Michael and Kathryn Graham have launched the new café section of their popular C’est Cheese store at 825 Santa Barbara Street which opened in 2003. Michael Graham tells me that they will be taking all the raw ingredients at their store and start cooking with them in the new café. The cheeses, meats and olive oils from the store will be used for sandwiches in the café while their new cafe will be making jams, spreads and sauces that will be available in the cheese shop.

C’est Cheese will be making their own pastries in-house from scratch in addition to mayonnaise, pickles and patés. Local, seasonal salads will be available from ingredients bought at the Farmers Market. Coffee will be provided by popular local java joint French Press. C’est Cheese also has opened a second patio on the north side of the building offering afternoon sun and a great view of the Riviera.

Even though the new cafe is open, construction continues. They will be temporarily moving the store into the cafe area so C’est Cheese can remodel their existing space.

C’est Cheese is open for breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch will be available until 3 p.m. and pastries/coffee will be available until 6 p.m. Thanks to readers Jonathan and Primetime for the tips!


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  1. Mitchell Sjerven says:

    Congrats! Continued success to C’est Cheese with the expanded venture, great people who work hard for what they’ve built, can’t wait to come in for lunch (and a bunch of cheese and prosciutto to go!).

  2. julibelleSB says:

    This is a extraordinary business run by a lovely couple – a model for everyone! Not to mention great delightful break in the day! Congratulations!product, wonderful people, perfect scale, always a

  3. julibelleSB says:

    oops! lost a little – great product, wonderful product, terrific service..always a great break in the day….

  4. Zack says:

    So a “model” for everyone to follow is to force a property owner/landlord to boot longstanding businesses next door to you, so you can expand?

    • Bob says:

      That’s a good one. Obviously you aren’t a property owner or landlord. The notion that a tenant can “force” a landlord into doing pretty much anything that isn’t for a code violation is completely laughable.

      Best wishes to C’est Cheese. I’ve no doubt they’ll continue to be a rousing success.

      • Zack says:

        A good tenant who wants to expand can threaten to leave unless demands are met. Landlord can then decided to allow expansion at the expense of multiple other longstanding, month to month tenants.

        Of course the final decision is the landlords, but the expanding business also has a significant say in the matter.

        That’s exactly what happened in this situation.

        Now Thrasher books is no longer and Our Daily Bread had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to relocate.

        Those wonderful Graham people had the ability to not let this happen. They had other options. Move themselves to a bigger location for example.

        But no. They decided to oust two existing businesses.

  5. Vernie says:

    We are faithful patrons of C’est Cheese! Our son Jack loves the selection and everyone is super nice. Best of luck to Michael & Kathryn!

  6. Ben says:

    Great food, nice owners, and convenient location. Love the creative menu, and that they also take on classic recipes, such as grilled cheese and tomato soup. The new space is beautiful too. Love the openness to it.

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