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 on a tip from reader Dad, I called the restaurant and was told that the café portion of C’est Cheese is indeed closed. A note about it is published on their web site cestcheese.com: “It is with great sadness, however, that due to the effects of the Thomas Fire that we must announce the indefinite closure of the C’est Cheese Café.” I’m told that they will reassess the situation in early 2018. The main cheese store continues to be open along with the catering service. The café was added to C’est Cheese in May, 2014.
Started in 2003 by Michael and Kathryn Graham, C’est Cheese has built up a large and loyal fan base. Many restaurants source all of their cheeses at C’est Cheese and they have a regular following of people who come in every week or two to get their cheeses. Saturday is their biggest day.