Readers tell me that Cody’s Cafe at 4898 Hollister Avenue in Goleta has stopped serving dinner except for parties of 15 or more, and will no longer serve liquor but will still offer beer and wine:

  • Reader Annie 1: “Cody’s cafe selling liquor license “
  • Reader Roger: “Cody’s Cafe at Turnpike & Hollister, which had been open for dinner for many years, is now serving breakfast and lunch only (hours 6 am – 3 pm) effective Monday, June 5. Their web site and Yelp listing has only partially been revised. Rumor is that they have sold their liquor license.”
  • Reader Alisa: “Hi John: after a change of ownership/management about a year ago, Cody’s Cafe at the corner of Turnpike & Hollister has discontinued serving dinner.  What’s the story there?”
  • Reader Annie 2: “I went to Cody’s in Goleta for dinner yesterday, only to find a sign on the door stating that as of Monday (June 5) they close at 3:30pm.  Any idea what’s going on?”
  • Reader Mike: “A sign on the door at Cody’s says that as of June 5, they will no longer be open for dinner.  They will open for parties of 15 or more only for dinner.  New hours are 6-3.”
  • Reader Maureen: “We planned to meet a friend for dinner at Cody’s last night, but there was a sign on the door. New hours are 6:00AM – 3:00PM. They’re only open for dinner for parties of 15 or more. So sad”
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  1. Rex Of SB says:

    Let’s hope it doesn’t become another “events center.”

  2. Christine says:

    No pertinent info to share, but Annie 2 might want to get her eyes checked.

  3. Chaz says:

    Cody’s web site confirms new hours as 6 am – 3 pm.

  4. Dude says:

    Being a long time regular and local at Cody’s for a good 20 years, I’m saddened and disappointed about the current situation. I can confirm that they have indeed stopped selling hard alcohol as of June 5th. and will be beer and wine only now. There were many rumors for several weeks prior from both staff and patrons about both dinner and booze possibly ending but nothing was ever confirmed either way by management. I’m not sure what the future holds but if they end up closing down that will be a real sane.

  5. Santa Barbarian says:

    Wage pressure is going to kill many 2nd or 3rd tier offerings in many SB-area restaurants. Most people don’t understand that the restaurant payroll (not cost of food & beverage, rent, utilities, etc.) is the biggest expense and is growing exponentially, much faster than a restaurant can absorb.

    Inexpensive food concepts, at least in sit-down, full-service restaurants (of any caliber) has become too costly to support. Once CA hits $15/hr after 2021 closures of under-performing meal periods will be widespread. It’s not that ‘people’ aren’t “worth” $15/hr it’s that it’s not a sustainable business model.

    • debbie says:

      Absolutely correct.
      Most People think when you go out to eat you pay for the food….WRONG!
      What is on your plate (Almost) doesn’t matter anymore. If it’s a Huevo Ranchero, a Ceasar Salad or a bowl of Pasta. The Restaurants have to charge you for sitting down and being served! Food cost, especially on inexpensive things like Rice, Beans, Bread, Produce,etc are irrelevant! Payroll, Work Comp, Rent, Health insurance are the real costs here!

      But why they stop dinner and booze doesn’t make sense.
      That is where the money is to be made, I think……

  6. B says:

    Serving alcohol is a big money maker for most restaurants. Im really surprised by this as any night of the week you could stop into Codys for dinner and it was always very busy. Most of the people working there have worked there for many years…my sadness is for them losing work. Those of us in the neighborhood will really miss Codys for dinner

  7. Chaz says:

    Looks like liquor license was transferred to David William Kellam last October.

  8. JP says:

    Was at Cody’s yesterday. Still serving liquor for approx. the next 30 days while license is transferred. After that it will be just beer and wine. Some of the servers are looking for other jobs.

  9. Ray Goldenberg says:

    Liquor Licenses are worth lots of $$$$. This is why they are sold so the owners can generate cash. Everyone mentions the cost of labor and they are correct. With the rise of labor costs and the expenses of the mandated benefits, taxes, etc restaurants are looking to cut out the 2nd shift that is required for dinner service.

  10. joe says:

    $200,000.00 plus for a liquor license in Santa Barbara County. If Cody’s sales were mostly breakfast and lunch then it was a smart move to sell it at this time. The bar was never really pumping out cocktails and the patrons will be fine with beer and wine during lunch.

  11. Dana Cisneros says:

    Cody’s is now open for dinner again, Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant hours are now Sunday and Monday 6 AM to 3 PM. Tuesday through Saturday 6 AM to 9 PM. Cody’s will no longer serve hard alcohol but has an excellent beer and wine selection along with margaritas and Bloody Marys.

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