The major renovation of Coast Village Plaza at 1187 Coast Village Rd in Montecito, which has been underway during the past year, is scheduled for completion very soon. Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro and Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar are the two newest commercial tenants, and when their tenant improvements are completed early next year they will join Juice Ranch, Here’s the Scoop, The Tennis Shop, UPS, Norvell Bass Cleaners, Riviera Smiles, Sequel Salon, Giovanni’s Pizza, and Richie’s Barber Shop. Renaud’s will occupy the space and patio adjacent to the new driveway on the south end of the property and Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar will occupy the space and patio downstairs formerly used by Scoops.
In less than 10 years, Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro has become a thriving, award-winning fixture in Santa Barbara, offering “a taste of Paris” with a bakery in Gelson’s Market and two other bistro locations in Santa Barbara serving breakfast and lunch. The Coast Village Plaza location will offer an expanded menu with special dinner items.
Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar is a popular Asian fusion restaurant at Santa Barbara Public Market, founded by Jerry Lee, an eight-year veteran of San Ysidro Ranch’s Stonehouse restaurant. The Coast Village Plaza location will be called Khao Kaeng by Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar. “Khao Kaeng means ‘curry on rice’ in Thai,” Lee said. “We will offer some of our popular menu items from Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar plus additional comfort specialty Thai food our Chef Nui grew up with in Thailand.”
Commercial brokers Francois DeJohn and Steve Hayes of Hayes Commercial Group have been hard at work marketing vacant spaces and searching for high-quality tenants. “Renaud’s and Empty Bowl are great additions to this ‘lifestyle center’ and to Coast Village Road,” DeJohn said. “These are local businesses that operate at a very high level and are sure to be welcomed and enjoyed by the Montecito community.”