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COLD SPRING TAVERN UPDATE

Reader Primetime says that the Cold Spring Tavern won’t be serving dinner this summer: Changes are coming up above Santa Barbara for the iconic Cold Spring Tavern. The Tavern says – -new summer hours!! We will be extending our restaurant … Continue reading

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SUSHI GO GO REOPENS

Here is an update from reader Primetime: At just 200 square feet, Sushi Go Go in the Santa Barbara Harbor has one of the smallest restaurants sites in Santa Barbara. It was closed for six months for remodeling and has … Continue reading

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NEW DRIVE-IN CONCEPT FROM 7-ELEVEN

Reader Derek let me know that a car plowed into a western Goleta 7-Eleven and added the commentary: “I remember when it happened TWICE in the same year to a 7-11 on Upper State! Maybe 15 years ago. Finally the … Continue reading

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RUMOR MILL

Her is an inquiry from reader M.D: Heard a rumor that McConnell’s Ice Cream is opening in Five Points next to Little Alex’s. Any truth to this? Thank you.

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LITTLE DOM’S BBQ SERIES

Here is a press release from Carpinteria for you: We’re pleased to announce that Little Dom’s Seafood, a top locally-sourced seafood destination in Carpinteria, will bring back its annual Summer BBQ Series on Saturday, June 8 from 12pm – 4pm … Continue reading

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“THE POST” UPDATE

Reader IMissRexOfSB says that realtor Caitlin Hensel has posted news that two restaurants are coming to The Post, a re-imagined business complex next to the bird refuge. They are Jemma di Mare (Italian American Seafood) and a new restaurant from … Continue reading

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NORTON’S CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

This just in from 18 West Figueroa Street: Hi John, this is Filippo, the owner at Norton’s Pastrami & Deli. This year we’re celebrating 20 years in business. As an appreciation to our amazing Santa Barbara community we will offer … Continue reading

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TEDDY RICE TO REPLACE ROSARITO

Here is some Isla Vista news from reader Brendan: Isla Vista stalwart Rosarito closed a few months ago, and now a sign is up for something called “Teddy Rice”.  It looks like they’re redoing the interior.  

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ARNOLDI’S CAFE CLOSES AFTER 87 YEARS

Reader Primetime tells me that one of the oldest restaurants in Santa Barbara, Arnoldi’s Café, which was founded by Giuseppe and Ilda Arnold in 1937, at 421 East Cota Street, has closed after the death of co-owner David Peri. The … Continue reading

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TRATTORIA VITTORIA TO CLOSE

Reader Jennifer M. let me know that Trattoria Vittoria, which opened at 30 East Victoria Street in March 2007, is closing. A sign on the window reads: Trattoria Vittoria Closed. Last days Fri/Sat. Unfortunately, we are closing down and unable … Continue reading

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JAMBA JUICE CLOSES

Reader Brendan tells me that that Jamba Juice on the UCSB campus next to the bookstore closed a few months ago.

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SOCIAL EATS CLOSES IN ISLA VISTA

Even though their grand opening was just last August, I received news from reader Brendan that things didn’t go well at Social Eats: I noticed Social Eats at 6521 Pardall Road in Isla Vista seemed to be closed every time … Continue reading

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WINE DINNER SERIES

Cuyama Buckhorn at 4923 Primero Street in New Cuyama is having a wine dinner series in June, August, and October. Visit cuyamabuckhorn.com

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FESS PARKER THAI DINNER

Here is a press-release from Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard: CHEF IN RESIDENCE: NA NA THAI DINNER Saturday, June 15 ~ 6:00pm Join us on June 15th for an exclusive dinner in the winery fireplace room with Nik and Ashley … Continue reading

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BRANDER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

For details and reservations visit brander.com

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STICA COMING TO SANTA YNEZ

STICA, the newest Santa Ynez Valley dining concept from the team behind S.Y. Kitchen and Nella Kitchen & Bar, and part of Toscana Restaurant Group, is slated to open in the town of Santa Ynez, California, summer of 2024. Located … Continue reading

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ACME EXPANDING TO SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Here is a press-release from Acme Hospitality, owners of The Lark, La Paloma Cafe, and other local eateries: Acme Hospitality, renowned for its distinctive restaurants and hotels across California, proudly unveils its latest endeavor, La Vaquera. Positioned as an elevated … Continue reading

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ZOO BREW RETURNS

The Santa Barbara Zoo has announced the return of Zoo Brew, the annual fundraiser that caters to beer and zoo lovers alike. Zoo Brew will take place on Saturday, June 1 from 4-7 p.m., with a VIP hour from 3-4 … Continue reading

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BETTINA POPUP AT PEASANTS DELI

On Wednesday, May 22, Peasants Deli in Solvang with collaborate with Bettina Pizzeria of Montecito on a special sandwich pop-up. From 11 a.m. until sold out, Peasants Deli at 473 Atterdag Road will feature two special items plus a limited … Continue reading

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CAGAMI RAMEN OPENING NEXT TO SMART & FINAL

In April I broke the news that Cagami Ramen, a popular restaurant in Camarillo that serves authentic Japanese Ramen Noodle, is planning to open a location in Goleta. Sources recently told me the exact address but I have been asked … Continue reading

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‘WHITE CAPS’ COMING TO SUMMERLAND

Reader Peter B. sent me this message about a new Summerland food option opening just to the left side of The Nugget. “Construction and landscaping have been going on for several weeks as the new ‘White Caps’ dining area is … Continue reading

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MOTHER’S DAY WITH PASCUCCI

Here is a message from Pascucci at 509 State Street: Hi John, Looking forward to the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend, to celebrate our amazing Moms, Pascucci will be offering our fresh tangerine mimosas again this year for $5 all day … Continue reading

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CELEBRATE MOM WITH A RUSTY’S HEART-SHAPED PIZZA

Order mom a slice of love this Mother’s Day. Surprise her with a Rusty’s Heart-Shaped Pizza (created from a large pizza). “Available May 10th – 12th for $29.95, it’s the perfect blend of flavor and affection,” says the legendary local … Continue reading

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MOTHER’S DAY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH AT SAN YSIDRO RANCH

San Ysidro Ranch’s Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch will be hosted at their acclaimed Stonehouse Restaurant. “Artfully prepared by Executive Chef Matt Johnson, Chef de Cuisine Cory Hannon, and Pastry Chef Yannick Dumonceau, this three-course brunch will be complemented by the … Continue reading

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MOTHER’S DAY AT SCARLETT BEGONIA

This just in from Crista Fleming, owner of Scarlett Begonia restaurant at 21 West Victoria Street: Hi John, Here is Scarlett Begonia’s Mother’s Day brunch information! Treat the mom in your life to a beautiful 3-course brunch at Scarlett Begonia. … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Hi John – Enjoy your newsletter. Is there any arcade business or eating establishment that has pinball machines in SB/Goleta area? The former Zodo’s does not and I can’ find any places in a quick search but I thought I’d … Continue reading

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THE OYSTER BAR OPENING MAY 23

This just in from The Oyster Bar, coming this month to Moby Dick’s on Stearns Wharf: Good morning, John. It gives me great pleasure to share with you exciting news about changes at one of Santa Barbara’s signature restaurants: Moby … Continue reading

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GIOVANNI’S IN CARPINTERIA REOPENS

Here is a message to you from Shawn and McLeod Noormand, owners of Giovanni’s Pizza in Carpinteria which recently closed at 5003 Carpinteria Avenue: “Hello Restaurant Guy, We had our last hurrah on April 28. That same night me, my … Continue reading

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LITTLE ALEX’S OPENS IN FIVE POINTS

Reader Dawn says that Little Alex’s has opened at Five Points Shopping Center in the former home of Fresco Cafe. “Come see us at our new location at 3987 State Street in the 5 Points Shopping Center,” says co-owner Josh … Continue reading

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CARPINTERIA GIOVANNI’S CLOSES (FOR NOW)

Last January reader Primetime broke the news that Giovanni’s Pizza at 5003 Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria in moving to nearby 5205 Carpinteria Avenue, the former home of The Good Plow and Fosters Freeze. I called Giovanni’s at the time and … Continue reading

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VIA VAI CLOSES

Last January I wrote that lease for Via Vai restaurant at 1483 East Valley Road in Montecito is not being renewed. This was a surprise since the place has always been hopping every time I have dined there and has … Continue reading

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DUMPLINGS COMING TO MILPAS

Reader Bryan says that Shanghai restaurant at 830 North Milpas Street will soon become a dumpling house in addition to having their regular menu.

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CALL IT LA CANTINA

In July 2021 I broke the news that six restaurants were coming to the Turnpike Center next to Vons. Many have since opened but one previously unnamed eatery, brought to you by Chris Chiarappa, the visionary and inspiration for Mesa … Continue reading

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CINCO DE MAYO AT LA PALOMA

Join Chef Jeremy and the team at La Paloma (702 Anacapa Street) for a Cinco de Mayo brunch on May 5. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. -2 p.m.; to book a reservation, visit tinyurl.com/lapalomabrunch.  The bar will offer a … Continue reading

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MOTHER’S DAY AT BRASS BEAR

Brass Bear Uptown is doing a Mothers Day Brunch Sunday May 12th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The buffet will include sausage quiche, vegetarian quiche, glazed bacon, scrambled eggs, caesar salad, fresh fruit, breakfast potatoes, smoked salmon with capers and onions, … Continue reading

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MOTHER’S DAY WITH ACME

Eateries under the umbrella of Acme Hospitality are offering Mother’s Day specials. The Lark celebrates Mother’s Day with their signature brunch, including specials of Chai Tea French Toast with toasted almonds, fresh apricots & mint, Smoked King Salmon Benedict with … Continue reading

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BIG LINES AT NICK THE GREEK

Last week Nick the Greek restaurant at 508 State Street (formerly Natural Café) has a grand opening special, offering a free lunch to all. I am told that there was a line around the block and that more than 400 … Continue reading

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CAGAMI RAMEN COMING TO GOLETA

Cagami Ramen, a popular restaurant in Camarillo that serves authentic Japanese Ramen Noodle, is planning to open a location in Goleta. It will be open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Their food is authentic, homemade, … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Hi John, I always look forward to reading “The Restaurant Guy” in the Independent. You keep all of us informed on what’s happening around town. As you probably know, Sushi GoGo at the Breakwater closed a few months ago. It … Continue reading

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NEW THREE-COURSE AL FRESCO LUNCH AT SAN YSIDRO RANCH

Montecito’s San Ysidro Ranch is now offering a new prix-fixe lunch, hosted at the their intimate Veranda. The three-course lunch is available Monday – Thursday and includes house-made offerings like Blackened Ora King Salmon Salad, Tuscan Melon & Yellow Tomato … Continue reading

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