Question of the Day

Thank you for all of the information about the close of Fish Enterprise in Santa Barbara, truly a great loss. Can you offer any help as to what to do with an unused $500 gift card from Fish Enterprise? Are they planning to give refunds for these cards? I am elderly and handicapped so I am unable to travel to Santa Monica to use the card in their other restaurant. Please give me any guidance you can. Thank you.
– Billyboy

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Cauliflower Crust Comes to Rusty’s Pizza Parlor

Rusty’s Pizza Parlor, which has been a Santa Barbara favorite since its 1969 founding, is now serving Outer Aisle’s eight-inch cauliflower crust as an alternative base for their popular pizza pies.

A nationally distributed company founded in Santa Barbara in 2013 by Jeanne David, Outer Aisle sells a variety of bread alternatives, including the cauliflower-based Plantpower Pizza Crusts and Sandwich Thins. “I created Outer Aisle in my home kitchen here in Santa Barbara because I love pizza and couldn’t find a decent low-carb substitute for crust,” said David. Seeing her vision come full-circle with one of the best pizza parlors in town has been a dream come true, I’m told.

Rusty’s Pizza owner Tyler Duncan, son of founders Roger and Carol Duncan, said Outer Aisle’s crust fits perfectly into Rusty’s product line. “The response has been amazing,” said Duncan, who introduced the option a month ago. “Sales of the cauliflower crust have been doubling each week. We see a hockey-stick growth with this product. It’s exciting because it’s another local partnership and that’s one of Rusty’s big pillars in terms of how we want to operate with other locals. It’s an outstanding product that fills a need we couldn’t service beforehand. Now everyone at the table can be satisfied.”

Duncan’s friends, family, and customers have been asking for a gluten-free pizza crust at Rusty’s for a while now, and Outer Aisle’s low-carb, gluten-free crust “checks all the boxes,” said Duncan. “When there is someone in the family who has a special need or just wants something different, we can now serve that to them, and it works within the Rusty’s framework. We are very pleased with the outcome.”

The crust contains two servings of vegetables, 10 grams of protein, and just three net carbs. “For a lot of people who are Keto or just low-carb, taking the empty carbs out of their diet meets an increasing niche that’s much larger and broader than vegan,” explained David.

I recently visited the new Rusty’s in Summerland and ordered one of the cauliflower crusts. I was very impressed — it tasted great and I didn’t feel a carb “crash” afterward, which is usually the case for me with a regular crust. They don’t slice the pizza, instead providing a disposable knife for customers to handle themselves. That’s another measure to handle the crust less in case customers have a severe issue such as Celiac disorder, which can be triggered by the smallest amount of wheat flour.

The new Rusty’s Pizza cauliflower crust option is now available at all nine locations in the Santa Barbara region, is available for phone orders, and will soon be appearing as an option on their website. Call 805-564-1111 or visit rustyspizza.com or outeraislegourmet.com

The new Rusty’s Pizza cauliflower crust (above) is now available at all nine locations in the Santa Barbara region.

Rusty’s Pizza Parlor owner Tyler Duncan (seen above left at the new Summerland location) is now using the cauliflower crust made by Outer Aisle owner Jeanne David (right) on their popular pizzas.

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Lucky’s Steakhouse to open in Malibu this fall

Lucky’s Steakhouse, an icon at 1270 Coast Village Road in Montecito ever since Gene Montesano and his longtime partners Jimmy Argyropoulos and Herb Simon launched the restaurant in 1999, will open a second location at the Malibu Country Mart in mid-September, bringing its popular dining experience to the center’s diverse collection of upscale boutiques and retailers. The restaurant offers USDA prime steaks and fresh seafood, classic cocktails and an award-winning wine cellar. “From Santa Barbara to Malibu, we are thrilled to be expanding down California’s beautiful coast and opening up in such an iconic destination,” said Montesano. “The Malibu Country Mart is truly the heart of this wonderful community and we are honored to be joining it.” The new restaurant, run by Executive Chef Michael Rosen, will feature a classic steakhouse menu, and the space is designed to be both comfortable and glamorous – great for a casual lunch, brunch or special-occasion dinner. The new Lucky’s Steakhouse will be located within Malibu Country Mart at 3835 Cross Creek Road in Malibu.

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Best Of Santa Barbara

Readers tell me that The Restaurant Guy is listed as one of the choices for “Best S.B.-Based Website” in the Santa Barbara Independent’s Best Of 2020 online poll that was launched today. Other candidates in this category are Edhat.com, Independent.com, and Noozhawk.com. The voting period runs through September 2 and the results will be announced October 15. This is the first time in The Restaurant Guy’s 15-year history, and SantaBarbara.com’s 25-year history, that the website has been nominated. Thank you!

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Organic Soup Kitchen is launching a free call-in Helpline

In response to the unprecedented crisis facing our community, Organic Soup Kitchen is launching a free call-in Helpline for all of its clients. The Helpline is part of Organic Soup Kitchen’s commitment to support the health and wellbeing of the more than 600 low-income seniors, cancer patients, and those with chronic illness they deliver SoupMeals to each week. The Helpline will provide a friendly, supportive staff member and be a resource to this vulnerable population of Santa Barbara County residents who are isolated at home for fear of contracting the virus.

“Handing food out to the masses is not what we do. Our clients are not statistics who receive a brown paper bag lunch.” says Andrea Slaby, Chief Operating Officer of Organic Soup Kitchen. “We develop a relationship with our clients starting with the intake form we require.” She continues, “Our SoupMeal orders have tripled since the pandemic started and 95% of our clients are struggling with serious medical and financial challenges. We want to provide extra emotional support during this time of extreme fear and stress.”

For more information, visit www.organicsoupkitchen.org or call 805-364-2790.

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Daily Greenz weekly special & new take out menu

This just in from Daily Greenz Catering + Food Delivery:

Daily Greenz etc. is offering Street Taco Kits in time for Old Spanish Days Celebrations! Pre-order Only for pick up Wed – Thursday – Friday.

Add On to Taco Kit for complete Fiesta:

We have Carnitas with Pork Palace Berkshire pork – tomatillo salasa, queso fresco & all the toppings; Achiote Chicken with organic chicken, caramelized onions, guacamole, pico de gallo; and Veggie Tacos with mushroom, poblanos, avocado tomatillo salsa

Add On Weekly Special for an all weekend Celebration:

Daily Greenz has a Weekly Special! By popular demand we are offering our Tortilla Crusted Chicken with Poblano Mashed Potatoes, chipotle cream sauce & corn peach pico with side salad for $19

View our NEW Menu for our Take Out/Delivery Service & Family Meals.

We continue to offer safe, clean and contactless curbside pickup from our downtown Culinary Center and delivery service. Order on line at dailygreenzetc.com, text 805-636-3812 call or email.

Proudly sharing our local, delicious cuisine with the greater Santa Barbara community including Montecito and Carpinteria.

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Dutch Garden to reopen in September

Readers Lynn and Alphonso tell me that lots of workers have been seen on the patio and inside the iconic German restaurant Dutch Garden at 4203 State Street which closed with great fanfare and long lines last June. A rumor has been circulating around town that suggested the kitchen and landscaping are in the process of being updated and that the restaurant will reopen in a few months as the Dutch Garden and have the same recipes that it had before. “It’s true,” says new co-owner Charlie Fredericks. “Brothers Matt and Daniel English and I plan to open in 4-6 weeks if everything goes as planned. Same menu just a bigger patio to get us through these weird times. Ken and Laurie have given there blessing and recipes. We are not looking to change it, we just want to preserve it. Look forward to seeing you all when we get the lights on.”


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Retro restaurant goes into Carpinteria history

Reader Primetime sent me a tip that the last South Coast Fosters Freeze restaurant at 5205 Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria closes August 23rd. “Katherine & Jason Lesh, who own the Farm Cart on Carpinteria Avenue, have rented from me and will be taking over and they are going to be a farm to table restaurant,” says long time property owner and Fosters Freeze manager Laura Pettit about the new eatery named The Good Plow. Katherine Lesh’s family has been farming organically in Santa Barbara County since 1973, as Shepherd Farms.  “I was raised in my father’s fields, at his Farmer’s Market stands, and at the Farm Cart, which my parents passed on to me in 2012,” says Lesh.

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The Palace reopens

Reader Pete let me know that The Palace Grill at 8 East Cota Street has reopened. They are currently open for take out for dinner everyday 5pm to 9pm by calling the restaurant to place your order. The Palace Grill will be opening soon for patio seating. Call (805) 963-5000.

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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 new food and drink destinations appearing in your future:

  • Alessia Patisserie & Cafe, 134 E. Canon Perdido St. (formerly Miso Hungry  and Sojourner Cafe)
  • Bristol Farms, 3855 State St. (formerly Vons at La Cumbre Plaza), opens August 20
  • Chomp, 113 Harbor Way (formerly Chuck’s Waterfront Grill)
  • Dave’s Drip House, 193 S. Turnpike Rd. (near Vons)
  • Dean Coffee, 6100-1 Hollister Ave., Goleta (next to Direct Relief)
  • Dutch Garden, 4203 State St. (reopening in September)
  • Everytable, 1001 State St. (formerly Saks 5th Avenue)
  • Insomnia Cookies, 430 State St. (near Craft Ramen)
  • La Sirena, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., (formerly East Beach Grill)
  • Leadbetter, 23 E. Cabrillo Blvd (formerly Wheel Fun and L.T. Cinnamon)
  • Mangione’s Italian Ice, 1222 State St. (formerly Spoon)
  • M. Special, 634 State St. (formerly Tonic)
  • Revolver Pizza, 1429 San Andres St. (formerly Paesano’s Pizzeria), opens August 13
  • The Salty Beach Bar, 113 Harbor Way (formerly Endless Summer Bar Café)
  • Sprouts Farmers Market, 29 S. Milpas St. (formerly Trader Joe’s which moved up the street), opens September 2
  • Unnamed Brewpub, 434 State St. (formerly Indochine)
  • Unnamed Farm-to-Table Restaurant, 5205 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria (formerly Fosters Freeze)
  • nnamed, 129 E. Anapamu St. (formerly The Little Door)
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California Pizza Kitchen update

Though California Pizza Kitchen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, I am told that it is mainly a restructuring move and that most of the chain’s restaurants will remain open. I spoke with CPK in Paseo Nuevo and was told that they are open for business with patio seating. They also told me that their full menu will be returning next Tuesday.

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Red Pepper reopens in Goleta

The Red Pepper Restaurant at 282 Orange Avenue in Goleta closed in April 2019 after decades in business. On July 28 of this year the restaurant had a grand opening under new ownership. Chef and owner Leon Hao has been working for the last 9 months renovating the business with a new kitchen, plumbing, restroom, floor and a new coat of paint. There are now TV monitors above the food trays that display the menu. Currently Red Pepper serves Americanized Chinese food with lunch specials and they will add more authentic Chinese food to the dinner menu in the near future. Middle Eastern BBQ kebab skewers and beer are also on their way. All food is served to-go, with separate doors to enter and exit the restaurant. Entree prices range from $10-$17. The new Red Pepper is open Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm. Call 805-679-5247. Thanks to readers Everett and Anne for the tips!

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Return of Dutch Garden?

Readers Lynn and Alphonso tell me that lots of workers have been seen on the patio and possibly inside the recently-closed Dutch Garden restaurant at 4203 State Street. I am told that the iconic Dutch Garden sign is still on the roof. Rumor has it that the kitchen and landscaping are in the process of being updated and that the restaurant might reopen in a few months as the Dutch Garden and have the same recipes that it had before.

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Goleta Coffee Bean closes temporarily

This just in from reader A Big Fan of Coffee Bean:

Friday afternoon the sign on the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at 5745 Calle Real says: “We have temporarily closed our store until further notice. Visit coffeebean.com for an open store near you. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

I would like to know how to use up my gift cards since De La Vina store is closed & Carpinteria store is closed too. RE: gift cards, their site says: “For more information, call 1.800.832.5323.”

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De la Vina Coffee Bean closes permanently

Reader Vinson let me know that Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 3052 De la Vina Street ground to a halt on Saturday, July 25th. I called the business and they confirmed the news that they have closed for good. This is the 4th area closure of a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf which abandoned locations on State Street, in Carpinteria, and in Montecito in the last 14 months.

Interior photo by Primetime

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Rincon Beach Bar opens in Carpinteria

Events by Rincon, a top rated local caterer, is pivoting from full production events to an outdoor dining restaurant. During the COVID-19 pandemic they have focused on their catering strengths and have introduced a new South Coast dining destination: Rincon Beach Bar at 3805 Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria.

The company has adapted their most popular event dishes into small plates, shared meals, brunch items, and sweets. In addition to great food, Rincon Beach Bar has a full bar, craft cocktails, local beer and wine. The eatery offers 100% outdoor dining, is mindful of social distancing, includes a 9-foot minimum table spacing, and operates with a contactless ordering and payment system

Rincon Beach Bar offers brunch, lunch or dinner and is open Wednesday-Thursday 12-8pm, Friday-Saturday 12-9pm, and Sunday from 10am-6pm. A Sunday Brunch menu is available from 10am-2pm. The restaurant offers takeout and “Invisible Chef” curbside pickup. Invisible Chef is a program where the items are blast chilled to keep food fresh, packaged securely with heating instructions and ready to be heated in your own kitchen. Call 805-566-9003 or visit eventsbyrincon.com.

Photos by Kacie Jean

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Question of the Day

Hi John:

Do you know of a current COVID-19 Happy Hour list for SB?

Steve

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Mesa Burger opens in Montecito

Owners Chris Chiarappa, award-winning chef Cat Cora, and General Manager Pixie Saavedra opened a new Mesa Burger location at 1209 Coast Village Road in Montecito, the former home of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Tutti’s. Mesa Burger offers gourmet, handcrafted burgers, farm fresh salads, locally-brewed beers, Santa Barbara County wine, and ice cream in scoops, hand-spun shakes, and ice cream cookie sandwiches. their produce is sustainably grown, ingredients are conscientiously sourced, and sauces are made fresh daily. The beef burgers are fresh, locally produced USDA Choice custom blend, served on a brioche bun. Mesa Burger also has a selection of turkey, chicken, fish, vegan / vegetarian burgers. Saavedra says that one of the most popular items on the menu is the Montecito Burger (glazed mushrooms/onion ring/arugula/grilled onions/goat cheese/truffle aioli), second only to Mesa, their classic burger, which most people modify. Mesa Burger Montecito is open daily 11am-8:30pm Sunday-Thursday and 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday. Call 805-565-0642 or visit mesaburger.com.


Owners Chris Chiarappa and Cat Cora at their new Mesa Burger on Coast Village Road. Photos by Primetime.

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Question of the Day

Hi!
Do you know of anyplace around Santa Barbara that serves lobster rolls sandwiches?
Thanks!
Derrenda

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Little Dom’s Seafood soft opening in Carpinteria

Restaurateur Warner Ebbink and Executive Chef Brandon Boudet had a soft opening of their latest culinary venture Little Dom’s Seafood at 686 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria, the former home of Sly’s and The Zone Sports Grille. I first announced their pending arrival in January 2019. While the restaurant’s website does not say when they will open to the public, the menu is online at ldseafood.com. The eatery features local seafood, pizza hot out of the wood burning oven and Little Dom’s Italian classic. The liquor license owned by Sly’s was transferred to Little Dom’s which allows the venue to include a full bar.

Ebbink is a native Angeleno whose passion for restaurants extends beyond cuisine into architectural restoration. Ebbink and Boudet opened Hollywood’s 101 Coffee Shop in 2001. In 2004, Boudet and Ebbink, both proud of their Italian heritage, purchased the historic Dominick’s in West Hollywood, originally established in 1948. They went on to establish Little Dom’s in Los Feliz. Boudet was born and raised in New Orleans, influenced by Louisiana and Italian cooking. He has refined his skills in simple Italian cuisine with California market influence.

The new Carpinteria eatery includes a Seafood Bar that serves West Coast Oysters, East Coast Oysters, Chilled Creole Boiled Shrimp, Santa Barbara Live Uni, Fennel Seed Cured Cold Salmon, Vermillion Snapper Crudo, and Smoked Fish Rillettes.

Little Dom’s main menu offers Pizza Margherita, Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe, Squid Ink Malfadine, Linguine & Clams, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Meatball Burger, Cast Iron Seared Fish Sandwich, Chicken Parmesan, Fish Picatta, Wood Oven Roasted Whole Fish, Smoked Beef Tenderloin, Asparagus Milanese, Fried Potatoes, Fried Carrots, Sautéed Spinach, and Cauliflower “Risotto.” Pastries, salads, sandwiches, and Frittata of the Day are also available.

Call 805-749-7400.


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805 Deli update

Reader Steve H. says it looks like plans to reopen the 805 Deli, which “temporarily” closed at 135 East Carrillo Street in January 2018, have been abandoned. I am told that construction has stopped and there’s a for-lease sign in the window.


Photo by Steve H.

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Lost & Found in Carp

Reader Primetime is spreading the word that Lost & Found, offering coffee, sweets, gifts, and art (by Lety Garcia) has opened at 905 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria. The new business is run by sisters Patti Boyd and Susan Ochoa and is open Wednesday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m


Photos by Primetime

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C’est Cheese closes permanently

Here is a message to you from C’est Cheese at 825 Santa Barbara Street:

To Our C’est Cheese Family,

As MANY of you know, we had a big set back a few years ago during the Thomas Fire and resulting Mudslides. Ever since, we have been working to recover from its impact, but the current pandemic has been more than we can overcome. We hung on as long as we could, but unfortunately the time has come for us to close our doors. With a heavy heart, we regret to inform you that Saturday, July 18th, was C’est Cheese’s last day in business.

Thank you everyone for all of the support and love that you have given us over the years. We never imagined how fulfilling our lives would become when we decided to open up our little cheese shop 16 years ago and for that we are forever grateful. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this community.

With love to you all.

Michael & Kathryn & the entire C’est Cheese Team


C’est Cheese owners Michael and Kathryn Graham in 2014. Photo by The Restaurant Guy.

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Sambo’s restaurant rechristened as “Chad’s”

Sambo’s restaurant at 216 West Cabrillo Boulevard, which recently celebrated its 63rd birthday, has a new name: “Chad’s.” A new rooftop sign for the business, using the iconic Sambo’s bubble motif, was created and installed by Imagine Graphics on July 14th.

“As we move through life there are always changes that need to happen and maybe this is one of those changes,” said owner Chad Stevens. “The restaurant is still in the family. It’s a family business. We’re still a local restaurant providing family dining.” Stevens operated a Chad’s Cafe on Chapala Street from 1992-2008 so the new name will be familiar to many locals.

I asked Stevens if any other changes will occur, in addition to the new name, and he suggested a few upgrades are planned. “The name is changing but the restaurant will still be the same – with some new items that you wouldn’t expect to see at Sambo’s,” said Stevens. “We’ll bring some fish in, and some other items that aren’t Sambo’s specific. It’s a step up but we’ll still be that family restaurant that you always knew and enjoyed.”

They are working on a new menu right now, recently purchased all new tables and chairs, and expanded the patio. “We’re changing with the times,” added Stevens. “I am saddened by the loss of our business, of what my grandfather started, but it is still the same family. And I want to make that true.” A new website is currently under construction and will be launched at chadscafe.com in about a month.


Owner Chad Stevens with son Cole, age 17, next to their new rooftop sign that was installed July 14th. Photo by Primetime.

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Cafe Stella reopens

After a few weeks of remodeling and “re-inventing” their dining process, Cafe Stella at 3302 McCaw Avenue will be once again open for business starting Wednesday July 15th.

“During these few weeks, we have utilized the downtime and volunteer work for interior and exterior improvements to the building,” says owner Philippe Rousseau. “This was done while also incorporating a new approach to on-site dining, app ordering development and contactless ordering platform in keeping with mandated restrictions and providing our customers with a feeling of safety and comfort. Our goal is to offer the Cafe dining experience while adhering to new guidelines that will offer an environment our customers feel safe in and are excited to return to.”

Takeout and delivery begins July 15th. There will be no service but the lower patio, upper patio, and front patios are available for seating. Drive-in takeout is set to begin July 21st. The mountain side of Cafe Stella’s parking lot is currently transitioning to “drive & park” outdoor booth seating, socially distanced with safety in mind.

Cafe Stella is open Tuesday – Saturday from 3pm to 7pm. Pre-order online anytime and schedule your pick-up or delivery by visiting lecafestella.com or using their ordering app. The restaurant will extend hours to include lunch as soon as possible.


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Dawn Patrol update

Reader Valerie says that Dawn Patrol at 324 State Street continues to be closed even though they have a large patio which would normally make them a prime candidate for a Covid-19 comeback. Their website hasn’t been updated in ages and the contact email address is no longer valid. I’ll add them to the Closed list unless I hear otherwise.

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Downtown Subway closes

Reader Primetime let me know that Subway deli at 1021A State Street has closed. Magnolia Shopping Center Subway at 5146 Hollister Avenue in Goleta also closed, earlier this year.


Photos by reader Primetime

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Mosto to be replaced by Aperitivo

Reader Tara says that another refresh is underway at 7 West Haley Street, the former home of Mosto, Mosto Crudo, and the Champagne Room. I am told that the new business is called “Aperitivo” and that they expect to open in early August with a variety of wines and small plates.

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Sharky’s update

Because I live nearby, I walked over to Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill in Goleta this afternoon to follow up a rumor that they are closed for good. Sharky’s is quiet for sure (see photo) but not gone. I called the corporate office who said that the restaurant is switching franchisees right now and will reopen when that is completed.


Photo by The Restaurant Guy

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La Sirena coming to Cabrillo Pavilion

Reader Primetime forwarded me this pic of La Sirena which is a restaurant coming to the newly remodeled Cabrillo Pavilion at 1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard. The snack bar part of the restaurant will be in the former home of East Beach Grill. A message posted about the eatery says:

La Sirena, the new restaurant at the Cabrillo Pavilion, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and operates a beachside snack bar seven days a week. Patrons enjoy traditional and trending fare, and La Sirena will open a full-service bar. With comfortable indoor and outdoor seating—and a mermaid motif reminiscent of its mythical namesake—La Sirena prides itself on providing an exceptional, family-friendly dining experience. La Sirena also offers catering for weddings and special events at the Cabrillo Pavilion.

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State Street Coffee relocates

I stopped by State Street Coffee this morning to confirm reader Steve H.’s tip that the java joint has finished relocating from 29 State Street to 1 State Street, the former home of Eladio’s. The Romasanta family owns the neighboring Harbor View Inn and operated Eladio’s restaurant on the property for 20 years. The family launched State Street Coffee in July, 2006, and it has built up a strong following over the years.


Photo by The Restaurant Guy

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Revolver pizza coming to the west side

I am hearing that a new pizza place named Revolver is coming to 1429 San Andres Street, the former long-time home of Paesano’s Pizzeria which closed in August 2018.

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Indochine to become brewpub?

Reader Steve spotted a building permit posted outside of 434 State Street, the former home of Indochine nightclub. His research suggests that a brewpub might be on the way.

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Mercado El Rey opens

Reader Steve H. let me know that Mercado El Rey has opened to long lines at 305 West Montecito Street, immediately next to Rudy’s. The sign outside the business describes the establishment with the tag line “Carniceria, Fruteria, Ice Cream.”

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Everytable restaurant to open downtown

Reader Jim spotted signs for Everytable restaurant which is coming soon to 1001 State Street, the former home of Saks Fifth Avenue, J.C. Penny, Wells Fargo Bank, and Crocker Bank. The eatery, online at everytable.com, will be sharing space with Amazon which occupies most of the building. Last February, Amazon announced plans to try to attract a restaurant to occupy the 1,400-square-foot space near the front entrance. The majority of the building houses software engineers who develop content and programming for Amazon’s popular Alexa product.

Everytable, which was started in 2013 and has locations in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Carson, and Compton, describes their business as follows:

“Our mission is to make nutritious, fresh food affordable and accessible to all.

On almost every major street corner in America, fast food joints sell burgers, fries, and chicken nuggets. These multi-billion dollar businesses have become the landscape of America, the food system itself. But the world is changing. People are searching for healthier, fresher fare.

Everytable aims to redefine the food landscape the same way McDonald’s did fifty years ago. But this time, instead of burgers and fries, we are selling nutritious, fresh, made-from-scratch food, at fast-food prices.

Everytable’s business model drastically reduces the costs of the standard restaurant model. Chefs at our local kitchen turn fresh, wholesome ingredients into delicious meals, which we sell through our small, grab-and-go storefronts. From start to finish, everything is designed to be super-efficient, and the savings are reflected in our prices.

We have locations in food deserts, underserved communities with little or no access to healthy food, and in affluent areas. To ensure that everyone can afford our meals, we price them according to the neighborhoods we serve. Every meal you purchase, helps us open up locations in food deserts around LA, where we sell our meals for less.”

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Bars serving food ordered to close

I am hearing that brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs and lounges have been ordered to close all operations. I have also been told that some venues, such as Island Brewing Company in Carpinteria, have rolled back to to-go only sales until further notice. Earlier in the week I spoke to bar managers on the 500 block of State Street who were setting up catering through a neighboring restaurant so they could keep their doors open but that option appears to be unavailable now. Here is the public health directive:

PRESS RELEASE
July 2, 2020

HEALTH OFFICER ORDER MODIFIED TO CLOSE
MULTIPLE BUSINESS SECTORS IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Santa Barbara County Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a Health Officer Order mandating the closure of multiple business sectors that promote the mixing of populations beyond households and create environments where physical distancing and wearing face coverings is difficult. This guidance is effective at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2020 and will continue until 5 p.m. on July 26, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

At the direction of the California Department of Public Health and by mandate of the health officer order the following business sectors must close:
• Bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs, including bars located at permitted indoor and outdoor food facilities;
• Nightclubs, including private social clubs; and
• Indoor operations of Dine-in restaurants, Wineries and Tasting Rooms,
• Indoor operations of Family Entertainment Centers, Movie Theaters, Zoos and Museums, and Cardrooms

Outdoor operations of the above listed sectors, except for bars, breweries, pubs and brewpubs, may remain open with strict physical distancing protocols in place.

“We have made the decision to close these businesses in order to follow State guidance, especially since our case count continues to rise day by day. This action, particularly in anticipation of the holiday weekend, is a proactive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 locally,” said Dr. Henning Ansorg.

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Rusty’s Pizza update

To accommodate recent directives related to COVID-19, Rusty’s Pizza has switched to primarily offering service via delivery and pickup. Patio dining is available at 111 State Street and the newest location at 2315 Lillie Avenue in Summerland. I am told that in the near future they’ll be adding a few tables to Calle Real in Goleta, upper State Street, and possibly Carrillo Street. Stay tuned for those. To order call 805-564-1111 or visit rustyspizza.com.

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Indoor restaurants, tasting rooms, and bars ordered to close

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday at noon the required closure of certain indoor gathering places: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers (such as bowling alleys and batting cages), zoos, museums, and cardrooms. The measures go into effect immediately in 19 counties, including Santa Barbara, and will be sustained for at least three weeks. Read more at the Santa Barbara Independent.

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The Daisy restaurant update

This just in from The Daisy at 1221 State Street:

Hello all!

We hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Well, the question about when to re-open is a difficult one to answer. We had initially hoped to open this week. But no longer. Our lunchtime customer base is still absent — either working from home or taking care of kids who are unable to go to school or to camp, etc. Ultimately, it would likely cost us more to be open than to remain closed.

The last thing we want to do is to reopen only to have to close down again. It is too great an expense. Even as I type this, bars are having to close again and restaurants could well be added to the mandated closures if the rate of infection and death continue to rise.

Mainly though, we don’t think it is yet safe for our customers, our staff, or ourselves. The well-being of the people in our society is our paramount concern. If we could guarantee good health, we might possibly open sooner but that’s simply not something available to us (or anyone).

So, we hope to open sometime in August but the healthcare and medical professionals will be our guide, not an abstract political ideology. We will update accordingly.

In the meantime, please continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask in public spaces.

With love and good wishes for all of our futures,
Dominic & Carmen

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Mid-year openings and closings review

New restaurants that opened during January – June 2020: Ca Dario Montecito, Coast & Olive at Montecito Inn, Kaiju, Lokum Turkish Coffee, Noemi Pizza Romana, Oakberry Acai Bowls, Poke Theory, Rusty’s Pizza in Summerland, Santa Barbara Wood-Fired Pizza, Taqueria Santa Barbara, Wing Drop, and Wingman Rodeo.

Permanently closed restaurants during January – June 2020: 212 Hot Pot, Aladdin Cafe, Cafe Ana, Campus Point Coffee, Challwa Peruvian Cuisine, Chicken in a Barrel BBQ, Choppa Ice Cream, Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, Coffee Bean Lower State, Coffee Bean Carpinteria, Crushcakes & Cafe Carpinteria, Due Lune Ristorante and Bar, eBar Coffee at Nordstrom, Endless Summer Bar Cafe, Enterprise Fish Company, La Cocina, Lilsey’s Wood-Fired Pizza, Marketplace Cafe at Nordstrom, Petros Kafe, Pieology, Pizza Hut, PizzaRev, Romanti-Ezer, Roost, Sides Hardware and Shoes, Subway Magnolia Center, Tamira, and Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Brew Pub.

I added 4 restaurants closures to the 2020 stats chart that are not listed by name because they are mostly likely closed but still pending confirmation or I have been asked by the restaurant to not mention the closure yet. For comparison purposes the chart only includes stats from the first 6 months of each year.

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