Last April I wrote that IHOP at 4765 Calle Real in Goleta will be closing its doors and reopening in the University Plaza shopping center, home to Albertsons and the DMV. Follow-up rumors suggested that the new home of IHOP might be Itsuki restaurant in the plaza, but Itsuki was still alive and well – that is until now. Reader Roger tells me (and I confirmed) that there is a new sign on the door at Itsuki that reads:
“To our valued customers, Itsuki Japanese Restaurant permanently closed. We would like to thank all of our loyal customers who have supported us throughout the years. We are sorry to say that we must close out doors.”
Itsuki restaurant moved to the plaza at 7127 Hollister Avenue from its long-time home at 4020 Calle Real in October, 2012, replacing Baja Fresh. Reader Phil sent me a copy of a Radius brochure that confirms Itsuki will indeed be replaced by IHOP. A glance at Google maps suggests the new University Plaza space is about half the size of the location on Calle Real that it is replacing.
SAYONARA: Itsuki restaurant in the University Plaza in Goleta (next to Albertsons) has closed and will be replaced by IHOP. Photo by The Restaurant Guy. Diagram by Radius Group.