Monthly Archives: April 2018

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

I ran into a couple of friendly folks recently that had each closed down local restaurants in the recent past. Donna Mudge ran Sojourner Cafe at 134 East Canon Perdido Street for decades. While dining at Cold Spring Tavern recently … Continue reading

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BILTMORE UPDATE

Reader Steve H. says that The Four Seasons Biltmore, and its restaurants, will officially reopen on June 1st. The world famous Montecito resort was damaged by the January debris flows exactly one day after reopening from a month-long closure and … Continue reading

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LA ARCADA UPDATE

This just in from reader Mary: “The Arcada Bistro space was recently leased by Brendan Searls, formerly with Dargans and Brendans Irish Pub, and currently with Viva Modern Mexican. He’ll be opening an upscale Italian concept of his Pizza Mizza … Continue reading

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OLD TOWN COFFEE COMING TO GOLETA

A tipster let me now that a sign has appeared for Old Town Coffee at 5877 Hollister Avenue in Goleta. Future details will be posted at otcoffeeshop.com.

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NUGGET TO SEAFOOD?

I am hearing that Carpinteria’s KFC-Chuys-Cabo’s-Cielo-Nugget building at 5096 Carpinteria Avenue will next be the home of upper end seafood. This news has not been confirmed but I do my best to keep you on the cutting edge of restaurant … Continue reading

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THE SPACE FORMERLY-KNOWN AS OUTBACK UPDATE

Outback Steakhouse at 5690 Calle Real in Goleta closed their doors last November after many years in business. Word on the street is that The Towbes Group, the owners of the property, will soon announce a new tenant.

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BEAR AND STAR ANNIVERSARY

The Bear and Star, serving “Refined Ranch Cuisine” inspired by the Parker family at the eponymous Fess Parker Inn, 2860 Grand Avenue in Los Olivos, has announced the celebration of their one year anniversary with a birthday BBQ bash on … Continue reading

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LOS ARROYOS COMING TO SOLVANG

Reader Tyler recently discovered that the popular Los Arroyos restaurant, available locally downtown, in Goleta and in Montecito, will be opening a location this June in Solvang at 992 Old Mission Drive #110 and #120. Co-owner and founder Maria Rickard … Continue reading

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SNEAK PEEK

The windows are partially papered over at the former home of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 7060 Hollister Avenue, in Goleta, and I peeked inside to see if there is any new construction for a future business. Verdict: Goleta Dickey’s is mostly … Continue reading

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STARBUCKS UPDATE

The Restaurant Guy lives near Costco in Goleta but sometime ends up at neighboring supermarket Albertsons at 7127 Hollister Avenue when I don’t need to buy groceries by the pallet. While stopping in for a box of Grapenut Flakes I … Continue reading

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CODY’S BAR RETURNS

Reader Kay Lee sent me an update from Goleta: “In the ongoing odd saga of Cody’s Cafe, liquor license-no liquor license, open for dinner-closed for dinner-open for dinner again; today I received an email from Cody’s stating that they again … Continue reading

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C’EST CHEESE UPDATE

This just in from reader Jonathan: “Hi. I was in C’est Cheese today [at 825 Santa Barbara Street]. They are doing ‘grab-n-go’ sandwiches as of a couple of weeks ago. Some other changes afoot too.”

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CHOPPA CHANGES

Owner David Chen is a busy guy these days. He opened PokeMee in Hollister Village Plaza last year, he opened Choppa Ice Cream in the same area last week, and he has two more restaurants in the pipeline: Choppa Poke … Continue reading

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SPEAKING OF POKE

The Restaurant Gal and Kid recently dined at PokeCeviche in the Paseo Nuevo mall and hear that they now accept the Axxess card and have launched a rewards program.

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MEZZA THYME

Reader Primetime says that an ABC ownership application under the name Mezza Thyme has appeared at 20 East Cota Street, the former home of Nectar and Blue Agave.

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SNEAK PEEK

Vegan Greengo coming to 3613 State Street

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FINNEY’S OPENS ON THE WATERFRONT

Readers Jason, Brendan, and Primetime let me know that Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen has opened in the newly renovated Hotel Californian at 35 State Street, in the space once occupied by Rocky Galenti’s Bar & Restaurant. This is the second … Continue reading

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CHICKEN IN A BARREL CONFIRMED

Two weeks ago I wrote that reader Bill says that the former home of Petrini’s at 5711 Calle Real in Goleta might be the future home of Chicken in a Barrel BBQ. A coming-soon sign for Chicken in a Barrel … Continue reading

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BLUE OWL UPDATE

Reader Rocky sent me this message last Saturday night: “John, There is a Change of Ownership notice in the window of Blue Owl [at 5 West Canon Perdido Street]. The person taking orders said she was told not to comment. … Continue reading

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SPORTSMAN LOUNGE UPDATE

This just in from reader Steve H.: “The venerable dive bar, The Sportsman, is closed, and its iconic neon sign is gone. Rumor has it that a steakhouse will take its place.” I called the venue and the phone number … Continue reading

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ENIGMA COMING TO DOWNTOWN

Reader Steve H. is on a roll. He also tells me that Enigma is coming to 23 E. Canon Perdido (next to the Lobero). It will be a wine bar and also offer small plates.

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CHOPPA ICE CREAM OPENS IN GOLETA

Reader Cris let me know that Thai dessert shop Choppa Ice Cream opened on March 31 in Hollister Village Plaza at 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta next to Pickles and Swiss. Thai-style rolled ice cream, a new type of ice … Continue reading

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NEW SI CHUAN GARDEN OPENS ON DE LA VINA

Yen Ching restaurant at 2840 De la Vina Street closed on January 29th. Readers Annie and Dianne tell me that the replacement Chinese restaurant, New Si Chuan Garden, has now opened and has a “Grand Opening” banner outside.

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FRANKLAND’S CRAB & CO. OPENS FRIDAY AT THE MONTECITO INN

After the rebuilding following the devastating debris flows, Frankland’s Crab & Co. at the Montecito Inn opens Friday, April 6th. Scratch|Restaurants, the restaurant group known for its multiple restaurants in Encino (Scratch|Bar, Sushi|Bar, Woodley Proper), combines the talents of chef-owners … Continue reading

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BILTMORE AND SYR UPDATE

This just in from reader Gary: “John, I don’t know if you’ve already reported this but I was told yesterday by a Biltmore employee that the hotel and restaurants will now not reopen until the summer because of the damage … Continue reading

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GIVING ROOST A BOOST

Readers tell me that the previously unnamed restaurant, coming to 1305 State Street, the former long-time home of Downey’s, will be called Roost.

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VINEYARD HOUSE CLOSES

Reader Annie let me know that The Vineyard House Restaurant at 3631 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez closed on March 10th.

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