Wingstop opens in La Cumbre Plaza

Reader Steve H. let me know that Wingstop has opened in La Cumbre Plaza at 3849 State Street, next to next to Chipotle. Wingstop began as a small buffalo-style chicken wing restaurant in Garland, Texas, in 1994, Wingstop has expanded to more than 1,500 restaurants open across the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, UK and the United Arab Emirates. Reader Cris let me know that a sign for the fast-growing eatery has appeared in La Cumbre Plaza between See’s Candies and Chipotle.

“Our proprietary recipes, outstanding food and superior customer service created a demand that could only be satisfied by more locations,” says a message on the company’s website. “We’re not in the wing business. We’re in the flavor business. Wingstop is the destination when you crave fresh never faked wings, hand-cut seasoned fries and any of our famous sides. For people who demand flavor in everything they do, there’s only Wingstop – because it’s more than a meal, it’s a flavor experience.”

Posted in Restaurant News | 5 Comments

Valentine’s Day at Tre Lune & D’Angelo

Tre Lune on Coast Village Road in Montecito is offering a special 4-course menu this Valentine’s Day featuring Burrata Caprese, Fresh burrata cheese, heirloom tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, basil; Ravioli All ‘Aragosta, a fresh, made-from-scratch lobster ravioli in a creamy saffron sauce, Filetto Alle Erbe, an 8 oz. prime beef tenderloin grilled with fresh herbs and served with vegetables, Vesuvia Al Ciocoolato, decadent warm chocolate cake with a mixed berries compote, all paired with Beau Joie Brut Champagne. The cost is $250 per couple; $175 per couple without Champagne. Open Daily 12p.m.-9p.m.

D’Angelo Bakery in downtown Santa Barbara, open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., is offering a very special treat this Valentine’s Day – chocolate dipped strawberries. A 6-pack is $25. Pre-orders encouraged, but not essential

 

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Valentine’s Day at Tre Lune & D’Angelo

Jill’s Place to open for Valentine’s Day

Jills Place usually is closed on Sunday’s but is open this VDay 4:30-8:30. Taking reservations 805 963-0378

Jill Shalhoob
Jill’s Place Restaurant

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Jill’s Place to open for Valentine’s Day

Valentines treats from Crushcakes

Hi John,
We wanted to let you know that we are taking pre-orders now for Valentines treats from Crushcakes! We are making special Valentines Cake Pops, Cookies, Cakes and Cupcakes. Our custom orders fill up by Friday so get yours in asap! Our Crushcakes in Goleta and Santa Barbara will be open all weekend but we do often sell out so call in soon!! xoxoxoxoxo

Shannon M. Gaston
Crushcakes Cafe

Posted in Restaurant News | 2 Comments

Grants available for local restaurants

The Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation Restaurant Fund announced a new grant program today to provide relief for small, independently-owned, dine-in restaurants during the ongoing pandemic. Small businesses in the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley (including Los Alamos) are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000.

“Our local restaurants are a vibrant and important part of our community,” said Dan Gainey, President of the Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation. “With this fund, we hope to give some of our small, independently owned restaurants which have been severely impacted by COVID-19 some financial assistance to support their basic needs in the short term when there are gaps in federal, state and local funding related to pandemic relief. We strongly believe that providing support to these businesses will benefit the entire community.”

The Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation Restaurant Fund is a committee advised fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, which is working to provide additional relief to the community at large. The grant program application period opens on Thursday, February 4, and will close on Monday, February 22.

View the guidelines to learn more about the program and apply: https://www.sbfoundation.org/covid-19-business-community-resources/restaurant-grant-program/

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Grants available for local restaurants

Valentine’s Day at Ca’ Dario

Ca’ Dario restaurants are offering a 4 course $80 prix fixe menu at their 3 restaurant locations (also available for takeout/delivery). For details and a menu visit cadariorestaurants.com.


Ca’ Dario’s Lobster Ravioli. Courtesy photo.

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Valentine’s Day at Ca’ Dario

La Paloma Cafe resumes outdoor dining

La Paloma Cafe resumes outdoor dining for dinner on Thursday, February 11.  You can also enjoy your favorite ranchero creations for lunch. Lunch is takeaway only with access to our patio for self-seating and includes pozole, fresh salads, and slow-cooked sides. Or experience brand new offerings like the Burnt Ends Brisket & Tri-Tip Bowl, BBQ Pork Burrito, and JT’s Chicken Caesar Wrap.

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on La Paloma Cafe resumes outdoor dining

Valentine’s Day at Rosewood Miramar Beach

Rosewood Miramar Beach is celebrating love on the American Riviera with several Valentine’s Day offerings this year. Reconnect over an intimate six-course prix-fixe dinner for two at Caruso’s. For Valentine’s Day, the beachside oceanfront restaurant will offer fine wine, candlelight and captivating views. Enjoy chef Massimo Falsini’s six course menu ($325 for two adults) or his special Plant Based Menu ($250 for two adults).

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Valentine’s Day at Rosewood Miramar Beach

Heart shaped pizzas at Rusty’s

You know Valentine’s Day is near when round pizzas suddenly become scarce. Rusty’s Pizza has announced that they will be delivering the love with their Heart Shaped Pizzas Feb., 11th – 14th. This Santa Barbara favorite is outlined with pepperoni and a choice of 2 toppings. Make it even more special by adding a couple of bottles of Pol Clement French sparkling white wine. Pick-up & Delivery available all day Feb. 11th – 13th. Limited pick-up at some locations Feb.14th 4p.m. – 8 p.m. Call to order – 805-564-1111.

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Heart shaped pizzas at Rusty’s

Toma restaurant reopening

This just in from Toma Restaurant on Cabrillo Boulevard:

Hi John,
I wanted to let you know that we will be opening Toma Restaurant back up on Wednesday, Feb. 10. We have built a new roof over our existing parklet and have seating along the sidewalk. We will be offering our same menu for outdoor dinning and take out as well.
Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you at the restaurant soon!
Tom Dolan

Posted in Restaurant News | 1 Comment

Restaurant Review of the Day

From reader JRS:

2/3/2021 BIG CHANGE…Every week we get takeout from CHINA KING in Goleta. This week we sadly found that there has been a change of management. The receipt now says “Northern Brothers”. Unfortunately, the N. Brothers do not give you white rice with your entree dish and also do not include the typical freeby egg rolls either. We were told that “Jennifer” was taking time off (?retiring?) and we wish her well and will miss- her along with the rice and egg rolls!

Posted in Restaurant News | 3 Comments

Valentine’s Day with Valentino’s

Proprietor Shayre Olive-Jones, owner of Valentino’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza on  Hollister Avenue in Noleta, tells me that the restaurant will be open open from 11 to 7 on February 14 Valentine’s Day and plans to celebrate the occasion with their famous heart shaped pink pizzas that are a family tradition for many. Make sure you order early.


Photo by The Restaurant Guy

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Valentine’s Day with Valentino’s

South Coast Deli coming to upper State Street

Eagle-eyed reader Geren spotted Deli Boy peeking out from behind an empty sign on upper State Street, the former home of Noemi Pizza Romana (June 2020-January 2021) and Pizza Guru (July 2006-October 2019). Deli Boy is the mascot for the popular South Coast Deli which has locations at on Carrillo Street, Chapala Street, South Patterson Avenue in Goleta, and Pardall Road in Isla Vista.


Photo by reader Geren

Posted in Restaurant News | 9 Comments

Tre Lune leads the revival of outdoor dining on Coast Village Road

Within hours of California Gov. Gavin Newsom lifting the stay-at-home order, Tre Lune Ristorante on Coast Village Road in Montecito led the revival of outdoor dining on Coast Village Road with the introduction of a greatly-enhanced parklet and sidewalk tables that span the block from the eatery to American-made clothing store Civilianaire.

“We’re excited and full speed ahead with regular operations,” says General Manager Leslee Garafalo. “We just recently built our deck so we were fully prepared for this reopening. We have the canopy and guests are enjoying being outdoors. Even when it was raining, when we first opened up last Wednesday, there was a major downpour and people were so excited to be out that day.” In addition to the new canopy, Tre Lune’s parklet now has lighting, a wood floor, and decorative stone walls to protect diners from cars on Coast Village Road.

“The menu is the same and we have specials every day,” adds Garafalo. “Our chef creates specials for lunch and dinner, we usually have a fresh fish of the day, a special soup, a couple of different proteins, and a special dessert. Everything is homemade and our bread that we serve on our tables, or to-go, is from D’Angelo Bakery. We have bread sticks that we make in-house. People love the bread sticks with homemade pesto spinach dip.”

If people are traveling through town and have nowhere to eat they can take advantage of Tre Lune’s new car hop service where meals are served in your auto on trays. A server walks up to your car window to take the order or diners can call in a request.

Tre Lune is open every day from noon to 9 p.m. and breakfast is served Friday-Sunday starting at 8 a.m. The eatery offers takeout, delivery through Restaurant Connection, and will soon introduce in-house delivery within a two-mile radius.


Photo by The Restaurant Guy

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Tre Lune leads the revival of outdoor dining on Coast Village Road

Ice cream on the Mesa?

Rumor has it that Chris Chiarappa from Mesa Burger on Meigs Road plans to open an ice cream shop across the street next to the Cliff Room. Chiarappa has been busy during the pandemic. In the last year he opened M Kitchen inside the new M Special brewery downtown as well as plans to introduce a new 11,500 square foot community kitchen named Kitchen 530 on State Street, in the former home of Samy’s Camera.

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Ice cream on the Mesa?

Los Agaves, Santo Mezcal & Flor De Maiz reopen for outdoor dining

All five Los Agaves locations, along with sister restaurants Santo Mezcal and Flor De Maiz have reopened for outdoor dining, following the official green light from the State, County and City of Santa Barbara. “We are so grateful for the community’s continued support during this next phase, as we follow all guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our customers and team,” says owner Carlos Luna. “We hope to see you soon!” All locations will continue to offer takeout and delivery service as well.

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Los Agaves, Santo Mezcal & Flor De Maiz reopen for outdoor dining

Cajé Arlington reopens

Last November I wrote that Cajé Coffee Roasters, which opened its first South Coast location in Isla Vista in January 2009, then added a Santa Barbara outlet on Haley Street in May 2019, had opened its third area store across from the Arlington Theater on State Street, the former home of Petros and Cafe Buenos Aires. Cajé offered coffee, lattes, bagels, smoothie and acai bowls. Word on the street was that they closed soon thereafter but now reader MVB tells me that the java joint is back open and that the Petros food part of the business is coming soon.

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Cajé Arlington reopens

Jill’s Place is re-opening

Owner Jill Shalhoob tells me that Jill’s Place on Santa Barbara Street is re-opening Friday February 5th with outdoor dining and takeout. Ordering is available online or by calling.  The restaurant is open Monday-Friday for lunch 11am-3pm, Happy Hour from 4:30-6pm, and dinner from 5pm onward. Jill’s Place offers a great Saturday brunch across from Farmers Market 8am-3pm followed by dinner from 5pm. The eatery is closed on Sundays.


Photos by The Restaurant Guy

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Jill’s Place is re-opening

Greek tragedy?

Reader Brendan sent me this message about Yanni’s at Mackenzie Market on upper State Street:

“I was saddened to learn today that MacKenzie Market has closed, including the Greek deli inside, after decades serving up delicious gyros and tri-tip sandwiches. Pretty sure the closure is permanent. I had noticed it appeared closed for the past week or two and then a few days ago I walked up to look. Peering inside I could see all the furniture inside had been removed and — what really chilled me — the ever-present barbecue grill out front was gone. By chance the owner happened to come up just then, apparently to pick up mail or continue cleaning up. I asked if he’d thrown in the towel. ‘Had to,’ he said. Broke my heart. Only silver lining is another fellow there with him said he may try to open a catering operation or food truck in the future. Hopefully that comes through.”


Photos by The Restaurant Guy

Posted in Restaurant News | 19 Comments

Outdoor dining returns

California Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the stay-at-home order on Monday, which allow California restaurants to again offer outdoor dining services. Four-week ICU capacity projections for our region are above 15%, the threshold that allows Santa Barbara County to end the stay-at-home order.  Without delay, local business owners are preparing to reopen outdoor restaurant dining across the South Coast which became legal again as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, January 26th. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued a local health officer order outlining the county-specific restrictions.


Photo by The Restaurant Guy last summer

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Outdoor dining returns

Barb’s Pies opens downtown

Last August I wrote that a “Public Notice of Application for Ownership Change” sign was posted on East Cota Street, the former home of The Middle Child, that indicated a new bar/restaurant named “Venus in Furs” was on the way from the owners of The Good Lion and Barbareño.

Reader Christine tells that Venus in Furs is now open featuring Barb’s Pies from Barbareño. A menu is available online. “Merging our sourdough baking expertise with our passion for pizza, Barb’s Pies offers extra-large oval masterpieces made with the finest local ingredients,” says head chef Julian Martinez. “Some may call this pizza blasphemy, but we just call it our own special style. Our guiding light, Barbareño, has bestowed upon us the strongest moral code–prompting us to source our produce, cheeses, charcuterie, and even flour from local farmers and artisans. That, combined with a 48-hour fermented sourdough and the power of a 650 degree deck oven brings about a beautiful rustic hybrid that gives a true taste of Santa Barbara by way of the pizza pie.”


Courtesy

Posted in Restaurant News | 2 Comments

Chad’s to-go

Chad’s Cafe on West Cabrillo Boulevard (formerly named Sambo’s) has launched a new to-go menu. The list features Killer Burritos (all served with scrambled eggs, homemade pinto beans, a blend of Monterey Jack and Medium Cheddar Cheese), Breakfast Sandwiches (with a butter toasted Brioche Bun that is grilled and topped with scrambled eggs , and a single slice of cheddar cheese), the Classic Breakfast (all served with choice of Home Potatoes, French Fries or Fruit), Pancakes (add Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas, Chocolate Chips), Lunch (Turkey Sandwich, Santa Barbara Burger, Club Sandwich, Chicken Tenders, Quesadilla), and an over-21 drink menu.

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Chad’s to-go

Black Sheep reopens

Owner Ruben Perez tells me that The Black Sheep restaurant on East Ortega Street started serving to-go food again on January 21st. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday


Courtesy

Posted in Restaurant News | 1 Comment

Dunkin’ development

After a four-year run Dunkin’ Donuts closed last December on upper State Street which is also the former home of Taco Bell and Char West. Reader Annie tells me that green fencing has gone up around the property and that there are lots of work trucks onsite.

Posted in Restaurant News | 9 Comments

Corazón Guisados coming to Victoria Street

Reader Ashrith tells me that Corazón Guisados restaurant, offering homemade Guisados, Tamales and Churros, is coming to East Victoria Street, the former home of Ca’Dario Pizzeria. This will be owner Ramon Velazquez’s third local eatery. He operates Corazon Cocina locations in the Santa Barbara Public Market and on State Street in the Funk Zone.

Posted in Restaurant News | 2 Comments

Beachside Bar-Cafe to close permanently

Reader Cris let me know that Beachside Bar-Cafe on Sandspit Road in Goleta is closing for good. The restaurant opened in 1985 by proprietor Dave Hardy. Here is a message to you from the business:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that after 36 years Beachside Bar-Cafe is closing its doors permanently.

We want to thank our local community for your support and patronage through these ever changing times. It is because of YOU that we had so much success in the 36 long years of business. We share an ethereal love for our customers and have memories that we will cherish forever.

We will continue to be open for takeout roughly until the end of January/till inventories last. That being said, we have made most of our wine list, by the bottle available to you at a huge discount price of 50% off! Come out and enjoy our delicious food and drinks one more time!

From the bottom of our hearts we are forever grateful for your support through the years. Thank you.

Courtesy

Posted in Restaurant News | 9 Comments

Question of the Day

Have you heard of any restaurants doing Valentine’s Day take-out specials or partnerships? Thanks for all you do! – Ellen

Posted in Restaurant News | 3 Comments

Kitchen 530 coming to downtown

Word on the street is that Diana Pereira from Impact Hub and Chris Chiarappa of Mesa Burger are launching a new venture this fall called Kitchen 530. The 11,500 square foot community kitchen, will be located at on State Street in the former home of Samy’s Camera, and will feature a top of the line commercial kitchen for use by local food entrepreneurs and Santa Barbara chefs, along with a unique restaurant and retail experience. Kitchen 530 will offer 10 hot kitchens, 10 cold kitchens/prep stations, 2 baking stations, a show kitchen, a retail market and public restaurant that encompasses a morning coffee shop and evening full bar.

Posted in Restaurant News | 5 Comments

Secret Bao to open a restaurant on Anacapa Street

Secret Bao is a popup restaurant from the former Executive chef of Loquita, Peter Lee and former Executive Sous chef of Loquita, Felicia Medina. Last June I reported that the duo were in a lease agreement to take over the old Roost space but pulled out due to the ongoing pandemic and consequently switched to doing popups at Handlebar Coffee. Now I am told that the restaurant has found a permanent home on Anacapa Street, in the former home of Coffee Cat and Café Ana which closed last March after a year and a half in business.

Posted in Restaurant News | 1 Comment

Restaurants protest dining ban

Owner Gene Montesano has posted signs at Tre Lune Ristorante-Bar and D’Angelo Bakery, calling the shutdown unfair and challenging the justification for banning outdoor dining. A message outside Tre Lune reads: “We need to work. This shutdown is not fair. Safe outside dining does not spread COVID-19.” Signs posted at D’Angelo Bakery read: “Outdoor dining six feet apart wearing masks and gloves does not spread COVID-19. It is unfair to shutdown outside dining especially with no scientific evidence. Support small businesses. Bigger is not always better.”

Posted in Restaurant News | 7 Comments

Thario’s Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner

This just in from Thario’s Kitchen in Carpinteria:

“Hello Santa Barbara, My wife (Thais) and I (Mario) own Thario’s Kitchen. We’re a Italian European restaurant. Serve Pizza,Pasta and Salads. Serve lunch and dinner. Open from Wed to Sun. 12 to 8pm. Pick up and delivery thru Grubhub and DoorDash. Home made food. Our Lasagna is the big seller. The best in Santa Barbara County from what our customers are saying. Our pizzas are amazing too and are becoming very popular now.”

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Thario’s Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner

Miramar Beach Bar is now open for to-go drinks

Inspired by a luxurious sailing vessel, the Miramar Beach Bar on South Jameson Lane in Montecito features highly varnished wood, copper and stainless-steel detailing. The day-to-night beachfront destination presents a memorable venue for guests to socialize over music and activities including shuffleboard. Miramar Beach Bar is now open for walk-up service for locals and guests alike, who would like to purchase made-to-order cocktails to-go. A full bar is available, in addition to a limited menu of the bar’s most popular cocktails, wines and beers. The Miramar Food Truck, conveniently parked adjacent to the Beach Bar, will continue to serve existing to-go offerings, including casual comfort foods (burgers, tacos, salads and more) as well as pre-bottled libations to-go. Miramar Beach Bar is open for to-go cocktails daily from 12pm – 6pm.


Courtesy

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Miramar Beach Bar is now open for to-go drinks

La Paloma Cafe now offers takeaway for lunch & dinner

La Paloma Café opened for dinner service last November on Anacapa Street, the former home of the Paradise Café and La Paloma. Now you can enjoy your favorite ranchero creations for both lunch and dinner. Lunch includes pozole, fresh salads, and our famous slow-cooked sides. Or experience brand new classics like the Burnt Ends Brisket & Tri-Tip Bowl, BBQ Pork Burrito, and JT’s Chicken Caesar Gringo.

The original La Paloma was a traditional Mexican restaurant that was operated by the property owners from 1940-1983 at which time the space was leased to the Paradise Café which carried the torch for the next 37 years. Acme Hospitality, owners of many popular area eateries including Helena Avenue Bakery, The Lark, Loquita, and Lucky Penny, bought the business in 2019 and originally planned to continue the Paradise Café brand but the closures caused by COVID-19 created an opportunity to do something new while resurrecting a storied local business name.

Courtesy

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on La Paloma Cafe now offers takeaway for lunch & dinner

Bell’s BBQ

Reader Kip sent me an update about Bell’s Restaurant on Bell Street in Los Alamos:

“So, this is happening in Los Alamos every other week. Texas style bar-b-que where folks are lining up at Bell’s Restaurant and getting the best smoked meats and sides available in the region. This week the line was over 50 people some times. It is first come, first server so you had better get there early, the brisket goes fast. The wait in line is fun as there is a small farmers market and coffee served.”

Bell’s is a New French eatery started in 2018 by Chef Daisy Ryan and her husband, Gregory, who have created a place that feels familiar and offering farm-fresh cuisine.


Courtesy

Posted in Restaurant News | 3 Comments

Question of the Day

Hello,

I was wondering if you had any updates regarding Corktree Cellars in Carpinteria and The Nook in the Funk Zone?

I’ve called Corktree and their outgoing message states that they will be reopening on 1/2/21, however they seem to be still closed. Any updates you have would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Marie

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Question of the Day

Wingstop coming to La Cumbre Plaza

What began as a small buffalo-style chicken wing restaurant in Garland, Texas, in 1994, Wingstop has expanded to more than 1,500 restaurants open across the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, UK and the United Arab Emirates. Reader Cris let me know that a sign for the fast-growing eatery has appeared in La Cumbre Plaza between See’s Candies and Chipotle.

“Our proprietary recipes, outstanding food and superior customer service created a demand that could only be satisfied by more locations,” says a message on the company’s website. “We’re not in the wing business. We’re in the flavor business. Wingstop is the destination when you crave fresh never faked wings, hand-cut seasoned fries and any of our famous sides. For people who demand flavor in everything they do, there’s only Wingstop – because it’s more than a meal, it’s a flavor experience.”


Photo by The Restaurant Guy

Posted in Restaurant News | 8 Comments

Matty’s Hot Chicken Pops-Up on Haley Street

Reader Karl’s wife is helping spread the word that Matty’s Hot Chicken is starting pop-up events at Duo Events on East Haley Street. The Friendly Neighborhood Hot Chicken Pop-Up event on January 10th was sold out and future gatherings are planned that will be announced online.

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Matty’s Hot Chicken Pops-Up on Haley Street

Goodbye from Jeannine’s Bakery on Figueroa Street

Jeannine’s Bakery which opened in September 2008 on East Figueroa Street has decided to close their doors permanently. Jeannine’s has published a heartfelt message to you about the change and also offer details about the reopening of their other locations:

It is with great regret that we have made the decision to close the restaurant on Figueroa Street permanently. Our Jeannine’s family has so enjoyed being a part of the Downtown community for the past 15 years, and we are especially grateful to La Arcada for having provided such a beautiful home for all of us. This decision was one of the most difficult that we have had to face during these unprecedented times.

Since 1987, it has been our honor to participate in your celebrations and weekend brunches. We are grateful that you have shared your jury duty breaks, your business meetings, and just your everyday routines with us. We have many fond memories to take with us and we hope you do as well. We look forward to many more years of service at our other three restaurants.

We have taken great precautions to protect our staff and patrons during this health crisis. We have had only one positive test, back in April, and are proud that we have had no further cases within our Jeannine’s Family. Each of our valued employees has been mindful of their actions in their personal as well as their work lives, and this has contributed to keeping us all safe. We have been so grateful to be spared the worst of this virus so far, and our stores are currently taking a temporary pause while the health system in our community is under intense pressure.

As conditions improve, we hope that you will visit us at one of our other locations. Our Montecito location at 1253 Coast Village Road is scheduled to re-open the second week of January. The Upper State Street store at 3607 State Street and the Goleta store at 7060 Hollister Avenue will re-open as soon as the restrictions on our industry have been eased, and we are able to seat guests on our patios again. Please visit our website for the most current information.

We have been blessed with so many loyal patrons over the years. Seeing you every day creates the sense of community that makes our work fulfilling. We trust that better days lie ahead and are anxious to be back to work as soon as possible! Please be safe and try to remember to practice kindness and patience as we all struggle to navigate this difficult time together.


Photos by The Restaurant Guy

Posted in Restaurant News | 2 Comments

Lockdown update from The Patio Cafe

The Patio Cafe
3007 De la Vina St, Santa Barbara
(805) 687-3663
thepatiocafesb.com

Our new business hours are 8 am to 1 pm. Thursday- Sunday

Order Online with Restaurant Connection, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and SB-Menus

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Lockdown update from The Patio Cafe

Celebrated Chefs Pair with Famed Local Winemaker to Open New Coast Range Restaurant in Solvang

Coast Range, a Central Coast steakhouse and seafood restaurant including a full cocktail bar as well as daytime cafe and pastry program, will open in 2021 bringing new life and acclaimed chefs to the former Mandarin Touch space in historic downtown Solvang.

Award-winning chefs and industry veterans Anthony Carron, Lincoln Carson and Steven Fretz join forces with renowned sommelier and winemaker Rajat Parr to bring their collective experience to a new all-day dining concept in the heart of Solvang. Coast Range will celebrate the best that the Central Coast has to offer, including steaks from the historic ranches, seafood directly from the Santa Barbara wharves, craft cocktails and a wine program showcasing the region’s finest producers.

Coast Range will consist of three parts, and first to open will be the Vaquero Bar offering a wide selection of cocktails, local wine and craft beer. An elevated yet casual bar food menu will be available on the outdoor dining patio. The dinner-only steakhouse and seafood restaurant will highlight farms, ranches and seafood from the surrounding Central Coast including product from the owner’s Santa Ynez ranch. The daytime Cafe and Deli will feature Carson’s award-winning pastries, coffee, and casual lunch to enjoy on the restaurant’s patio or as a picnic to take to a local winery.

“They say there’s always a silver lining. While 2020 brought challenges it also allowed us to assemble a world class team of chefs and find the perfect space to showcase our talents in a part of the world we love” said Chef Anthony Carron.

More than just business partners, the Coast Range founders are longtime friends who first worked together over a decade ago, and now call the Santa Ynez Valley home. Carron was the executive chef for Michael Mina for many years, then went on to found 800 Degrees Pizza and Top Round, two LA based casual dining brands with global reach. Fretz, also a co-founder of Top Round, opened Church Key in Los Angeles and has led some of the best kitchens in the country, working with chefs such as Michael Mina, David Burke and Curtis Stone. Carson, a celebrated pastry chef and recent finalist for a James Beard Award, was most recently the chef and owner of Bon Temps in downtown Los Angeles which received local and national acclaim, including recognition as a best new restaurant from LA Magazine, LA Times, Time Out LA, Esquire and Food and Wine.

World-renowned wine maker, sommelier, author, James Beard Award winner and Central Coast resident Rajat Parr will curate a focused wine list of the best of the Central Coast, Northern California classics and special steak and seafood friendly wines from around the world.

Joining the team will be partner Hillary Calhoun, an experienced marketing professional who will oversee marketing, events, and catering for Coast Range and general manager and mixologist Joseph Sabato who has worked in many of the country’s finest restaurants including The Bazaar by Jose Andres, XIV by Michael Mina, Katsuya, Sona and Ortolan.

The team intends to open the Vaquero Bar and terrace dining first in early February strictly following Covid guidelines, followed by the restaurant and cafe later in the Spring of 2021.

Posted in Restaurant News | Comments Off on Celebrated Chefs Pair with Famed Local Winemaker to Open New Coast Range Restaurant in Solvang