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Reader Cris S. let me know that owners Michael and Sandy DeRousse have announced that their iconic The Palace restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara will be closing Sunday, September 8th, after 39 years in business. This is so sad. Like you, I have held many memorable celebrations at 8 East Cota Street over the years. Here is a message to you from the family:

As owners of the Palace Grill, my wife Sandy and I had hoped to never write this message, but the fact remains that we have been unprofitable since before the pandemic. As such, barring an angel or flock of angels coming to the rescue, we will be closing our doors at some point.

At the inspiration of the Palace’s founder, Steven Sponder, we’ve been singing the “Wonderful World” singalong with you for most of our 39 years of existence. In retrospect, we never anticipated it being as prophetic as it is.

It has been a wonderful world, and there are a few words to the song that encapsulate who we hoped to be: “I see friends shaking hands” symbolizes all the ceremonies that we’ve been privileged to share with our guests. From births to life celebrations and everything between, you’ve included us in your celebrations.

“I hear babies’ cry; I watch them grow” is the next verse that means so much to us. From babies as guests, to multigenerational guests and Team members, and all through life’s meaningful moments, we’ve watched. “Watch them grow” also applies to the incredible Team who have joined us, for many their first job, hopefully helping launch them on to their life’s fulfillment. Over 34 years of “Stellar Service” awards is a testament to them. (We’re proud to say our own 3 grandchildren, Addison, Cameron and Sasha can be counted in this group).

It takes many partnerships for a restaurant to exist for as long as we have… Mark, the magician, JT and the Zydeco Zippers, Michael Gutin, and our incredible local suppliers who’ve always been there for us.

So… We will be singing “It’s a Wonderful World” until the closing hour of our closing day.
Come join us. Raise a glass and celebrate with us!

Cheers and thank you all!

TENTATIVE closing date is Sunday Sept, 8th.

– Michael and Sandy DeRousse

The Restaurant Guy celebrating his wedding anniversary at The Palace.

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Reader Corinne says that Old Town Coffee inside Mosaic Locale at 1131 State Street has closed. Google says they are closed temporarily. The Goleta location appears to be open as usual. Reader Jessica says that Buena Onda closed there as well.

Reader Mark W. says the space as already been filled: “Bobby from Goodland Waffles has taken over that space and is serving delicious coffee along with his world famous waffles and melts. I believe they serve until 6 PM each day and have yummy pastries as well.”

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Reader Suzzette S. says that the Pang Zi Noodle Shop appears to be open. It is located at the corner Nogal Street and Hollister Avenue in the former home of Munchiez which moved to De la Vina Street.

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Here is a message from reader Thomas that apparently has a few inaccuracies:

Hey John, the Breakwater Restaurant has been purchased by the guy that owns The Shop Kitchen and Wing Stop.

Here is a response from The Shop owner Dudley Michael:

Hey John, Dudley here from Shop and Rodeo Room/Wingman. I wish I owned Wing Stop. I am in talks over the Breakwater, but nothing official yet.

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Richard Lambert, chef and founder of National Tamale Day, will teach the techniques he uses to make his award-winning tamales and salsas. This annual 90-minute class is set for Saturday, July 20th, from 1- 2:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, 1435 Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara. Secrets of a Tamale Chef is a demonstration class designed for home cooks. Lambert says, “Our cooking methods originated in Mexico City and are very traditional. One of the secrets I share during the class is the special technique we use to make our tamales extra plump and moist.” Each attendee will be served a variety of tamale samples and be shown how each flavor can be created at home during Fiesta week. Additional class handout materials include Chef Lambert’s recipes, a listing of ingredient sources, plus tamale reheating and storage guidelines. Attendees also receive the ebook version of Chef Lambert’s cookbook, Mexico City Favorites. The ebook features recipes from the year Lambert worked as a chef in Mexico City. Suggested donation is $65 per person. Enroll at

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Loquita and La Paloma Cafe will celebrate Old Spanish Days’ 100th anniversary in Santa Barbara with Fiesta parties on Friday, August 2, 2024.  Loquita will feature a Flamenco performance and an array of authentic Spanish cuisine including paella, patatas bravas, bocadillo de verduras y cerdo, and churros. Complementing the culinary experience, attendees can enjoy bottomless Sangria and exclusive tastings of Vandagandr Gin and Lalo Tequila. The celebration will be set to the music of DJ A Smooth Exchange. In addition to the signature Sangria, a no-host bar is available for added cocktail selections. Hours are 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fiesta is for guests 21 and over and priced at $85 per person. For reservations call (805) 880-3380. La Paloma Cafe’s bar will open all day from 11:30 a.m. on Fiesta Friday, August 2, 2024, with bar bites, cocktails and menu of margaritas. The eatery will offer their signature brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. No reservations are required for the bar; La Paloma Cafe brunch reservations can be made by calling (805) 966-7029.

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Cuyama Buckhorn, recent winner of a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, is partnering for a July 19th dinner with winemaker Vahe Keushguerian, who was recently the subject of the documentary, SOMM: Cup of Salvation. Cuyama Buckhorn’s Chef Hugo Vera has designed the six-course dinner. Dinner tickets are $250 per person including wine pairings. Book a room for the weekend starting at $285/night.

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While enjoying the Tacos del Mar at Los Agaves on De la Vina Street I noticed that there was a lot of construction going on across the street. I spoke to the crew and they said that this will be the future home of Validation Ale. When I wrote about the brewery last week I wasn’t quite sure of the address. It will be coming to 2840 De la Vina Street, the former home of New Si Chuan Garden.

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Here is a tip from reader El Guapo:

On 7/12/2024 8:42 AM, Food News Tip wrote:
> Name: El Guapo
> Email:
> Poke House at 811-D State will have their soft opening Monday, July 15th from 1pm-7:30pm.

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Here is a message from reader Timothy A.:

On 7/12/2024 7:32 AM, Food News Tip wrote:
> Name: Timothy A.
> I heard from by barber that the former Trattoria Vitoria on Victoria is going to be a Basque restaurant…I can’t wait for the Pintxos!!!

I stopped by to take a photo and the space is still a time capsule of the way Trattoria Vittoria, at 30 East Victoria Street, looked the day it closed last May.

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When you have school-age children you have to cram your vacations into a time period of about two and a half months so I have been taking full advantage of that. Here are some food news stories that hit my inbox while I have been gone:

  • Antojitos La Paloma has opened at 6543 Pardall Road in Isla Vista, formerly the Study Hall.
  • Bibi Ji reopened in a new location at 1213 State Street, formerly McDonald’s.
  • Lilac Patisserie opened a second location at 1209 Coast Village Road.
  • Little Bird Kitchen opened at 38 West Victoria Street (Santa Barbara Public Market).
  • Mesa Verde closed at 1919 Cliff Drive after opening in July 2014.
  • Recipes Bakery closed at 604 Santa Barbara Street after opening in January 2012.
  • Santa Barbara Courthouse Distillery and Events opened at 1114 State Street, formerly Pizza Mizza. The Pizza Mizza menu is still available.
  • Seven Bar & Kitchen opened at 235 West Montecito Street, formerly The Neighborhood Bar, after closing at 224 Helena Avenue in August 2022.
  • Stella Mare’s is closing at the end of the year.
  • Wexler’s Deli opened at 38 West Victoria Street (Santa Barbara Public Market).
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After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of food and drink locations appearing in your future:

  • Alma Fonda Fina, 1024 Coast Village Rd. (formerly Little Alex’s)
  • Bettina, 700 Linden Ave., Carpinteria (second location)
  • Blue Owl, 700 Linden Ave., Carpinteria
  • Buddy’s BBQ, Victoria St.
  • Cagami Ramen, Hollister Village Plaza, Goleta
  • Chick-Fil-A, 4765 Calle Real, Goleta (formerly IHOP)
  • Clam Bar, 119 Harbor Way Ste. B
  • Clark’s Oyster Bar, 1212 Coast Village Rd. (formerly Cava)
  • Dart Coffee Co., 700 Linden Ave., Carpinteria
  • East Valley Kitchen, 516 San Ysidro Rd. (formerly Montecito Wine Bistro)
  • The Ellwood, 5905 Sandspit Rd., Goleta (formerly Beachside Bar-Café)
  • Etty’s Jewish Deli, 524 Chapala St.
  • Everytable, 1001 State St. (formerly Saks 5th Avenue)
  • Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen, 6980 Market Place Dr. (formerly Hollister Brewing Company)
  • Happy Cat Eats, 23 E. Cabrillo Blvd (formerly Wheel Fun and L.T. Cinnamon)
  • Jemma Montecito, 1801 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
  • La Cantina, Turnpike Center
  • Lama Dog, 3435 State St. (formerly La Rumba)
  • Lily’s Donuts & Pops, 504 State St. (formerly Coldstone Creamery)
  • The Nugget, 2000 De la Vina St. (formerly Derf’s)
  • Pang Zi Noodle Shop, at 4427 Hollister Ave., Goleta (formerly Munchiez)
  • Poke House, 811 State Street, Ste. D (in Paseo Nuevo)
  • Restoration Hardware dining room, 1486 E. Valley Rd., Montecito (old firehouse)
  • Shake Shack, Funk Zone
  • Skyfield, 30 E. Ortega St. (formerly Black Sheep)
  • SLODoCo, 290-A Storke Rd., Goleta (formerly Ortho Mattress)
  • Teddy’s on State, 3102 State St. (formerly Yanni’s Greek Deli)
  • Tyde’s, 1281 Channel Dr., Montecito
  • Trattoria Del Sole, 1027 State St. (formerly Tamira)
  • Validation Ale, ~2800 De la Vina St. (near Presto Pasta and El Sitio)
  • Wingstop, Fairview Ave.
  • Unnamed Italian, 413 State St. (formerly Taza)
  • Unnamed Pizza, 6583 Pardall Road, Isla Vista (formerly Rockfire Grill and Giovanni’s)
  • Unnamed, 1800 E. Cabrillo (near Bird Refuge)
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Her is a list of some of the area eateries that have opened in the last 12 months. If I missed any, please let me know.

  • July 2024: Seven Bar & Kitchen (reopened in new location), 235 W. Montecito St.
  • June 2024: Antojitos La Paloma, 6543 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Bibi Ji (reopened in new location), 1213 State St.; Little Bird Kitchen, Santa Barbara Public Market; Munchiez (reopened in new shared location), 3007 De la Vina St.; Santa Barbara Courthouse Distillery and Events, 1114 State St.; Jonesy’s Fried Chicken, 282 Orange Ave., Goleta; Wexler’s Deli, Santa Barbara Public Market
  • May 2024: Little Alex’s, 3987 State St.
  • April 2024: Dart Coffee, 113 Harbor Way; Ethnic Breads, 137 Aero Camino, Goleta; Nick the Greek, 508 State St.; Oat Bakery, 1014 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Petra Café, 14 East Cota St.; Shalhoob’s, 5112 Hollister Ave, Goleta
  • March 2024: Indian Tandoori Kingdom, 1026 State St.; Lighthouse Coffee, 5696 Calle Real, Goleta; Starbucks, 120 State St.
  • February 2024: Best BBQ, 716 State St.; Cookie Plug, 918 State St.; Lilac Patisserie, 1209 Coast Village Rd., Montecito. Silvers Omakase, 224 Helena Ave.; Yummy Thai, 5918 Hollister Ave, Goleta
  • January 2024: Bruxie, 12 W De la Guerra St.; Oakberry, 6580 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista;
  • December 2023: Cafe La Fonda, 129 East Anapamu St.; Mister Softee, 935 State St.; Santa Barbara Sunshine Café, 5711 Calle Real, Goleta
  • November 2023: Azul Cocina, 7 East Anapamu St.; Dang Burger, 5080 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria; Juniper on Fourth, 478 4th Place, Solvang (now closed); Pueblo Pollo, 6578 Trigo Road, Isla Vista
  • October 2023: Santa Barbara Fish Market, 7127 Hollister Ave. Ste. 18, Goleta; Santa Barbara Pizza House, 515 State St.
  • September 2023: Crumbl Cookies, 5660 Calle Real, Goleta; Pizza Mizza, 1114 State St. (now Santa Barbara Courthouse Distillery and Events)
  • August 2023: Asia 101, 903 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista; Mollie’s Italian Deli, 1039 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria
  • July 2023: Chick-fil-A (reopened), 3707 State St.; Maria’s Tacos, 6545 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Social Eats, 6521 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Terra, 5490 Hollister Ave., Goleta (inside The Steward hotel); The Kitchen (inside Calvary Chapel), 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez, Ste. 21
  • June 2023: Kozy Craft Coffee, 6560 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Pokewaves, 4791 Calle Real #102, Noleta
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Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year. Sadly, included in the list are several local icons: Pea Soup Andersen’s (100 years), Arnoldi’s Café (87 years), Derf’s (47 years), and Via Vai (30 years). If I missed any closings, please let me know.

  • July 2024: Mesa Verde, 1919 Cliff Dr.; Recipes Bakery, 604 Santa Barbara St.
  • June 2024: Coast & Olive, 1295 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (changing to a lounge run by Good Lion Hospitality); Derf’s, 2000 De la Vina St. (changing to The Nugget); Pizza Mizza, 1114 State St. (now Santa Barbara Courthouse Distillery and Events)
  • May 2024: Arnoldi’s Café, 600 Olive St. (may reopen); Jamba Juice, UCSB; Social Eats, 6521 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Trattoria Vittoria, 30 E. Victoria St.
  • April 2024: Oliver’s, 1198 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Shalhoob’s at the Market, 38 W. Victoria St.; Via Vai Trattoria & Pizzeria, 1483 East Valley Rd., Montecito
  • February 2024: Taza Mediterranean Street Kitchen, 413 State St. (changing to an Italian restaurant)
  • January 2024: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 5745 Calle Real, Goleta; Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Santa Barbara Airport (now Santa Barbara Roasting Company); Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant, 216 East Yanonali St.; Pea Soup Andersen’s, 376 Ave of Flags, Buellton (under new ownership, plans to reopen after renovation); Rockfire Grill, 6583 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista (changing to a pizza place)
  • December 2023: Santa Barbara Sunshine Café, 3514 State St. (moved to 5711 Calle Real, Goleta)
  • November 2023: Juniper on Fourth, 478 4th Place, Solvang
  • October 2023: Elena’s Kitchen, 738 State St.
  • September 2023: Mokutan, 716 State St. (now Best BBQ); Hollister Brewing Co., 6980 Marketplace Dr., Goleta (changing to Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen); Uptown Lounge, 3126 State St.
  • August 2023: Oppi’z Bistro and Natural Pizza, 1026 State St. (now  Indian Tandoori Kingdom); Pueblo Pollo, 2984 State St. (moved to 6578 Trigo Road, Isla Vista)
  • July 2023: Courthouse Tavern, 129 East Anapamu St. (now Cafe La Fonda); Mr B Restaurant & Café, 140 S. Hope Ave.
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Reader Let’sActive has some news about Pizza Mizza at 1114 State Street: “It looks like Pizza Mizza has given up the ghost. It’s been dark for a while. No hours of operation. No signs of life.” I tried calling and got voicemail and when you try to make reservations on their website it displays the message: “Yelpers report this location has closed. ” Pizza Mizza opened at that location in September 2023.

UPDATE: Pizza Mizza is now the home of Santa Barbara Courthouse Distillery and Events though the Pizza Mizza menu is still being served.

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Celebrate Fourth of July weekend at Finch & Fork, 31 West Carrillo Street, with their lunch and dinner bar specials lasting from July 4th – July 6th. Pair your favorite brew with your choice of a Smash Burger, Santa Barbara Smokehouse Burger, Patty Melt, Finch Burger or Pepper J Burger for $20. Located at the Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara, tickets cost$20 for the Burger and Brew special. For reservations visit

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This just in from reader KP:

Hi John,

Chef Budi Kazali, former owner / chef of Ballard Inn and The Gathering Table, and his amazing, eclectic cuisine has been greatly missed in the SYV (and by many folks from afar) these past few year. So, we were delighted to hear that he’s behind whatever is coming to the location in Solvang that was formerly Succulent Cafe for many years then Campo Del Sol, briefly. Any word on what’s in the works and can you confirm that BK will be delighting us all sometime soon?

Kitchen Patrol

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Do you know anything about the people selling tacos around town that are basically setups on the sidewalk with big bright lights?

Are they authorized or in a grey area? Are they related or separate? I counted 4 the other day on lower Westside area, one by rifero’s on Mission Street, 1 on San Andres, 1 on San Pascual, 1 on Montecito street.
– John P.S.

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Jonesy’s Fried Chicken has opened at 282 Orange Avenue in Goleta, the former home of Red Pepper restaurant.

“There is a big gap between some of these sit-down restaurants that are doing a $28 fried chicken and KFC chicken and that’s where we want to come in,” says owner and long time local chef Kyle Jones, who also runs Craft Wood Fired Catering. “It’s kind of casual dining with an intelligent twist. Our motto is ‘under-promise and over-deliver.’  When you get here I want you to understand the attention to detail and what we are working with. The Mary’s air-chilled organic chicken, the high quality and highly refined peanut oil we are using for the fryers, and stuff like that. We’re not breaking the bank on the price point but we are making sure that the quality is there and the attention to detail is there.”

The Shared Plates menu includes JFC Buttermilk Fried Wings $16, Buffalo Wings $16, Hand-made Buttermilk Biscuits $10, Fried Mac-n-Cheese Balls $14, Pimento Cheese & Crackers $14, and Angry Bird Fries $12. The Chicken Plates menu includes Three Mary’s Tenders (with two sides) $17, Five Mary’s Tenders (with three sides) $24, and Big Bird Tray $48. The Sandwiches menu includes JFC Original $14, Buffalo Bird $16, Korean Nashville Hot $16, Nashville Hot Cod $17, and Georgia Peach $17.

Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Call (805) 770-2428 or visit

View the menu

Owner Kyle Jones. Photo by The Restaurant Guy

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Reader Olivia tells me that Brandon Boudet, owner of Little Dom’s in Carpinteria is opening a new restaurant in Montecito (technically Santa Barbara) on Coast Village Road in the former home of Oliver’s and Peabody’s. I contacted the eatery and received this response: “Thank you for reaching out and for your interest in the team’s newest concept in Montecito! We are excited to share details once the team is ready to share more and will be sure to include you on all announcement coming soon!”

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More than a dozen readers have told me that Coast & Olive restaurant in the Montecito Inn on Coast Village Road has closed. Earlier this week the Inn announced on social media that they’ve formed a partnership with Good Lion Hospitality to bring a new lounge to the site.

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Reader John P.S. sends an update about SB Munchiez:

“Have not confirmed but friend says SB Munchiez on Hollister closed. Now listed on delivery apps as ‘Munchiez SB’ and the website works. However, the address on their website is now listed as 3007 De la Vina Street, which is the address of Patio Cafe, but maybe they are sharing space as Patio Café closes at 2 p.m.. Munchiez says that they open at 5 p.m.. Also, they have a new phone number that is not in the Santa Barbara area code but instead in Anaheim: 657-213-4433”

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The city of Santa Barbara is getting a new deli and catering business, Mo’s To-Go. Developed by non-profit, Momentum Work, Inc., the small business believes their success “relies on embracing a diversity of skills and experience.” Mo’s To-Go cooks up a simple menu with all items made from scratch, while providing its neurodivergent staff with a set of professional culinary and customer service skills.  Momentum Work, Inc. has provided employment services to residents of the Tri-Counties for 56 years following the state’s Employment First Policy, which means real jobs for individuals with disabilities and the dignity that arises from earning a living wage in the general workforce.

“While working at Mo’s, I hope to further refine my skills as a chef, and at the same time, gain a more in depth understanding of how to help neurodivergent individuals succeed in the workplace”, shares team member, Eric Johnson. “I feel a profound sense of belonging here that I have yet to feel at any other job.”

Learn more about Mo’s To-Go and place your order online for a Thursday or Friday delivery at

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This just in from reader Meredith:

Seven Bar & Kitchen just quietly updated their Instagram and website last week. looking like they are close to opening at the new location at 235 W Montecito Street!!! Yayyyy!

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Hey John!

Uptown is doing a Fathers Day Brunch Sunday June 16th 10-1pm. The buffet will have Chef Martin’s famous quiches, cured salmon station as well as the classic accompaniments of maple glazed bacon, french toast, salad pastries and much much more! Pricing is $45 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under.

Reservations can be made online or call 805-869-4014.


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Here is an update from the Funk Zone:

Hi John,

I’m excited to share that Test Pilot, the tropical and nautical-inspired cocktail bar in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, from the husband and wife team behind Good Lion Hospitality (The Good Lion, Shaker Mill), will host an exciting bar takeover with the highly acclaimed San Francisco bar Smuggler’s Cove on Saturday, June 23rd from 5pm – 12am. Smuggler’s Cove is an award-winning bar including 2017 Tales of the Cocktail Spirits Award, the 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Award, and has been named one of the World’s 50 Best Bars. Test Pilot is thrilled to welcome the Smuggler’s Cove team into the bar to serve some of their favorite drinks.

Smuggler’s Cove owners, Martin and Rebecca Cate, will be at the bar takeover and selling merchandise, including their award-winning book “Smuggler’s Cove.” Joining them from San Francisco are bartenders Timmy and Gabe, who will showcase their expertise and create delightful drinks from the Smuggler’s Cove Menu. Test Pilot recommends guests make reservations, by emailing

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I just returned from two weeks in the Philippines, on the island of Leyte, where I watched my adopted daughter Pauline graduate from high school as the class valedictorian. In my inbox when I got home was some sad news that Derf’s restaurant, at 2000 De la Vina Street, is going out of business. Reader Primetime spotted a Facebook message from Derf’s employee Brenda Roman who wrote: “To our beloved Santa Barbara community, Derf’s Cafe will be closing its doors after 47 years.” The iconic eatery is holding a farewell on Tuesday, June 4th at 5 p.m. The owner reportedly says he can no longer afford to stay in business due to skyrocketing rent.

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Barbareño restaurant at 205 West Canon Perdido Street, which has historically been closed on Tuesdays, has updated their hours. “We’re happy to share that we will now be open for dinner service on Tuesdays!,” says owner and General Manager Jesse Gaddy. “Join us from 5-9 pm for all your Barbareño favorites.”

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Every dad and grad will have a complimentary beer from Santa Barbara’s own Validation Ale with dinner at The Lark restaurant, 131 Anacapa Street. Chef Jason Paluska’s Father’s Day Dinner Specials include West Coast Oysters on the Half Shell with Old Bay cocktail sauce, lime-shallot mignonette & saltines; Creekstone 21 Day Dry-Aged Ribeye Platter with smoked baked potato, roasted summer peppers, red wine salt & beef tallow jus; and a decadent dessert just for Dad – The Elvis Ice Cream Sundae with malted banana ice cream, candied bacon, peanut butter mousse & honey. This is available for dinner only.

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Reader Primetime says that the Cold Spring Tavern won’t be serving dinner this summer:

Changes are coming up above Santa Barbara for the iconic Cold Spring Tavern. The Tavern says – -new summer hours!! We will be extending our restaurant lunch hours Friday and Saturday until 5:00. Due to staffing challenges, we will not be open for dinner this summer.

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Here is an update from reader Primetime:

At just 200 square feet, Sushi Go Go in the Santa Barbara Harbor has one of the smallest restaurants sites in Santa Barbara. It was closed for six months for remodeling and has just reopened. It can get busy, fast, with a line out the door from the tiny lobby.

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Reader Derek let me know that a car plowed into a western Goleta 7-Eleven and added the commentary: “I remember when it happened TWICE in the same year to a 7-11 on Upper State! Maybe 15 years ago. Finally the 7-11 abandoned that location. Think it is a pool supply place now.”


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Her is an inquiry from reader M.D:

Heard a rumor that McConnell’s Ice Cream is opening in Five Points next to Little Alex’s. Any truth to this? Thank you.

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Here is a press release from Carpinteria for you:

We’re pleased to announce that Little Dom’s Seafood, a top locally-sourced seafood destination in Carpinteria, will bring back its annual Summer BBQ Series on Saturday, June 8 from 12pm – 4pm

Throughout the series, Little Dom’s Seafood’s co-owner, executive chef and grill expert, Brandon Boudet, pays homage to the regional culinary tradition of Santa Maria-style barbecue with a menu of locally sourced seafood, meat, and veggie dishes, including:

  • BBQ Oysters ($5 each)
  • 1/2 Grilled Artichoke ($7)
  • Roasted Corn w/ Basil and Parmesan ($7)
  • Calabrese Chicken Wings ($14)
  • Tri Tip Sandwich w/ shredded cabbage, pickled green tomato & Saba BBQ Sauce ($17)
  • Maine Lobster Roll w/ Butter on Brioche & Salsa Verde($27)

Taking place in our breezy outdoor parking lot lined with picnic tables, this series gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the restaurant’s special BBQ menu alongside a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails for a quintessential California BBQ experience, all summer long.

Little Dom’s Seafood’s Summer BBQ Series will take place the second Saturday of each month from Saturday, June 8through Labor Day weekend (June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14).

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Reader IMissRexOfSB says that realtor Caitlin Hensel has posted news that two restaurants are coming to The Post, a re-imagined business complex next to the bird refuge. They are Jemma di Mare (Italian American Seafood) and a new restaurant from the founders of Loreto (modern Mexican).

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This just in from 18 West Figueroa Street:

Hi John, this is Filippo, the owner at Norton’s Pastrami & Deli. This year we’re celebrating 20 years in business. As an appreciation to our amazing Santa Barbara community we will offer 20% OFF on all sandwiches on Saturday June 1st 2024 (online for pickup and in-store orders only).

Filippo – Norton’s Deli


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Here is some Isla Vista news from reader Brendan:

Isla Vista stalwart Rosarito closed a few months ago, and now a sign is up for something called “Teddy Rice”.  It looks like they’re redoing the interior.


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Reader Primetime tells me that one of the oldest restaurants in Santa Barbara, Arnoldi’s Café, which was founded by Giuseppe and Ilda Arnold in 1937, at 421 East Cota Street, has closed after the death of co-owner David Peri. The closure might be temporary.

In 1940, Giuseppe (Joe) quarried local stone and built the present restaurant at 600 Olive Street. Since then, Arnoldi’s, with the bocce ball courts in the garden, has been entertaining Santa Barbarans and visitors from all over the world.

Arnoldi’s has hosted orchestras and dancers since the 1940’s. The mural depicts Logo di Como. Bucky, the Tule Elk, overlooking the bar joined Arnoldi’s following Joe’s 1958 hunting trip to Colorado. The owners of Arnoldi’s Café, Jim and Dede Nonn, Dave and Kitty Peri, and Carol Smagala, were able to preserve the valued traditions of Arnoldi’s Café for decades.

Here is a message to you from the beloved eatery:

It is with great sadness that we announce the temporary closure of Arnoldi’s Cafe as we have known it the last 22 years. The current business owners will be stepping away from the business and have so much gratitude for being a part of the historical and legendary institution that has brought so many people memories since the 1940s.

Being a part of the history and the tradition of the cafe including countless plates of pasta coming out of the kitchen, the chatter of teams on the bocce court, and  special moments – rehearsal dinners,  graduations, weddings,  birthdays or just a Friday night dinner – has meant so much to us. We want to thank our incredible staff,  our valued customers and the community of Santa Barbara. We are confident the tradition will continue forward but for the time being while we transition to new beginnings, the cafe will be closed.

Photo by The Restaurant Guy

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Reader Jennifer M. let me know that Trattoria Vittoria, which opened at 30 East Victoria Street in March 2007, is closing. A sign on the window reads:

Trattoria Vittoria Closed. Last days Fri/Sat. Unfortunately, we are closing down and unable to open tonight. We will be open Friday and Saturday, 5/17 and 5/18, from 5:00-10:00pm for our last dinner services with a limited menu. Reservations are available on OpenTable. We hope you will join us to say goodbye!

Photo by Jennifer M.

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Reader Brendan tells me that that Jamba Juice on the UCSB campus next to the bookstore closed a few months ago.

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