I just returned from two weeks in the Philippines, on the island of Leyte, where I watched my adopted daughter Pauline graduate from high school as the class valedictorian. In my inbox when I got home was some sad news that Derf’s restaurant, at 2000 De la Vina Street, is going out of business. Reader Primetime spotted a Facebook message from Derf’s employee Brenda Roman who wrote: “To our beloved Santa Barbara community, Derf’s Cafe will be closing its doors after 47 years.” The iconic eatery is holding a farewell on Tuesday, June 4th at 5 p.m. The owner reportedly says he can no longer afford to stay in business due to skyrocketing rent.

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  1. eliza says:

    Love Derf’s but come on he can’t blame the rent….he’s had 47 years in the biz, it’s time for retirement!

  2. Bill says:

    I’m going to miss Derfs. One of my go to spots.
    I have to say, I could rarely get anyone to join me. I think with not a tremendous amount of effort it could have been cleaned, some paint, deferred maintenance and maybe sales volume would justify market rent.

  3. Mary B says:

    Article on another website quotes owner saying he is being evicted. The landlords own the cannabis business next door and would only renew the lease if Derf’s have them their liquor license…

  4. ednsb says:

    Derf’s has been a go-to for me for over 35 years. I am sad to see them go and if the story that the landlord would only renew if they gave (not sold) them their liquor license is true then shame on them for a blatant greed grab. I feel for anyone stupid enough to deal with this landlord.

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