Reader Primetime tells me that Jeannine’s Bakery, known as one of the best breakfast and lunch spots in town, will be opening a new location at 1 State Street, the former home of State Street Coffee (which closed on May 31), Due Lune Ristorante and Bar, Eladio’s, A & W Root Beer, and Sunny’s Hamburger Stand. This will be the 4th location for the popular eatery that serves customers at 1253 Coast Village Road in Montecito, 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta (next to Smart & Final) and 3607 State Street which is currently closed for renovation. Their outlet at 15 East Figueroa Street closed last December and will soon be the home of Hook & Press. The friendly staff from State Street Coffee will be joining Jeannine’s when it opens July 1st.
The new seaside Jeannine’s Bakery is at the intersection of several longtime local names: the Romasanta family, which has owned the Harbor View Inn and adjoining restaurant property since 1982, the Hardey family which has run Jeannine’s Bakery since 1985, and the Bottoms family, whose member James “Bud” Bottoms created the iconic dolphin sculpture atop the fountain at Stearns Wharf in 1985.
“We’re very excited to be here at One State Street, in the corridor that shows off our beautiful town,” says co-owner Alison Hardey. “To be the first thing many people see, and that we happen to be local for more than 30 years, and have become part of the Santa Barbara fabric, we feel that it is an honor.” In addition to countless locals, and tourists that drive here from central and southern California, the area was visited by over 50 cruise ships each year before the pandemic.
Accompanying the building that wraps around the corner of State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard is a large outdoor patio overlooking Stearns Wharf and West Beach, and a full bar. The bakery supporting the new waterfront Jeannine’s (and eventually all local Jeannine’s) will be located next door on the Harbor View Inn property. Visit jeannines.com.
Photos by The Restaurant Guy