Last week I announced that The Natural Café is opening soon in Camino Real Marketplace next to Hollister Brewing Company, in a space formerly occupied by a Hallmark store. Since then several readers asked me if The Natural Café in Old Town Goleta will be long for this world. I contacted Max Ruston, owner of the property at 5892 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, and asked about the status of his tenant. He replied “Yes, The Natural Café is closing on Hollister, probably late summer. They are monthly now and have listed their assets through Radius (equipment, license). We hope to find another restaurant and have no broker yet. The building has had many incarnations — bank, post office, laundromat, pool tavern, etc.”

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  1. JJ says:

    Ah, sad. The Natural did so well in that Old Town location and at one point was always so busy at dinner time. Seemed busy when I was there a few months ago too. I guess Camino Real Plaza is now the real “commercial center” of Goleta, and I hope Nat Caf does well in its new home. They seem to be doing well at the Hitchcock Way location too, and I hope that appearances reflect healthy business.

    I don’t know about all those other incarnations, but I remember it in the early 90s as Baltieri’s, an old-style Italian joint with live jazz on Saturdays.

  2. Jon says:

    Hate to see another local company jump ship to the mall. Old town has been a great location for this place. As an Old Town Goleta business owner I have had many a great lunch there. I am sure they are looking for a larger dinner crowd and they will most likely get it there. Bring back Baltieris or maybe Presto Pasta !!

  3. Marcia says:

    Sad to hear this. My daughter worked here for awhile, her first job. She felt the cooks were the best here in comparison to the other locations.

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