Readers Andy, Jenn, and Chompee McGillicutty tell me that Soul Cal Smokehouse inside the Santa Barbara Public Market at 38 West Victoria Street has closed. Soul Cal opened in January of this year. Here is a message to patrons from owner Justin West:
To those of you who answered the call in our last email, Thank You! The turnout of support from the core members of this email list is so amazing. I appreciate that you allow me to speak honestly and cook from my heart. You always have, so Thank You again for that.
I am writing today however, with unfortunate news… Carter and I have decided to close Soul Cal Smokehouse. Without going into detail, it’s just not making enough money and we are fresh out of capital to continue on. Sometimes as a professional in any industry you have to know when to walk away and regroup and this feels like the time. I guess there’s a reason that Santa Barbara doesn’t have (not one) REAL (underline) BBQ Restaurant… Those of you who came through know just how good it was and Man o Man those smoked meats were so damn good…
Ok, so.. What is next?! Well, I am not really sure yet. I have a couple ideas, neither of which involve another restaurant of my own. Both of which could be good for you from a knowledge and consumption stand point… More on that around the first of the year.
Thank You again for all of your support over the years. Thank you for celebrating your Birthday’s & Anniversaries with me. Thank you for inviting me into your home to cook for your family, for spending Holidays at my establishments…
For those of you who followed me from Julienne, to Wildwood, to Soul Cal, THANK YOU THE MOST!!! Your loyalty was unconditional and I want you to know It did not go unnoticed.
I look forward to cooking for you!! Please keep me in mind for dinner parties, small scale catering, cooking classes, farmers market strolls, consulting… This is the direction I intend on heading and I can’t wait to share more about that with you!!
Justin West (left) and crew at the California Brew and BBQ Festival last month