Monthly Archives: December 2017

C’EST CHEESE CAFÉ CLOSES

The Thomas Fire hit local businesses hard when potential customers stayed away to avoid the ash and smoke permeating the South Coast. Even ever-popular C’est Cheese at 825 Santa Barbara Street was unable to escape the slowdown in traffic. Based … Continue reading

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2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

My foodie duties for the year wouldn’t be complete without summarizing activity at food & drink destinations on the South Coast. In 2017 there were 50 openings and 38 closings across the South Coast. The most openings were in September … Continue reading

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BIBI JI COMING TO STATE STREET

Reader Joe Dirt says that Chef Jessi Singh and partner Jennifer Singh will open a new downtown restaurant called Bibi Ji at 734 State Street, the former home of Relais de Paris and Ruby’s Cafe & Spirits Lounge. I’m told … Continue reading

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DICKEY’S CLOSED?

Reader Annie sent me this message: “Dickey’s BBQ in Goleta has closed as of this past weekend. Rep said the location was not good.” I tried calling Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta and was only able … Continue reading

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GOLETA SPOTLIGHT: FLIR CAFE

I recently discovered a restaurant near Kmart that is open to the public and has been around for years but had slipped under my radar even though I only live a few blocks away. FLIR Systems (pronounced “flee-er”) at 6769 … Continue reading

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FRANKLAND’S UPDATE

I received several inquires asking why the sign was taken down at Frankland’s Crab and Company, coming soon to Montecito Inn at 1295 Coast Village Road. I did some research and discovered that they decided to change the color of … Continue reading

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THE RIDGE COMING TO SOLVANG

This just in from reader Mary: “John, recently in Solvang, I noted a new restaurant has taken the space where Bacon and Brine was, at 1618 Copenhagen. Called The Ridge, the proprietors own California Taco in Nielsen Plaza, and plan … Continue reading

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THE CRYSTAL BALL KNOWS ALL

During the Thomas fire it seems that everyone was leaving town. Even my parents had to evacuate. I am happy to report that a few new folks are actually coming our way: Blue Water Grill, 15 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (formerly … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year: November 2017: Cantwell’s Summerland Market, 2580 Lillie Ave., Summerland; Eladio’s, 1 State St.; Outback Steakhouse, 5690 Calle Real, Goleta; The Nugget, 5096 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria; Tupelo … Continue reading

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A FINCH & FORK CHRISTMAS STORY

This holiday season, leave the cooking to someone else and spend more time with those that matter. For those hosting their own Christmas dinner celebration, Finch & Fork can do the cooking for you to take home. The restaurant will … Continue reading

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EPIC BREWING BUYS TELEGRAPH BREWING COMPANY

Here is a press-release from Epic Brewing: On December 6th Epic Brewing purchased Telegraph Brewing Company, Santa Barbara’s first and original craft brewery, and has announced investment plans to expand Telegraph and broaden the brewery’s reach as an additional brand … Continue reading

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IT’S SMITHY, NOT SMITH

Last week I published a press-release from Steve Hermann, owner of now-closed Somerset restaurant, 7 E. Anapamu Street, that announced the opening of Smith Kitchen + Bar and that the eatery is not open on Saturdays. Hermann sent me a … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

December 2017: Smithy Kitchen + Bar, 7 E. Anapamu St. November 2017: Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce, 38 W. Victoria St.; Hilton Garden Inn, 6878 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Miso Hungry, 134 E. Canon Perdido St.; The Deck, 6601 Hollister Ave., Goleta October … Continue reading

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SMITH KITCHEN + BAR UPDATE

Somerset restaurant at 7 East Anapamu Street, which closed after 10 months in business to try a more casual style of dining, reopened on December 5th as Smith Kitchen + Bar. Smith is a completely re-designed space with a rustic, … Continue reading

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CANTWELL’S CLOSES IN SUMMERLAND

Cantwell’s Summerland Market at 2580 Lillie Avenue opened in July 2008, and now nearly ten years later, closed its doors as its 10-year lease expires. The Cantwell’s Market & Deli on State Street continues to be open for business as … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

From reader Bruce: “We read with anguish your announcement in The Independent that Tupelo Junction closed. The only place in Santa Barbara to get hush puppies. Where are we to go for that Southern fix? An over-statement and you just … Continue reading

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