2010 YEAR IN REVIEW

My foodie duties for the year wouldn’t be complete without summarizing activity at food & drink destinations on the South Coast:

  • In 2010 there were 40 openings and 37 closures of food-related businesses (with walk-in storefronts). When compared to the activity in 2009 there has been a 19% decrease in the number of openings and a 19% increase in the number of closures. The most openings were in October and November (6 each month). The most closings were in January, April, May and August (5 each month).
  • Openings in 2010 included: American (7), Deli (5), Mexican (5), Dessert (4), Seafood (3), Vietnamese (3), Coffee (2), Smoothie (2), Bakery (1), BBQ (1), Californian (1), Chinese (1), Indian (1), Korean (1), Pizza (1), Thai (1)
  • Closings in 2010 included: American (8), Mexican (6), Deli (4), Bakery (3), Chinese (3), Coffee (3), Pizza (3), Vietnamese (3), Californian (2), Dessert (2), Italian (2), BBQ (1), Cheese (1), Japanese (1), Korean (1), Mediterranean (1), Seafood (1), Vegetarian (1)
  • Flash In The Pan: Eateries that both opened and closed in 2010: Dirty’s 6521 Pardall Rd, Isla Vista; Kozmo’s 718 State St; Lam’s Vietnamese BBQ and Sandwiches 424 State St; Miss Saigon Grill and Lounge 424 State St; On The Side 6521 Pardall Rd, Isla Vista
  • Most Talked About Opening: BevMo! 3052 State St which opened in September.
  • Most Talked About Closing: Dean-o’s Pizzarama 1950 Cliff Dr which closed in January after 50 years in business.
  • The most-reviewed eateries in the SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Guide during 2010 are listed below. All are new restaurants in 2010 except for Brummis which opened in 2008: Mac’s Fish & Chip Shop 503 State St (38 reviews), Brummis – The German Taste 3130 State St  (33 reviews), Olio Pizzeria 11 W. Victoria St (32 reviews), India House 418 State St (32 reviews), Bay Roadhouse Bar & Grill 202 State St (30 reviews), HobNob Tavern 21 W. Victoria St (30 reviews)
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