Category Archives: Restaurant News

Mimosas at D’Angelo?

Reader Annie noticed an ABC posting in the window at D’Angelo Bakery 25 West Gutierrez Street. I am told that years ago an application for alcoholic beverages was in the works but didn’t make it to fruition. Hopefully the second … Continue reading

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Calle Real Coffee

Construction has started at new coffee shop coming to 5915 Calle Real Ste. A in the former home of Pizza Hut. Last May numerous reader let me know that artwork had appeared on the window at the address, suggesting that … Continue reading

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China King now open daily

China King restaurant at 5915 Calle Real Ste. B in Goleta is now open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Historically the popular Goodland eatery was closed on Mondays.

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Cheese Shop Santa Barbara reopens Saturday

Cheese Shop Santa Barbara at 827 Santa Barbara Street reopens after being closed for remodeling. Throughout the refresh the Cheese Shop has continued to accept online orders at cheeseshopsb.com for local delivery only.

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Bowlero buys Zodo’s and Z’s Tap House

Bowlero Corp, a leader in bowling entertainment has announced its acquisition of Zodo’s and Z’s Tap House at 5925 Calle Real in Goleta, expanding the Bowlero presence to 41 locations in California. Bowlero Corp is a global media company and … Continue reading

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Drift hotel and restaurant opening spring 2022

San José del Cabo is a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. It is here where the first Drift Boutique Hotel opened. It will soon be followed by a location in spring 2022 at 524 … Continue reading

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Four Restaurant Burglaries

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating four recent burglaries at local businesses where the suspects forced entry overnight and stole items. The first incident was Friday, July 23, 2021 in the 5800-block of Hollister Avenue at Old Town Coffee. A suspect smashed … Continue reading

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Dutch Garden update

I stopped by the closed and soon to be reopened Dutch Garden restaurant at 4203 State Street and learned that remodeling and permitting are still underway. I am told that they plan to quietly start serving meals whenever they are … Continue reading

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The Riviera Bar ready to go

Reader Steve H. tells me that The Riviera Bar (the former Sportsman dive bar on West Figueroa) will probably open next week. Photo by reader Steve H.

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Island Brewing Company Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Island Brewing Company will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a week of scheduled frivolity and a two new Anniversary Beer releases starting Monday July 19th and running through the weekend to Sunday, July 25th. “We are full of gratitude for … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara Restaurant Collective adding 7 new restaurants

Reader Oxmyx spotted a Craigslist ad by Santa Barbara Restaurant Collective, the umbrella organization for Mesa Burger, Lighthouse Coffee, Corner Tap, and M Kitchen. They are hiring for all locations and all positions, front and back of house. The listing … Continue reading

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Six new restaurants coming to the Turnpike Center

Hardly a day goes by when I don’t receive an inquiry about all the construction at the Turnpike Center in Noleta, home to Vons, Rusty’s Pizza, Dave’s Dogs, and other businesses. Though the entire center is receiving a refresh, with … Continue reading

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New Jeannine’s Bakery on the waterfront opens Friday

The new Jeannine’s Bakery across from Stearns Wharf had a soft opening last Saturday, serving a limited menu of coffee and pastries. Full service with a full menu begins this Friday July 16th. Known as one of the best breakfast … Continue reading

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Palace rolls out favorites

Last August The Palace Grill 8 East Cota Street reopened from the pandemic shutdown with a streamlined menu. General Manager Armondo Salazar tells me that the restaurant has recently started bringing back a variety of guest favorites including Caribbean Coconut … Continue reading

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Holdren’s turns 18

In 2003 proprietor Clay Holdren opened Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood at 512 State Street, the former home of the original Joe’s Cafe. He tells me he is planning to have an 18 dollar menu with discounts on popular items. Previous … Continue reading

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The Crystal Ball Knows All

After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the all-knowing crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of food and drink locations appearing in your future: Augie’s Tequila Bar, 700 State St. (formerly Left At Albuquerque) … Continue reading

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Alessia Patisserie & Cafe opens in former Sojourner spot

European-inspired Alessia Patisserie & Cafe opened July 1st at 134 East Canon Perdido Street, the former home of Miso Hungry and Sojourner Cafe. Owner Alessia Guehr is the daughter of Brigitte Guehr and Norbert Schulz who introduced several area restaurants … Continue reading

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Rascal’s opens downtown

Barb’s Pies, which opened at 18 East Cota Street last January, closed on June 13th and has been replaced by Rascal’s, a 100% vegan restaurant curated by proprietor Dalan Moreno. The eatery shares space with the Venus in Furs wine … Continue reading

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Oakberry Acai Bowls celebrates one year in business

Oakberry Acai Bowls is a survivor. The Brazilian business opened one year ago at 819 State Street Ste. B.  during the middle of the pandemic, and amidst construction at Paseo Nuevo mall, and have thrived. The business offers smoothies and … Continue reading

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Restaurant Openings

Here is a list of area eateries that have opened in the last 12 months: July 2021: Alessia Patisserie & Café, 134 East Canon Perdido St. June 2021: Caje, 811 State St. Ste. A May 2021:  Cali-Forno Pizzeria, 905 State … Continue reading

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Restaurant Closings

Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year: June 2021: Barb’s Pies, 18 E. Cota St. (changing to Rascal’s); The Point Coffee, 370 Storke Rd., Goleta May 2021: Alphie’s, 5725 Hollister Ave., Goleta; New … Continue reading

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Alessia Patisserie & Cafe opens July 1

European-inspired Alessia Patisserie & Cafe opens July 1st at 134 East Canon Perdido Street, the former home of Miso Hungry and Sojourner Cafe. Owner Alessia Guehr is the daughter of Brigitte Guehr and Norbert Schulz who introduced several area restaurants … Continue reading

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Fourth of July at the Miramar

The community is invited to a family-friendly Independence Day Brunch on the Great Lawn of the Rosewood Miramar Beach on Sunday, July 4, for two seatings from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., or 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Enjoy festive … Continue reading

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Timbers Roadhouse coming to Goleta

Last April I broke the news that Woody’s BBQ at 5112 Hollister Avenue in Goleta is planning to open a restaurant across town at 10 Winchester Canyon Road, the former home of Timbers restaurant. Now reader Paulette gives us the … Continue reading

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Red Pepper coming to De la Vina

I received a message from reader Brendan that read “Today I was walking by New Si Chuan Garden on De La Vina and noticed the door was open. I peeked in. Didn’t see anyone (I guess they were in the … Continue reading

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Fake restaurant website

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley is warning the community about a consumer scam involving a fake restaurant webpage for “La Tapatia #3” in Goleta. The fake webpage is “latapatia3ca.club” and is affiliated with a website named OrderHero. … Continue reading

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National Food Truck Day

This month, for more than 30,000 food trucks across the country, National Food Truck Day will have a special significance as a symbolic day for the industry to celebrate its resiliency and to let the world know they are back. … Continue reading

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Courthouse Tavern update

The Courthouse Tavern, coming to 129 East Anapamu Street (formerly Elements Restaurant & Bar) was originally scheduled to open June 15th but is still waiting for the health department to give the new eatery a green light. The opening should … Continue reading

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Cajé Coffee Roasters replaces Coffee Bean

In April I wrote that Cajé Coffee Roasters, already available locally at 416 East Haley Street, 1316 State Street, and 948 Embarcadero del Norte in Isla Vista, is coming to 811 State Street Ste. A, the former home of Coffee … Continue reading

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Harbor Restaurant and Longboards Grill are for sale

The iconic Harbor Restaurant/Longboards Grill can be all yours for just $1,750,000. The owner is retiring after running the business for four decades and has priced his eateries to sell. The offering is for the business, licenses, and equipment only, … Continue reading

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Augie’s Tequila coming to downtown

Panera Bread, Left At Albuquerque, and Ma Dolce Vita were all once located at 700 State Street. The property has been vacant since July 2015. Last February reader Richard told me that local entrepreneur Chris Chiarappa had applied for a … Continue reading

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Tap Thai coming to Goleta

Tap Thai restaurant is adding a second location at 7060 Hollister Avenue Ste. D-6 in Goleta (next to Smart & Final), replacing Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill which closed in March 2020. Tap Thai’s flagship location opened at 3130 State Street … Continue reading

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Barb’s Pies to be replaced by Rascal’s

Reader Eric let me know that Barb’s Pies, which opened at 18 East Cota Street last January, announced on Instagram that their last day in business was June 13th. Word on the street is that it will be replaced by … Continue reading

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Wingstop coming to Isla Vista

While on my way to a haircut in Isla Vista (a few blocks from The Restaurant Guy headquarters) I noticed that Wingstop, which opened next to  La Cumbre Plaza in February, will be opening a second area location at 888 … Continue reading

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Old Town Coffee coming to downtown

Reader Oxmyx let me know that Old Town Coffee in Goleta is opening a second location at 1131 State Street inside Mosaic Locale, taking over the Hook & Press Donuts space which is moving to Figueroa Street in the former … Continue reading

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Alessia Patisserie & Cafe opening this month

European-inspired Alessia Patisserie & Cafe plans to open in June at 134 East Canon Perdido Street, the former home of Miso Hungry and Sojourner Cafe. Owner Alessia Guehr is the daughter of Brigitte Guehr and Norbert Schulz who introduced several … Continue reading

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Jeannine’s Bakery opening at the foot of Stearns Wharf

EXCLUSIVE Reader Primetime tells me that Jeannine’s Bakery, known as one of the best breakfast and lunch spots in town, will be opening a new location at 1 State Street, the former home of State Street Coffee (which closed on … Continue reading

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Costa Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Mar Monte opens Wednesday

EXCLUSIVE Costa Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Mar Monte, 1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard, will be having a soft opening for dinner-only on Wednesday June 2nd. The following week regular hours will be Wednesday – Sunday 5-10 p.m. The bar at … Continue reading

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The Daisy reopens

The Daisy restaurant which opened at 1221 State Street in November 2019, then promptly closed a few months later at the onset of pandemic, has announced that they are now open for lunch and dinner. The sandwiches menu includes Brisket … Continue reading

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Coffee shop coming to Calle Real

Reader Deebo says that a new business is coming soon to 5915 Calle Real Ste. A in the former home of Pizza Hut which is across the parking lot from Zodo’s Bowling. Deebo says that the window painting has the … Continue reading

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