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, there was an eviction notice posted from the SB Superior Court.  What a shock!  They have been around for years.  Will miss their walnut shrimp dish.” I tried calling to confirm but their phone number is disconnected. Their web site says Empress Palace is open for business as usual.

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7 Responses to AN EMPIRE FALLS

  1. ThisGirl says:

    Not wishing anyone a lack of success, but perhaps this is for the better, as the prices listed on their menu were completely out of sync with other like-restaurants ($18 for a plate of soy chicken, etc.?). I couldn’t help but feel they were trying to “cash in” on unsuspecting travelers via their off-ramp location. For many years that spot was a Mexican restaurant, but regardless of who comes in next, I hope it will be good food reasonably priced, as it’s a perfect place to stop in after the beach or meet friends “in the middle” between SB and Goleta.

  2. Don says:

    They were my parents favorite place, but as was mentioned their prices got so high we stopped frequenting there.

    To give them some slack, I heard the rent was enormous. Same thing happening all around Santa Barbara.

  3. Deb says:

    It would be a perfect indoor/outdoor seating Mexican Food, with cocktails and a casual menu! The atmosphere was very grim, and needs some serious remodeling…but I think the possibilities are endless!

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