Monthly Archives: June 2018

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Two questions: Who owned The Epicurian restaurant on Carrillo St. back in the late 80’s? (and/or who was the chef?) There was a northern Italian restaurant on, I believe, lower Bath St (on the south side of the tracks) back … Continue reading

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CUBANEO OPENING DOWNTOWN

I sent a message recently to Jesse Gaddy, co-owner of Barbareño restaurant asking about a rumor that he is bringing Cuban cuisine to 418 State Street, the former home of India House. ”We are indeed!” said Gaddy. “We are opening … Continue reading

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NICKY D’S IS NOW LILSEY’S

Reader Vickie let me know that Nicky D’s Wood-Fired Pizza at 2840 De la Vina Street is now the home of Lilsey’s Wood-Fired Pizza. I spoke with the new owner Jaime Romero and he tells me that he worked with … Continue reading

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MOLLIE”S OPENS ON STATE STREET

Mollie’s restaurant, a second location for Montecito’s famed Trattoria Mollie, a favorite of Oprah Winfrey, has opened at 1218 State Street, the former home of Tupelo Junction Café and Marcello Ristorante. “It’s the same menu as Trattoria Mollie with a … Continue reading

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CREAMISTRY SET TO LAUNCH

Founded in 2013, Creamistry, a California-based chain that specializes in made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream using all-natural and organic ingredients with more than 60 flavors and toppings – has announced the opening of a new downtown location. The new store, … Continue reading

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POP-UP

On Sunday July 1st Black Sheep restaurant will collaborate with Mosto Crudo at 7 W. Haley Street for a pop-up called “2 Chefs, No Stove.” There will be a 6 course menu with wine specials for $65. Reservations required. Call … Continue reading

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BETTINA COMING TO MONTECITO

Reader Peter passed the word that Bettina is coming to the Montecito Country Mart (called Vons Montecito Shopping Center when I was growing up nearby) in the space occupied decades ago by a restaurant named Fred C. Dobbs.  Bettina is … Continue reading

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SPYGLASS BISTRO GETS A NEW NAME

Reader Cris sent me an update for Spyglass Bistro and Bar on the 4th floor of the Hilton Garden Inn at 6878 Hollister Avenue in Goleta near Kmart: “John, Sitting here in Subway and noticed the ‘Spyglass’ in Spyglass Bistro … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT COMING TO ISLA VISTA

An ABC permit application has been filed by “Cheng An” of V Series Inc. to open a beer/wine/eating place at 901 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista, the former home of Sorriso Italiano which closed last month.

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CHICKEN IN A BARREL UPDATE

Reader Bill sent me a Goleta update: “I don’t know about the Chicken in a Barrel BBQ, 5711 Calle Real in Goleta (formerly Petrini’s). I stopped by today after a visit to Trader Joe’s and saw air ducts on the … Continue reading

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BRICKLAYER COMING TO DOWNTOWN

Reader “Insure It” tells me that an ABC permit application has been filed by Taylor Melonuk of Bricklayer LLC to open a beer/wine/eating place at 18 East Cota Street, the former home of 18 East, Globe, The Pan, Cafe Luck, … Continue reading

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RINCON BREWERY CLOSES IN ISLA VISTA

The popular Rincon Brewery in Carpinteria continues to be open for business as usual but their second location, which opened in July 2017 at 6583 Pardall Road in Isla Vista (replacing former longtime tenant Giovanni’s Pizza), has closed.

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THE CRYSTAL BALL KNOWS ALL

After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the all-knowing crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of food and drink locations appearing in your future: Bricklayer, 18 E. Cota St. (formerly Globe) Bristol Farms, 3855 … Continue reading

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GRILLED CHEESE TRUCK CLOSES IN ISLA VISTA

This just in from reader Sarah R.: “Just went by Grilled Cheese Truck in IV and they’re closed! Apparently being replaced by California Taco (but not THAT CalTaco).” Grilled Cheese Truck, which wasn’t an actual truck, opened at 956 Embarcadero … Continue reading

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TEDDY’S BY THE SEA OPENS IN CARPINTERIA

Teddy’s by the Sea restaurant has opened at 5096 Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria, the former home of The Nugget, Cielo, Cabo’s, Chuy’s, and KFC. Owners Juan and Sarah Rodriguez tell me restaurant is named after Sarah’s grandmother Theodora, or Teddy … Continue reading

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VEGAN GREEN GO OPENS UPTOWN:

Tyler Beerman, the brewmaster and manager at Conscious Kombucha, the maker of sweetened fermented teas, has created a new local business: the Mexican restaurant Vegan Green GO which opened recently at 3613 State Street, the former home of Miso Hungry … Continue reading

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CA’DARIO VELOCE PASTA OPENS IN SB PUBLIC MARKET

This just in from owner Dario Furlati: “Hi John, As an addition to Ca’Dario Veloce Pizza, we are opening Ca’Dario Veloce Pasta in the Santa Barbara Public Market [at 38 West Victoria Street]. The menu consists of some pasta dishes … Continue reading

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VONS AT LA CUMBRE PLAZA BEING REPLACED BY BRISTOL FARMS

Readers Jim and Kim let me know that Vons at 3855 State Street next to La Cumbre Plaza is closing September 14th after 51 years in business and will be replaced by Bristol Farms. I called a representative and confirmed … Continue reading

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212 HOT POT OPENS IN ISLA VISTA

Owner David Chen is a busy guy these days. He opened PokeMee in Hollister Village Plaza last year, he opened Choppa Ice Cream earlier this year, he is planning to open Choppa Poke at 716 State Street, offering Thai-style ice … Continue reading

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THE 805 DELI UPDATE

The 805 Deli at 135 East Carrillo Street closed in early January of this year with a sign that said they would reopen February 1st – then never did. Readers Mike and Jose just sent me an update: Hi John…new … Continue reading

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LOCAVORE KITCHEN OPENS DOWNTOWN

Locavore Kitchen, offering rustic, elegant California cuisine, has opened at 21 West Victoria Street, the former home of The Nugget, Arlington Tavern, Hobnob Tavern, Epiphany Restaurant & Bar, and Blue Shark Bistro. I’m told they had a huge turn-out on … Continue reading

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SUNSHINE CAFÉ OPENS UPTOWN

Things are looking bright on upper State Street. Sunshine Café has opened at 3514 State Street, the former home of Max’s Restaurant & Cucina which closed in March after 33 years in business. “70% of the menu comes from Max’s … Continue reading

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WORKER BEE CAFÉ IN GOLETA CLOSES

The Worker Bee Café in Carpinteria is open for business as usual. However, the new location which opened in September 2017 (replacing Sage & Onion Cafe) at 5599 Hollister Avenue in Old Town Goleta is gone.

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UNIBOIL COMING TO GOLETA

As soon as a sign was put up in the window at 5599 Hollister Avenue in Old Town Goleta, letting patrons know that the Worker Bee Café is closed permanently, a sign for a different restaurant joined it: Uniboil. The … Continue reading

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CADIZ CLOSES

Yelp is listing Cadiz restaurant at 509 State Street as “closed” and reservations are no longer available on Open Table. Readers tell me that Cadiz has been closed when they have walked by during business hours. Reliable sources tell me … Continue reading

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LOCAVORE KITCHEN OPENS

Readers sent me an update on the restaurant replacing The Nugget at 21 West Victoria Street: According to their Instagram account, Locavore Kitchen is now open (as of today)–just posted a few minutes ago! No menu on their website still … Continue reading

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COMING TO THE FUNK ZONE

This just in from reader Brendan: “An alcohol license sign for a ‘beer and wine eating place’ has appeared in the window of the building at 121 East Yanonali Street, formerly occupied by L’s Kitchen. There is no business name, … Continue reading

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JEANNINE’S BAKERY COMING TO GOLETA

Readers Lois, Pedro, David, and Claudia let me know that Jeannine’s Bakery is coming to Hollister Village Plaza at 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, the former home of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, which is next to Smart & Final.

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DUE, ‘LUNE CUCINA COMING TO STATE STREET

In May I wrote 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 … Continue reading

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