Readers Brendan, Kay Lee, Eric, and Mike report that Chicken in a Barrel BBQ at 5711 Calle Real in Goleta has closed. I visited the eatery when it opened in October 2018 and enjoyed a huge sampler platter of everything on the menu that took my family a week to finish. Chicken in a Barrel BBQ in Goleta was an offshoot of the popular flagship location in Kauai. Owners Alex and Jennifer Vilera are from the tropical island and wanted to bring a taste of home with them to the Goodland. The original plan was to open in a rustic shack on Fairview Avenue a few doors south of Hollister but they were told they would have to widen the road, and add a turn lane, so plans fell through.