Chef Harold Welch will soon be opening Embermill at 1031 State Street (formerly Aldo’s and the Copper Coffee Pot) offering Caribbean Creole cuisine. Welch’s runs a similar restaurant in Solvang named Hummingbird. I am told that a wood-burning oven at Embermill will be the centerpiece and visible from State Street.
Welch operated Harold’s Caribbean Kitchen on De la Vina Street in 2015 and featured popups around town. Originally from Barbados, West Indies, Welch has come “through the ranks” in the restaurant industry. In Santa Barbara, he has worked at the San Ysidro Ranch, Citronelle, and La Cumbre Country Club. Welch always wanted to offer healthy food to fellow diabetics, and in 2005, he created his business, World Cuisine Express, for that purpose.