Monthly Archives: May 2018

SIP & SWIRL AT CANARY

Finch & Fork and the Canary Hotel at 31 W Carrillo Street have kicked-off summer with the return of their popular wine tasting series, Sip & Swirl. Locals and guests are invited to taste regional wines set to stunning views … Continue reading

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EAST BEACH GRILL REINCARNATED

Reader Lynn says that locals like me who were saddened by the closure of East Beach Grill in January will be happy to know that the former owner is now serving the same breakfast menu, including his amazing blueberry wheat … Continue reading

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TAP THAI BRINGS BACK LUNCH

Reader Brendan passed the word that TAP Thai restaurant at 3130 State Street, which had previously stopped its lunch service, has restarted it.

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WATERFRONT UPDATE

Reader Steve H. let me know that Third Wave Hospitality has published a information related to a couple of restaurants coming to (and near) the former home of El Torito on the waterfront. Third Wave says that their Cabrillo Project … Continue reading

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ALPHIE’S REOPENS

Alphie’s Restaurant in Goleta reopened today after repairs from a fire a few months ago.

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SORRISO ITALIANO TO CLOSE

Readers Bob and Annie let me know that Sorriso Italiano at 901 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista, which opened in July 2013, closes this month. Here is a message from the owners: “Dear Friends, On Tuesday 29th of May … Continue reading

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DOWNTOWN CHIPOTLE TO CLOSE

Reader Annie says that Chipotle at 723 State Street has posted a sign announcing that their last day in business is May 27th. The La Cumbre Plaza and Goleta locations are open for business as usual.

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FURNITURE SALE

This is your last chance to grab a few things for sale at 18 East Cota Street, former home of Globe lounge. Items offered include couches, tables, chairs, Moroccan tile patio tables, lighting, antiques and unique décor from all over … Continue reading

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LOST AT SEA

Reader Annie says that the late night (9 p.m.) happy hour menu announced at the launch of the new Islands restaurant in La Cumbre Plaza has suddenly disappeared. I called the restaurant and confirmed the news.

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BREWHOUSE CELEBRATION

This just in from owner Pete Johnson: “Hi John, The Brewhouse turns twenty this month.  We’ve been running a special all month long (Monday -Thursday). The special offers choice of 2 items and 2 beers for $19.98 including Gorgonzola Salad, … Continue reading

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TRATTORIA MOLLIE REPLACING TUPELO JUNCTION CAFE

Reader Primetime fired the first shot by texting me that Trattoria Mollie in Montecito is looking to open a location on State Street. Reader Peter added more detail: “I noticed that the space occupied by Trattoria Mollie has come up … Continue reading

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SUBWAY AT STATE AND MISSION TO CLOSE

Reader Chad says that he was on the bus recently and I saw a “closing May 23rd” sign on the Subway at 1936 State Street next to the 7-Eleven at Mission Street. I called the restaurant and confirmed the news. … Continue reading

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JERSEY MIKE’S COMING TO CARP

Reader Primetime was in the Casitas Shopping Center in Carpinteria and spotted a sign at 1054 Casitas Pass Road, next to Little Caesar’s and CVS, that says a Jersey Mike’s Subs is coming soon.

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WILDWOOD MUSEUM CAFE CLOSES SATURDAY

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Wildwood Museum Café which opened at 1130 State Street in March serves its last meal this Saturday. Here is a message from owner Justin West: Hi John, I hope you are well. I just … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year: May 2018: Empress Palace, 2251 Las Positas Rd.; Peet’s Coffee, 1131 State St.; Wildwood Café, 1130 State St. April 2018: None that I know of March … Continue reading

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FIRE AT MATTEI’S TAVERN

Last week I reported that the restaurant at historical Mattei’s Tavern at 2350 Railway Avenue in Los Olivos was planning to close June 5th. This week I am sad to report that there was a kitchen fire at Mattei’s Tavern … Continue reading

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ROOST UPDATE

I finally found contact info for the new Roost restaurant at 1305 State Street. Hours are Monday – Saturday  5:30 p.m. to Close. Visit roostsb.com or call 845-6337

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AN EMPIRE FALLS

Sad news from reader Rondi: “For John Dickson, The Restaurant Guy in the Independent: We went to Empress Palace [at 2251 Las Positas Road] Wednesday for lunch and there was a ‘closed’ sign on the front door.  Upon further inspection, … Continue reading

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DOWNTOWN PEET’S TO CLOSE

This just in from reader Maureen: “The Peetniks in town, myself included, are going to be really bummed when Peet’s Coffee downtown [at 1131 State Street] closes next Friday, which an employee told me yesterday was going to happen. The … Continue reading

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TRE LUNE COMING TO THE WATERFRONT

Sources tell me that Gene Montesano, owner of Tre Lune Ristorante & Bar at 1151 Coast Village Road in Montecito (as well as Joe’s Cafe,  Lucky’s, and D’Angelo Bakery) has signed a lease to bring a Tre Lune location to … Continue reading

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FALA BAR COMING SOMEWHERE

Reader Anita says she spotted a message on Instagram that said Fala Bar vegan restaurant at 7751 1/2 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood will be opening a second location in Santa Barbara. The exact address has yet to be revealed. … Continue reading

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ABC ON DLV

Reader Annie spotted an ABC liquor license application on posted at Handlebar Coffee at 2720 De la Vina Street.

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STARBUCKS SET TO OPEN

A new Starbucks opens May 14th inside Albertsons Market at 7127 Hollister Avenue next to Costco. I’m told that you might get a free drink before opening day if you happen to stop by while workers are training.

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THE SPACE FORMERLY KNOWN AS ITALIAN AND GREEK DELI UPDATE

This just in from reader Primetime: “Verizon has now closed at 636 State Street. For years it was the famous Italian and Greek Deli with the oil soaked delicious torpedo subs. The deli closed in 2007.” Perhaps this space has … Continue reading

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MATTEI’S TAVERN UPDATE

Last fall we reported that Mattei’s Tavern Restaurant, built in 1886 as a stage coach stop by Felix Mattei, has been purchased by Brian and Shamra Strange, with the restaurant leased by Chef Maili Halme which opened in December. Last … Continue reading

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VICENTAS COMING TO CAMINO REAL MARKETPLACE

This just in from reader Cris: “Hey John, A couple day ago I was listening to KJEE, and I swear I heard John Palminteri announce that the now-closed Pascucci in Goleta is going to turned into a new restaurant by … Continue reading

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ROOST OPENS NEAR THE ARLINGTON

Reader Tony and other informative folks tell me that Roost restaurant has opened at 1305 State Street, the former long-time home of Downey’s. I stopped by a few times during the lunch hour and at 8 p.m. last Saturday and … Continue reading

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TROT OVER TO GLOBE

On Saturday May 12th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. there will be a lounge furniture and décor sale at 18 East Cota Street, the former home of Globe.

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BREWHOUSE UPDATE

Reader “Goleta Welcome Matt” tells me that The Brewhouse at 229 West Montecito Street is having specials all month long to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

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PALACE GRILL CELEBRATES 33RD ANNIVERSARY DURING MAY

This just in from manager Errol Williams of the Palace Grill at 8 East Cota Street: “Hello John, We are celebrating our 33rd anniversary with a special prix fix 3-course menu for $33.00, starting now through the end of May. … Continue reading

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