALWAYS REMEMBERED

Dustin Green, who used to work at Jade restaurant on upper State Street and was also a City College food service facility operator, has passed away.

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NEW CHEF AT UNIVERSITY CLUB

Reader John forwarded me this press-release:

The University Club of Santa Barbara is proud to announce its new Executive Chef, Marc Meynenc, a Michelin star award winning French chef. Marc recently sold his catering business, Boutique Catering, in Santa Barbara where he and his wife catered to superstars of Hollywood, CEO’s and politicians. Besides presiding over the kitchen at Chez Alex,a restaurant in Cologne, Germany, that was awarded a prestigious Michelin star, Marc Meynenc’s prolific career includes impressive tours at Tanglewood (managing three restaurants and serving as the exclusive chef for the Boston Symphony), London’s Hyde Park Hotel, and restaurants in Australia, Switzerland, Germany, India, Los Angeles and Napa Valley.

“We are very excited to elevate the quality of food and service at the University Club and Marc is the man to do it,” says this year’s UClub president James Ballentine.

Meynenc, who is a native of the south of France, began his cooking career at age 15, working as an apprentice. “If you survive, if you don’t get killed, you have a chance,” he jokes, referring to the demanding regimen of European kitchens.

Asked about his nomadic existence cooking around the world, Meynenc says, “As a young man, there are two things I wanted: I wanted a way to escape home because I wanted to see the world; and I wanted something in my hand, a skill that I could do anywhere.”

Meynenc plans to exercise his creative culinary skills by incorporating his love of organic and local ingredients into the University Club’s menu and delivering exceptional food and experiences to the members, guests and patrons of the University Club.

The University Club of Santa Barbara is a premiere downtown social club for members who enjoy reciprocal benefits at over 300 country clubs, golf clubs, city clubs and more around the world. For information or to join, please visit www.uclubsb.org.

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DOWNTOWN RALPHS GETTING A STARBUCKS

Here is a tip from reader Rex of SB:

Hi, John,

The elves (or someone) at the downtown Ralphs at Carrillo & Chapala are busy installing a new Starbucks concession, located right inside the front door.  I guess this is for the people who can’t walk a block to the Starbucks at Carrillo & De la Vina.  I’d rather it were a Tiki Bar, but I guess that’s never gonna happen.

Regards,
Rex Of SB

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BIG YELLOW HOUSE UPDATE

This just in from reader Michael:

Hey,  John-

I live in Summerland.  I noticed that the “For Lease” sign is back in the window of the undeveloped portion of the Big Yellow House.  I may have missed something- maybe no Pace?

Michael

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PASCUCCI OPENS IN GOLETA

Pascucci has opened at Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta, inside the building previously occupied by Holdren’s Grill. This new Pascucci is run by the family behind the ever-popular Pascucci restaurant at 729 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, and they share the exact same menu. Chefs from downtown Pascucci have been brought in to train new kitchen staff, to ensure the food remains consistent across locations. I’m told that the prices at the Goleta location are slightly lower than Pascucci on State Street. The only other Italian restaurants in all of Goleta and Isla Vista are Petrini’s Pizza & Pasta and Sorriso Italiano, so Italian cuisine coming to the Goodland is a rare and welcome event.

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CIELITO TO BECOME “TU CASA”

cielito-1Based on a tip from reader Steve I called Cielito restaurant at 1114 State Street for an update on changes that will soon be taking place. I am told that a group of investors, that includes proprietor Brendan Searls, has purchased Cielito. Searls, among other things, is the co-founder of Dargan’s Irish Pub in Santa Barbara, and the founder of Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Agoura Hills, Camarillo and Newbury Park. The Cielito representative tells me that the restaurant will be renamed Tu Casa and that the menu will be similar to Cielito’s. Word is that the change will happen in the next few weeks. Cielito is open for business as usual.

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DRAUGHTSMEN ALEWORKS COMING TO GOLETA

This just in from reader Sara Jean:

Hi John!
There’s a new production brewery and taproom called Draughtsmen Aleworks that is currently being built out on 53 Santa Felicia Drive in north Goleta. I hear they are a month or two away from opening to the public!

Santa Felicia Drive runs behind Best Buy and #53 is at the north end, across Hollister.

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BOONDOCKS UPDATE

Last month Creekside Bar & Grill at 4444 Hollister Avenue in Noleta, one of Santa Barbara’s most famous bars, changed the name to Boondocks. Readers Mark and Annie tell me that Boondocks has now closed, after 37 days in business, and had its last night on Saturday, February 6. I called the phone number on Boondocks’ web site and the number is disconnected. I have not had a chance to stop by and independently confirm this.

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LA BELLA ROSA BAKERY OPENS

I received this message recently from reader Nina:

Hello John,

My name is Nina I work at La Bella Rosa Bakery. We are opening our new bakery in Goleta, on Feb. 9th. Rosa the owner of the bakery is inviting you to stop by to say “Hi”.
The address is: 7127 Hollister Ave.#18, Goleta.
Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Nina ( La Bella Rosa Bakery Cafe)

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NOT SO FAST

Last December reader Cris informed me that Pickles & Swiss, which opened a location in Paseo Nuevo in October 2012, is joining Smart & Final Extra!, Sno-Crave, Zizzo’s Coffee, Dickey’s BBQ Pit and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos as tenants in the new Hollister Village shopping center. Cris just sent me an update indicating that Pickles & Swiss has been removed from the list of future tenants on the Hollister Village web site.

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HOME PLATE GRILL OPENS IN GOLETA

I am starting to think there is new restaurant activity happening at the west end of Goleta:

Reader Hugh:

John,  There is a new restaurant in the Padre Shopping Center (Calle Real & Ellwood Station Rd) Padre Shopping Center, 7398 Calle Real Goleta, CA 93117, right next to El Sitio and behind Seven Eleven. It is called the Home Plate Grill. I guess in keeping with the Rounding 3rd Sports Bar theme? Open now, I had a decent chicken salad sandwich there but they have pizza, salads, soups, and beers. Already out of menus or I’d have scanned one for you. Was about half full today at noon, not sure how long its been open.

Reader Annie:

“Home Plate” has opened at 7398 Calle Real in Goleta. Serving basic American fare; burgers, pizzas, wings, etc.

Reader Kay Lee:

Hi John,  I’m eating lunch at a new place in West Goleta.  Home Plate Grill is located at 7398-C Calle Real, behind the 7-11, next door to neighborhood bar Rounding 3rd. They are open daily from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm.  They offer appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza.  Their website is still being developed but they plan to offer online ordering in the future.  There is already a listing on Yelp that includes menu photos.

Reader Cris:

Hey John, Looks like a new spot called Home Plate Grill opened near the 7-11 in the Dos Pueblos High area.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/home-plate-goleta

Here is a description of the business from their web site:

HOME PLATE GRILL is a fun family-oriented grill-type restaurant owned and operated by long time Goleta locals. We offer delicious, high quality economical food for your dine-in or take-out pleasure. We are not a fast food restaurant, instead we present home cooked recipes with savory combinations that will have you coming back over and over again. We believe that Family and Friends coming together over great food is so important. What better way to share good times than over a delicious fresh Homemade Pizza with amazing sauce and combinations, a variety of delectable 1/3 lb Burgers, or mouthwatering Fresh Sandwiches (hot or cold)? We also offer a variety of Fresh Salads and Sumptuous Soups with fresh ingredients.

Call 845-3323 or visit homeplategoleta.com.

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LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA CLOSES

Reader Annie informed me that Little Caesars Pizza inside Kmart at 6865 Hollister Avenue in Goleta has closed. I stopped by and noticed that everything inside was packed up and ready to ship off to pizza Heaven – or somewhere warmer.

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RUSTY’S ON CALLE REAL OPENS

The new “Art Deco Train Station” Rusty’s Pizza has opened at 5934 Calle Real in Goleta, completing the move from its long-time home just down the street, on the opposite side of Fairview Avenue. Fairview Rusty’s closed in January after renting the space for decades. Rusty’s purchased the 5934 Calle Real property in the 1990′s and rented to a variety of tenants, most recently to Takenoya Japanese restaurant. They started developing the new building over a year ago and just completed construction. The new Call Real Rusty’s Pizza is open daily from 11 a.m.-midnight. Delivery is available until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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OFF TOPIC

Here are pics and a video I shot of Johnny Depp arriving at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival tonight. Sorry, the video is a little rough.

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NEW GOLETA RUSTY’S OPEN?

This message came in last night from reader Goleta Bob:

“Goleta Rusty’s [at 5934 Calle Real] was open tonight when I drove by.”

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LA HACIENDA CLOSES

Yesterday I received a message from reader Stephanie:

“Hello. We ate dinner at El Bohemio/Hacienda [298 Pine Avenue] in Goleta on Friday night. The place was packed. It was mariachi night. I had friends go back Saturday for Karaoke night, which they said was a blast. On Sunday they were completely closed down….for good. Any idea what happened?”

Today Edhat and readers Steve & Annie report that there is a sign on the door indicating that La Hacienda has closed permanently. La Hacienda opened in January 2015, replacing El Bohemio.

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NIMITA’S CUISINE COMING TO HALEY STREET

Reader Steve let me know that Indian restaurant Nimita’s Cuisine will open soon at 508 East Haley Street, the former home of Muddy Waters. A message on the windows says that the eatery offers Ayurvedic vegetarian Indian cuisine, coffee, tea, and more. Nimita’s web site, which currently offers cooking classes and food delivery to private individuals, includes a description of the business:

“I pride myself in being able to offer Ayurvedic meals geared to support health through a vegetarian diet by collaborating with local farmers and finally nurturing members of our community. The abundance and variety of fresh vegetables in our local market allows my cuisine to conjure up a modified version of Indian food that focuses on allowing us to respect the flavors of each vegetable while still enjoying the spices. I have been a culinary instructor since 1994. I have taught in the Canary Islands, Spain and have been actively teaching in the community of Santa Barbara since 1996. My commitment to nurture the community embraces every sector including the Hispanic community with which I delight doing group work in my job as a therapist. More than often, I integrate the art of cooking with therapy work. My passion has led me to create my own company, Nimita’s Cuisine, which offers weekly deliveries to private individuals. I also actively supports the Meatless Monday campaign and am committed to bring this awareness to my local community.”

Visit nimitascuisine.com.

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FARMERBOY DOES DINNER

Farmerboy restaurant at 3427 State Street has extended their hours to 9 p.m. The eatery used to close for the day in mid afternoon.

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PASCUCCI GOLETA SET TO OPEN

Just under a year ago I reported that lease negotiations were underway for Pascucci restaurant to open a second location at 6920 Marketplace Drive in Goleta, the former home of Holdren’s Grill. Another Santa Barbara favorite, Jane restaurant, will occupy the neighboring space, that was once the home of Pastavino and Smoke N Barrel BBQ Shack. I am happy to report that Pascucci Goleta anticipates opening on Wednesday, February 10th. Final inspections might shift the opening date slightly. In June 2005 a Pascucci restaurant opened in Camino Real Marketplace, run by relatives of the owner of downtown Pascucci, but the name soon switched to Zaffiro and that business closed in June 2008. This new Pascucci is the real deal. It is run by Laura Knight who owns and operates the ever-popular Pascucci restaurant at 729 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.

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CRUSHCAKES ANNIVERSARY

On Monday February 8th, Crushcakes & Cafe will be celebrating their 8-year anniversary. Crushcakes will be offering a free mini cupcake (1/3 size) with every breakfast or lunch purchase on February 8th. The same day they will also be offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on all regular cupcakes. These offers will be good at all three Crushcakes Cafe locations, including Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria.

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SEEING RED

Reader Cathy tells me that there is a new sign for The Red Piano at 519 State Street, formerly Statemynt and the Study Hall. Does this have anything to do with restaurants? Your guess is as good as mine.

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NOTHING BUNDT CAKES OPENS

nbc_logo_small_cropNothing Bundt Cakes opened for business at 5784 Calle Real in Goleta (immediately next door to El Pollo Loco). Founders Debra Shwetz and Dena Tripp started Nothing Bundt Cakes in Las Vegas in 1997 and have since opened 154 franchises coast to coast and have another 14 locations on the way. The Goleta bakery is owned by locals Beverly Doman and her sister Beth Enriquez. The Grand Opening celebration has been moved to March 11th and 12th.  Nothing Bundt Cakes is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 845-4899 or visit nothingbundtcakes.com.

CORRECTION: The first 50 guests on Saturday, March 12th that buy a Bundlet or cake will get a coupon to receive a free Bundlet every month for a year.

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