I received stunning news from reader Marty C. early this afternoon: Fresco Cafe has closed permanently. The restaurant moved from their long time home in Five Points last year to the downtown area. Here is a message from management that I have been asked to share with you:
In the twenty-eight years we have been in business we have made many friends and served thousands of customers. We remain very grateful for the opportunity to serve Santa Barbara for these many years. We have been fortunate to work with the best group of people anyone could hope for. We ask that you continue to support small businesses here in Santa Barbara, as they are the center of the community that connects all of us. Best wishes from the Brouillard Family and the Fresco Staff.
I have been enjoying Fresco Cafe since the 1990s and my wife and I continued to visit often. So many great memories and wonderful meals at Fresco. She has been tasked with recreating their Hot Mushroom Combo, my favorite sandwich in town, which apparently is now just a memory. She tells me it can be done which is keeping me from falling into despair.