Readers JK and John Paul let me know that Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant at 254 Orange Avenue, an icon in Goleta since 1958 that closed after a kitchen fire in December 2020, reopened today to nearly a full house during their very first lunch. The eatery used the unexpected closing as an opportunity to do an extensive two-year remodel, including putting on a new roof. Hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-9.p.m. I am told there have been a few changes to the menu but it remains mostly the same. Call (805) 967-0313 or visit pepesgoleta.com.
The remodeled Pepe’s in Goleta. Photos by The Restaurant Guy