It’s beginning to look a lot like a winter wonderland at Finch & Fork, who is opening a pop-up bar called Snow Globe just in time for the holiday season. Tucked inside Kimpton Canary, Snow Globe Bar features sips, treats and delights from lead bartender George Piperis. Open 6pm-10pm every Wednesday-Saturday until Dec. 28, guests can order from a menu of holiday themed cocktails to toast to. The drink menu includes sippers like Reindeer Games – a flight of holiday clad Glennfidich Scotch, Snow Globe – a play on a gin and tonic served in a snow globe with edible glitter, I’m Dreaming of a White Claw Christmas – a layered drink with vodka, lemon, raspberry white claw and butterfly pea flower, Santa’s Caffeine Kick with coffee, Irish whiskey, five farms irish cream whip and more. The bar has also partnered with Toys for Tots this season. Guests who bring in an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots will receive Milk & Cookies for $1 – Snow Globe Bar’s version of a milk punch with a cookie garnish. In addition to the above, the bar will be serving beer and wine.

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Here is a press-release from the Rosewood Miramar Beach at 1759 South Jameson Lane in Montecito:

Rosewood Miramar Beach, Southern California’s newest ultra-luxury destination for discerning travelers worldwide, announces an inspired array of specialty holiday offerings in celebration of the 2019 Festive season. Spanning through the New Year and featuring everything from a decadent Christmas Brunch to a dedicated Santa’s House to seasonal spa treatments, as well as unique overnight packages and amenities, the resort’s carefully curated programming offers ample opportunity for guests and locals alike to join together over fine food, drink and fun./  /Joining in on the festivities, Jolly Old St. Nick will be relocating to the coast of Montecito at Rosewood Miramar Beach’s enchanting *Santa’s Bungalow*. Open daily through December 24^th , one of the property’s spacious suites will be transformed into a beachside North Pole, where children can stop by and visit with Mr. Claus as they sip hot cocoa and share their Christmas wish lists with the man himself. Naughty or nice, young guests whose visits to Rosewood Miramar Beach fall outside of Santa’s House’s hours of operation may pen a wish list to St. Nick on special stationary, posting it in his newly installed North Pole mailbox.  Hours vary with reservations and more information available online at miramarsantaphotos.com.

Best enjoyed after a visit with Mr. Claus, guests are invited to an interactive *Santa’s Holiday Brunch*, where whimsical elves will pop by to amuse the children as family and friends dine on a buffet of seasonally inspired dishes and strolling holiday entertainment. Hosted on Sunday December 22 in the elegant Chandelier Ballroom, the special brunch service will celebrate the spirit of giving, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Santa Barbara’s Storyteller Learning Center, a local organization that has provided high-quality, therapeutic early childhood education for homeless and at-risk children, as well as comprehensive support services for their families for over 31 years. Santa’s Holiday Brunch will be offered at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m.; priced at $125 per adult, $65 per child (ages four to 12) and complimentary for children under four. Tickets are available for purchase at tinyurl.com/miramarxmas

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A  restaurant equipment, furniture, and smallware sale will be held Thursday, December 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. behind the former home of Alito’s, 509 state street , which is currently being remodeled to become the new home of Pascucci.  Enter on Fig Avenue between Cota and Haley Streets.

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For those who want to ring in the New Year with a 17-course omakase menu while being entertained by head sushi chef Lennon Lee and his team, Sushi|Bar at the Montecito Inn is the place to be. The special New Year’s Eve menu will showcase a selection of old favorites alongside some new-comers all made with unique preparations and flavor combinations. Bites featured on the one-night-only menu include Bluefin Otoro with fresh black truffle, Japanese and Santa Barbara Uni topped with caviar, and Japanese Wagyu with fresh black truffle.  Three seatings are available on Tuesday, December 31st at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm. The experience begins 30 minutes prior to the scheduled seating time with a complimentary welcome cocktail in the lobby of the Montecito Inn. The  menu is available for $250 per person, with a selection of drink pairings and Japanese beverages, including sake, beer and Japanese whiskey all available for an additional cost. Sushi|Bar is located at 1295 Coast Village Road. For reservations visit sushibarmontecito.com.



Ring in the new decade with wonderful food and wine at Bibi Ji, 734 State Street.  They are offering a four-course specially prepared dinner alongside a wine and champagne pairing. Owners Alejandro Medina and James Beard award-winning sommelier Rajat Parr will welcome expert wine and champagne importer Philip Kibbey of Uncharted Vines as he pours a variety of exceptional wines throughout the evening, including a celebratory toast with Lucien Collard Champagne. The dinner and pairing are available for $125/person (including tax and gratuity) and reservations can be made at tinyurl.com/bibiji

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I recently reported that rumors suggested Breakfast Culture Club at 711 Chapala Street had closed and was being replaced by another coffee shop. The web site and voice mail for Breakfast Culture Club said they are open for business as usual. Readers Primetime and Steve H. let me know that a letter from Breakfast Culture Club has now appeared in the window:

“It’s with a heavy heart that we won’t be opening after Thanksgiving. It’s been an amazing 3 & 1/2 years of coffee, art shows, concerts, poetry readings, movie nights and everything in-between. It has been nothing short of an honor to serve this community as a hub for creativity and a space for anyone to come and relax, study and socialize! Each and every one of you helped make this place what it is, and for that I thank you. Watch this place as something new will be opening up soon… and always keep creating, sharing, and loving. – Morgan & the Breakfast crew”

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Last September I broke the news that Sal’s Pizza at 900 North Milpas Street had closed. I quickly followed up with a report that the owner of Dave’s Dogs at 149 South Turnpike Road in Goleta was spotted standing in front of Sal’s, looking very busy. Reader Primetime let me know that Dave’s Dogs did take the space and is now open for business.

Photos by Primetime

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Denny’s at 5677 Calle Real in Goleta closed  in March of 2015. Since that time I have posted a few stories about the space, usually when new construction was spotted or a if a sign appeared (or disappeared). Here is the latest news from reader Rebecca’s Neighbor:


Not sure if this qualifies as restaurant news, but the space in Goleta on Calle Real that was a Denny’s, is no longer going to be a restaurant space.  It has a construction permit to become a showroom for construction material.  It looks like the shop will be called Coast Supply.

Rebecca’s Neighbor”

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Last week I posted a message from the owners of Brasil Arts Cafe at 1230C State Street letting you know that they were closing within a week. Fortunately there was a last minute reprieve and I received this update:

“ll be the first to tell you that miracles do happen. And one just happened. I’ll save the long details for later but in short, our landlord doesn’t want us to close.

We recently asked for a rent reduction which was denied about 1 1/2 weeks ago. After much thought out deliberation between the 2 of us we decided it’s impossible to go on considering the high cost of just about everything in this location. So we made that really hard, really relieving decision last week to close.

We feel many things right now but mainly we feel all the love and support times a million from everyone’s sweet messages to seeing you eating at the café everyday since this all went down.

To keep it all going there will be restructuring, meaning the possibility of co operating with other businesses. So if you yourself or you know someone that would be a good fit please send them our way. We are so open to ideas and changes!

Lastly please continue to support us! We need you to come eat here! We will be planning a Holiday Showcase fundraiser to show off all the beauty that BAC offers please be on the look out. Again!!!!! Friends and family we love you dearly and sincerely sit in the most humbled way. What a miraculous event this has all been!

#humbled #miraclesdohappen #wtf #tearsofjoy #change

We would be so grateful to you if you could post this and also if you could emphasize that we are opening up our space to co operate with other businesses.

Jenn and Daniel”

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Reader Annie and Yelp report that Khao Kaeng by Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar at 1187 Coast Village Road in Montecito has closed. Further clues that support this claim include: their web site is offline, their phone number is disconnected, and their space is available for lease. Khao Kaeng opened in November 2018.