Reader Gary let me know that Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen at 982 South Westlake Boulevard in Westlake Village is planning to open a location in Santa Barbara. Owner Greg Finefrock tells me that the business plans to open in December in the newly renovated Hotel Californian at 35 State Street. Here is a description of the restaurant from their web site:

“Located in Westlake Village, California, Finney’s is a locally owned and operated restaurant and bar that brings upscale cooking to casual dining. Our local, seasonal ingredients are the soul of our culinary inspired American fare. Keeping it fresh, flavorful and at times, unexpected, are the goals we plan on continuing to hit with our first-class friendly service, menu, and bar. We offer 30 craft beers on draft, a full bar featuring hand-crafted cocktails, fine California wines, and seven HDTVs for sports viewing. We are also kid-friendly, family-friendly, and dogs are always welcome on our patio. The combination of chef-inspired food and our craft bar makes Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen a comfortable and inviting gastropub that attracts guests of all types – especially a local crowd who can feel right at home, whether ordering a classic favorite or trying a new culinary delight! A great passion goes into every plate that passes through our kitchen to your table, and each dish is made from scratch and contains the best local ingredients we could find. Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen is open for lunch & dinner, with Monday-Friday happy hour specials.”


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  1. Eric says:

    The Yelp reviews look like it will be a great addition

  2. Ted says:

    Been to to Westlake location a bunch. Better than average gastropub food, a decent selection of semi-local beers. I don’t know if I’d make a trip all the way to the beach to enjoy it, but I’m sure it will do decent business with all the foot traffic down there.

  3. Foodie Dan says:

    They will have to be strong to survive the opening of The Californian and the Entrada!

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