A new sign for “Montecito Eats, Inc.” has appeared at 1014 Coast Village Road, the former home of Tsunami restaurant. The as-yet-unnamed restaurant will be brought to you by Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, owners of acclaimed Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern and the Larder at Maple Drive restaurants in Los Angeles. In 2006 Goin won the James Beard award for Best Chef: California. The chef will be Javier Espinoza and the general manager will be Julie Grimm; both are veterans of Lucques and AOC. The restaurant, which includes a wood-burning oven, will focus on locally grown seasonal foods served in “a relaxed farmhouse atmosphere.”


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6 Responses to MONTECITO EATS, INC

  1. LizW says:

    Looking forward to that.

  2. Man says:

    Exciting in theory, but sadly SB eats (and retail) are only as good as the local talent they hire and I expect this to be great to start and to go steadily downhill with SB casual attitude and lack of technical expertise. There’s a long history of this happening in town.

    • AM says:

      I don’t believe it is lack of technical expertise — and even if so, kitchen staff can be trained. But instead it is lack of resources…mainly monetary resources. So many restaurants in SB, even the successful ones, pay their kitchen staff ridiculously low wages. This creates high turnover, which leads to inconsistency and general malaise among the kitchen staff. Given that this particular restaurant is part of a successful restaurant GROUP, hopefully they have the resources to retain their staff. That will create a great work environment with a motivated staff, and that will translate into a great enduring restaurant.

  3. Charlotte says:

    Well said brother!

  4. steven shulem says:

    BAD NEWS. I just at at A. O. C. in LA.(wonderful)..and our waiter said that this deal is off and she is not opening in Montecito now. BUMMER

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