Monthly Archives: June 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.