Reader Josh let me know that drive-thru Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Brew Pub, which opened at 370 Storke Road in Goleta in January 2009 in the former home of Storke Road Drive Inn, closed last Saturday. The coffee spot had expanded to three locations within a 3 block radius by 2016 then trimmed back to just the original. Of all dining destinations in Santa Barbara County, Zizzo’s happens to be the closest to my home so I walked over to confirm and saw this message for you on the front door:
A SAD DAY – ZIZZO’S IS CLOSING PERMANENTLY
To our valued and cherished customers: Due to circumstances beyond our control, it is with heavy heart that after 12 amazing years, Zizzo’s Coffee will have to close. I speak on behalf of the Zizzo’s teams past and present in saying that it has been an absolute pleasure serving you, the community.
Many customer relationships have been built over the years. We have attended customer birthday parties, weddings, and sadly, funerals. We have watched our youngest smoothie loving customers grow up to be college graduates, we have witnessed numerous first-dates, and couples fall in love and start families. We have provided a location for numerous PhD candidates to study and eventually defend their doctoral thesis; in fact, Zizzo’s has even been listed as a contributor to one PhD candidate. We have observed screenwriters pen the next situation comedy, with one of the characters actually named Zizzo. Our objective was to be local, not corporate; we hope we achieved that.
We didn’t make much money on this place, matter of fact we lost a lot of money, however we felt we were providing a much-needed community-building service. Building relationships were far more valuable to us. It was never about making a ton of money it was “Good Friends, Great Coffee” which has always been our motto and we sincerely believe we lived by that.
So long and farewell good friends, please stop us if you see us around town and say hello. Because it is you, our customer who drove us to keep this place going.
Michael and Sue Casey, Val, Sean, Tami, and hundreds of Zizzo’s staff over the years