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.

Owners Michael and Kathryn Graham at the opening of C’est Café in May, 2014

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  1. Sbmizzou says:

    This is horrible news. This place is a great example of great local owners, creative idea/design, and very good food. I hope they are back.

    It’s been a rough month for downtown businesses.

  2. NC says:

    Oh no!!!!!! This is heartbreaking!!!!!!

  3. Hefe says:

    Always sad to see a small business close. They must have been on the bubble to have one bad month knock them out. Always secure credit when you don’t need it bc no one will give it to you when you do.

  4. cheersbeers says:

    Hope they come back stronger than ever!

  5. Maureen Dougherty says:

    We walked by Pascucci’s in the Camino Real Marketplace and they had a closed sign on the door. Are they gone?

  6. Ken and Alex Palley says:

    Thank goodness the main store will still be around. They have the best cheese and it is well cared for and they always give excellency advice.

  7. LovesLocalEateries says:

    The cheese shop portion of the business is still open! I’ve been in several times in the past few weeks to support Kathryn and Michael. Eager and hopeful to see the cafe reopen as soon as possible!

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