Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year:

  • February 2024: Taza Mediterranean Street Kitchen, 413 State St. (changing to an Italian restaurant)
  • January 2024: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 5745 Calle Real, Goleta; Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Santa Barbara Airport (now Santa Barbara Roasting Company); Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant, 216 East Yanonali St.; Pea Soup Andersen’s, 376 Ave of Flags, Buellton (under new ownership, plans to reopen after renovation); Rockfire Grill, 6583 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista
  • December 2023: Santa Barbara Sunshine Café, 3514 State St. (moved to 5711 Calle Real, Goleta); Sushi Go Go, Santa Barbara Harbor (possibly changing to a clam bar run by Brophy Bros.)
  • November 2023: Juniper on Fourth, 478 4th Place, Solvang
  • October 2023: Elena’s Kitchen, 738 State St.
  • September 2023: Mokutan, 716 State St. (now Best BBQ); Hollister Brewing Co., 6980 Marketplace Dr., Goleta (changing to Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen); Uptown Lounge, 3126 State St.
  • August 2023: Oppi’z Bistro and Natural Pizza, 1026 State St. (changing to Indian Tandoori Kingdom); Pueblo Pollo, 2984 State St. (moved to 6578 Trigo Road, Isla Vista)
  • July 2023: Courthouse Tavern, 129 East Anapamu St. (now Cafe La Fonda); Mr B Restaurant & Café, 140 S. Hope Ave.
  • May 2023: California Tacos and Taproom, 956 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista; Fresco Café, 23 E. Canon Perdido St. (changing to Santa Barbara County wineries, Lieu Dit and Tyler)
  • April 2023: Creamistry, 935 State St. (now Mister Softee); Pizza Online Company, 5756 Calle Real, Goleta
  • March 2023: Natural Café, 508 State St. (changing to Nick the Greek)

NATURAL SELECTION: Natural Café at 508 State Street, which closed one year ago this month after decades in business, will be replaced by Nick the Greek restaurant.

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