Last April I broke the news that Woody’s BBQ at 5112 Hollister Avenue in Goleta is planning to open a restaurant across town at 10 Winchester Canyon Road, the former home of Timbers restaurant. Now reader Paulette gives us the name of the eatery: Timbers Roadhouse. Remodeling is underway and there appears to be a few more months of work to do before we can celebrate the reopening of the historic building. The last incarnation of the Timbers restaurant closed in May 2011.
The story goes that following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-17, under the direction of Commander Kozo Nishino, sailed undetected into the dark waters off of the Elwood Oil Field in Goleta. On the night of February 23 1942 at 7 p.m., Nishino’s 1-17 emerged off of the Elwood Oil Field, and he ordered his men to fire at the oil storage facilities. One of shells struck the Ellwood Pier. Much of the wood from the pier was used in constructing the Timbers restaurant that was built by Tex Blankenship in 1952. I am told that many of the timbers still contain pieces of shrapnel from the torpedo bombing.
Photos by The Restaurant Guy (June 21)