I stopped by Victoria Court today and spoke with Crista Fooks, owner of “Scarlett Begonia,” and eatery coming to 11 W. Victoria St, suite 10, the former home of Cafe Bianco. She said that her restaurant is on track to open at the end of July or early August.

Fooks tells me she will be serving Modern American cuisine for breakfast and lunch. “My mission is to offer organic, sustainable, local ingredients that are as fresh as you can get,” she said. Fooks has lived in Santa Barbara for 20 years, worked at Food & Home Magazine for 8 years, was the catering manager at the Four Seasons and attended culinary school at SBCC. Fooks tells me that her mother is a baker and will be leading the baking end of the business. She hopes to get a beer & wine license for the neighboring patio.

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