Reader Gerald let me know about an article in the LA Times that says the partners at the new Blue Tavern restaurant (119 State Street), Chef Ricardo Zarate and Stephane Bombet, have split and that Zarate will take over the eatery. The two took the concept for what was Zarate’s original tiny Peruvian stand in the Mercado la Paloma and opened a string of upscale restaurants within a couple of years — starting with Picca Peru, then a refashioned Mo-Chica downtown, followed by Paiche in Marina Del Rey. The latest (and the first out-of-town location), Blue Tavern, opened in Santa Barbara just last month.

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  1. Christine says:

    Wow. Seems like something is jinxed about that location.

  2. Gerald Bostock says:

    That was my first thought, Christine, but the tone of the article is good; it was an amicable split.
    Fingers crossed, but Zarate is obviously legitimate with a good history.

  3. . says:

    food was great the other day for lunch…..buttt verrry slooow

  4. Steve says:

    I tried going there soon after they opened, but a server never came to my table to take my order, so I just left after a while.

  5. LoFi Girl says:

    I hope it makes it, but I am always skeptical about out of towners that come into SB and try to do businesses. Our town is fickle and moody. I prefer the locals who open up shop. Best of luck to them, though.

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