Readers tell me that something’s up at Our Daily Bread, 2700 De la Vina Street:

  • Reader Jan T: “John, there’s a rumor that Our Daily Bread has closed. Can that be true? I hope not!”
  • Reader Peter: “John, Our Daily Bread  bakery/restaurant appears to be closed. Sign on window announcing same and a peek in the window reveals empty shelves and the like.”
  • Reader Patrick: “John, there’s a sign in the window of Our Daily Bread that they have closed the Cafe but that the wholesale bakery will remain open.”
  • Reader Suzanne: “I saw a sign on the door at Our Daily Bread that their cafe is now closed, though they remain open for their wholesale bread accounts.  Do you have any inside information about whether or not they plan to make a comeback?  I wonder if this closure is also due to the fire, like it was for C’est Cheese Cafe.”


Reader Annie says that Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks, coming to La Cumbre Plaza at 3825 State Street (formerly Marmalade Café and Red Robin), has a sign up saying they are now hiring and will open in February 2018. Islands restaurant is a casual, dining restaurant chain that specializes in burgers, fresh cut fries, and specialty drinks. Their tropical-themed restaurant brings in the “Ohana” (family) feel to the restaurant’s environment. Despite being known for their burgers and fries, various other types of food are also offered, such as tacos, chicken sandwiches, and multiple entree salads. The company was founded in May 1982 by entrepreneur and surfer Tony DeGrazier in West Los Angeles and currently has more than 50 locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. The company is based in Carlsbad and does not franchise out locations.

Islands restaurant in La Cumbre Plaza



Reader Annie also says that Restaurant Connection’s Facebook page says that they now offer Wildwood Kitchen and Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio for delivery.

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Starbucks at State and Cota (539 State Street) closed for a complete remodel and I am told is now open for business.

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Word on the street is that the Magic Castle, coming to the former home of Café del Sol in Montecito may open as soon as February. Magic Castle is the clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts, is private, allowing entrance only to members and their guests. A typical evening features magic shows that range from miracles right under your nose to full stage illusions. The Castle is full of rare memorabilia there’s also a critically acclaimed, full-service dining room. As a teenager, The Restaurant Guy put on magic shows for many a birthday party. Do you think they will let me in?

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The Thomas Fire hit local businesses hard when potential customers stayed away to avoid the ash and smoke permeating the South Coast. Even ever-popular C’est Cheese at 825 Santa Barbara Street was unable to escape the slowdown in traffic. Based on a tip from reader Dad, I called the restaurant and was told that the café portion of C’est Cheese is indeed closed. A note about it is published on their web site cestcheese.com: “It is with great sadness, however, that due to the effects of the Thomas Fire that we must announce the indefinite closure of the C’est Cheese Café.” I’m told that they will reassess the situation in early 2018. The main cheese store continues to be open along with the catering service. The café was added to C’est Cheese in May, 2014.

Started in 2003 by Michael and Kathryn Graham, C’est Cheese has built up a large and loyal fan base. Many restaurants source all of their cheeses at C’est Cheese and they have a regular following of people who come in every week or two to get their cheeses. Saturday is their biggest day.

Owners Michael and Kathryn Graham at the opening of C’est Café in May, 2014



My foodie duties for the year wouldn’t be complete without summarizing activity at food & drink destinations on the South Coast. In 2017 there were 50 openings and 38 closings across the South Coast. The most openings were in September (13) while the most closings were in January (5). September’s 13 openings are the most in a single month since I started tracking restaurant statistics in 2007.

OPENINGS:  American (11), Japanese (5), Mediterranean (5), Mexican (5), Chinese (4), Coffee (2), Italian (2), Latin American (2), Pizza (2),  Bakery(1), Greek (1), Hot Dog (1), Korean (1), Market (1), Middle Eastern (1), Seafood (1), Spanish (1), Thai (1), Tropical (1), Vegetarian (1) – Bar 29, Basil’s, Bear and Star, Big Eye Raw Bar, Blackbird, Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce, Cajun Kitchen – Calle Real, Craft Raman, Dave’s Dogs, Dumpling King, Foxtail Kitchen and Bar, Gimeal Café, Goat Tree, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Guichos Eatery, Handlebar Coffee – De la Vina, Hilton Garden Inn, HiWi Tropical Fusion, Kyle’s Kitchen – Hollister, Kyle’s Kitchen – Downtown, La Hacienda, Lao Ma Tou, Lao Wang, Los Arroyos – Goleta, Luna Grill, Meun Fan Thai Café – Goleta, Miso Hungry, Mosto Crudo, Mundos, Oat Bakery, Oliver’s, Petros Kafe – Solvang, PokeCeviche, Poki Rito, Rincon Brewery – Isla Vista, Rudy’s – downtown, Rusty’s Pizza – Hollister, Santo Mezcal, Shalhoob Meat Co. Patio, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, Smithy, Starbucks – UCSB, Sun Sushi, Sunny Korean Restaurant, Tangonadas, The Deck, The Little Door, The Patio Café, Urkeb, Worker Bee Café – Goleta

CLOSINGS: American (11), Mexican (6), Pizza (4), Italian (3), Burger (2), Coffee (2), Bakery (1), BBQ (1), Greek (1), Japanese (1), Latin American (1), Market (1), Mediterranean (1), Seafood (1), Southern (1), Steakhouse (1) – American Ale 02, Barbarians Pizza, Blush Restaurant and Lounge, Bucatini, Burger Bus, Caffe Primo, Cantwell’s Summerland Market, Downey’s, Eladio’s, Giovanni’s – Isla Vista, I’a Fish Market and Café, Kol’s Cafe, Mama’s Bakery, Miso Hungry, Nugget – Carpinteria, OTaco, Outback Steakhouse, Oveja Blanca Restaurante, Paloma Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Papa Johns Pizza, Petros – Los Olivos, Rebar Coffee, Rusty’s Pizza – Turnpike, Sage & Onion Cafe, Santa Ynez Burrito – Isla Vista, Silvergreens – Downtown, Somerset, Stacky’s Seaside, Taqueria La Colmena, Terraza Café, The Cantina, The Mex Authentic, Tupelo Junction Cafe, Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Brew Pub in Hollister Village

FLASH IN THE PAN: Every year since I started tracking restaurant statistics in 2007 I gather a list of restaurants that both opened and closed in the same year. For the first time, every restaurant that opened this year stayed open all year! The closest we had to a Flash in the Pan is Somerset restaurant which opened 2 weeks before New Years Day 2017 and closed in October.

FALLEN ICONS: Santa Barbara lost several long-time local restaurants: Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, Bucatini, Downey’s, Eladio’s, Giovanni’s Isla Vista, Outback Steakhouse, Stacky’s Seaside, The Cantina Isla Vista, and Tupelo Junction Café.

TOP TEN FOOD NEWS STORIES: Usually I include a list of the top ten news stories but my stats software stopped tracking blog traffic early in the year and I never noticed. Major fail!



Reader Joe Dirt says that Chef Jessi Singh and partner Jennifer Singh will open a new downtown restaurant called Bibi Ji at 734 State Street, the former home of Relais de Paris and Ruby’s Cafe & Spirits Lounge. I’m told that restaurant will offer Indian cuisine and will open in early 2018.  Bibi Ji is named after an endearing Hindi term for women in the family, intended to pay homage to the women in both Jessi and Jennifer’s lives. I’m hearing that the Singhs are partnering with wine expert Rajat Parr.

The website eater.com says that the Singhs recently closed their similarly-named Babu Ji restaurant in San Francisco after about a year of operation. Eater.com also says the duo opened a highly regarded Babu Ji in New York City’s East Village back in 2014 to wide acclaim before it ultimately shuttered after the Singhs were hit with two wage-related lawsuits. Eater.com says the Singhs reopened Babu Ji in New York City in July 2017 with a new partner and that it’s still in operation.

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Reader Annie sent me this message:

Dickey’s BBQ in Goleta has closed as of this past weekend. Rep said the location was not good.”

I tried calling Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta and was only able to reach their voice mail. When I visited their web site dickeys.com, it no longer lists any locations on the South Coast and says the closest restaurant is in Ventura. The web site for Hollister Village Plaza, where Dickey’s is located, still says the restaurant is open for business as usual so I’ll leave it up to you to make the final call on what is really happening. Dickey’s opened in September 2016.



I recently discovered a restaurant near Kmart that is open to the public and has been around for years but had slipped under my radar even though I only live a few blocks away. FLIR Systems (pronounced “flee-er”) at 6769 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, makers of thermal imaging, night-vision and infrared camera systems, is the home of Flir Café. Korean chef Ahn Emerey offers breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The menu, available online at flirdining.com, says breakfast includes eggs, breakfast burritos, bagel or croissant sandwich, egg muffin, omelets, quesadilla, and a breakfast bowl. Lunch includes sandwiches (turkey club, chipotle chicken, BLAT, spicy Italian), and wraps (buffalo tender chicken avocado, Malibu, turkey avocado, seared ahi tuna).

Flir Cafe also offers daily specials:

  • Monday Italian $7.49: lasagna, chicken parmesan, chicken picatta
  • Tuedsay Asian $7.25: Korean curry chicken, Thai
  • Wednesday Burritos and Bowls $6.99: chicken, tri-tip, carnitas, quesarito
  • Thursday Bim Bap Bop $7.95: kimchi, bulgogi, spicy chicken, spicy pork, ahi poki bowl;
  • Friday Sandwich $7.25: gyro lamb, gyro chicken, Cuban sandwich

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I received several inquires asking why the sign was taken down at Frankland’s Crab and Company, coming soon to Montecito Inn at 1295 Coast Village Road. I did some research and discovered that they decided to change the color of the sign and it is in the process of being modified. I also learned that Frankland’s will open in late December or early January.

Chef Phillip Frankland Lee is opening multiple restaurants at the Montecito Inn including Monarch, and Scratch Restaurant in the former home of Montecito Cafe. Frankland’s menu focuses on fresh seafood including Local Ridgeback, Snow Crab Claws, Maine Lobster, White Gulf Prawns, Wild-Caught King Crab Legs, and freshly shucked Fried Oysters and Clams. A variety of sandwiches, burgers and fried side dishes are also available in addition to Fish and Chips. Chef Lee opened his first Frankland’s last May at 16101 Ventura Boulevard in Encino. Visit franklandscrabandcompany.com

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This just in from reader Mary:

“John, recently in Solvang, I noted a new restaurant has taken the space where Bacon and Brine was, at 1618 Copenhagen. Called The Ridge, the proprietors own California Taco in Nielsen Plaza, and plan to have a lunch and dinner place with a nice steak/chicken menu.  Looks great and he plans to open soon. Check it out. And, as you probably know, Chef Pink from Bacon and Brine is now chef at Root 246!! As the world turns. Hope Santa Barbara survives this fire/smoke without losing too many more stores/restaurants.”



During the Thomas fire it seems that everyone was leaving town. Even my parents had to evacuate. I am happy to report that a few new folks are actually coming our way:

  • Blue Water Grill, 15 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (formerly Rusty’s Pizza)
  • Cachuma Lake Café, Cachuma Lake marina
  • Cafe Ana, 1201 Anacapa St. (formerly Coffee Cat)
  • Ca’ Dario Trattoria and Pizzeria, 250 Storke Rd., Goleta (formerly Bicycle Bob’s)
  • Captain Fatty’s, 214 State St. (formerly Union Ale)
  • Choppa Ice Cream, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta (formerly Zizzo’s)
  • Copenhagen Sausage Garden, the Funk Zone
  • Corazon, 214 State St. (formerly Rebar)
  • Creamistry, 935 State St. (formerly True Religion clothing)
  • Crush Tasting Room and Kitchen, 432 East Haley St.
  • Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen, 35 State St. (at Hotel Californian)
  • Frankland’s Crab and Company, 1295 Coast Village Rd. (inside Montecito Inn)
  • Good Earth Pizza, 6576 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista
  • Grilled Cheese Truck, 956 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista (formerly Santa Ynez Burrito)
  • Institution Ale, 516 State St. (formerly Caffe Primo)
  • Islands Restaurant, 3825 State St. (formerly Marmalade Café)
  • Khao Kaeng by Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, 1187 Coast Village Rd., Montecito
  • La Entrada de Santa Barbara, 30 State St.
  • Magic Castle, 30 Los Patos Wy. (formerly Café del Sol)
  • Mattei’s Tavern, 2350 Railway Ave., Los Olivos
  • Modern Times Beer, 418 State St. (formerly India House)
  • Monarch, 1295 Coast Village Road (inside Montecito Inn)
  • Night Lizard Brewing Company, 607 State St. (next to Radio Shack)
  • PokeCeviche, 313 Paseo Nuevo
  • Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro, Carpinteria Ave. at Holly, Carpinteria
  • Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro, 1187 Coast Village Rd., Montecito
  • Rusty’s Pizza, 2315 Lillie Ave., Summerland (formerly Stacky’s Seaside)
  • Starbucks Drive-Thru, empty lot at Turnpike Ave. and Calle Real
  • Unnamed, 1305 State St. (formerly Downey’s)
  • Unnamed #1, 29 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (formerly El Torito)
  • Unnamed #2, 29 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (formerly El Torito)


Here is a list of area eateries that have closed in the last year:

  • November 2017: Cantwell’s Summerland Market, 2580 Lillie Ave., Summerland; Eladio’s, 1 State St.; Outback Steakhouse, 5690 Calle Real, Goleta; The Nugget, 5096 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria; Tupelo Junction Café, 1218 State St.
  • October 2017: Miso Hungry, 3613 State St. (moved to 134 E. Canon Perdido St.); Somerset, 7 E. Anapamu St. (now Smithy); Taqueria La Colmena, 217 N. Milpas St.
  • September 2017: Oveja Blanca Restaurante, 30 E. Ortega St. (neighboring Black Sheep expanded into this space)
  • August 2017: Barbarians Pizza, 511 State St.; The Cantina, 966 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista (now Dumpling King); Downey’s, 1305 State St.; Papa Johns Pizza, 5756 Calle Real, Goleta
  • July 2017: Giovanni’s, 6583 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista (now Rincon Brewery); Rebar Coffee, 214 State St. (changing to Corazon); Sage and Onion Café, 5599 Hollister Ave., Goleta (now Worker Bee Café)
  • June 2017: Burger Bus, mobile; Rusty’s Pizza, 149 S. Turnpike Rd., Goleta (now Dave’s Dogs; Rusty’s Pizza moved to 4880 Hollister Ave., Goleta);
  • May 2017: The Mex Authentic, 413 State St. (now Urkeb); Stacky’s Seaside, 2315 Lillie Ave., Summerland (changing to Rusty’s Pizza); Zizzo’s Coffeehouse and Brew Pub, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta (changing to Choppa Ice Cream)
  • April 2017: Blush Restaurant and Lounge, 630 State St.; Bucatini, 436 State St. (now Craft Ramen Bar); Mama’s Bakery, 5342 Hollister Ave., Goleta (now 7-Eleven); Silvergreens, 791 Chapala St. (now Kyle’s Kitchen)
  • March 2017: 18 East, 18 E. Cota St.; I’a Fish Market and Café, 38 W. Victoria St. (now Big Eye Raw Bar); Kol’s Café, 6533 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista; Santa Ynez Burrito, 956 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista (changing to Grilled Cheese Truck)
  • February 2017: American Ale 02, 214 State St. (changing to Captain Fatty’s); Terraza Café, 3007 De la Vina St. (now The Patio Café)
  • January 2017: Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, 1031 State St.; American Ale, 14 East Cota St. (now Foxtail Kitchen and Bar); Caffe Primo, 516 State St. (changing to Institution Ale); OTaco, 6530 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista (now Lao Wang); Paloma Restaurant and Tequila Bar, 5764 Calle Real, Goleta (now Los Arroyos)
  • December 2016: Hungry Cat, 1134 Chapala St. (now Bar 29)
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This holiday season, leave the cooking to someone else and spend more time with those that matter. For those hosting their own Christmas dinner celebration, Finch & Fork can do the cooking for you to take home. The restaurant will be offering a Prime Rib Dinner To-Go. Enjoy a half or whole Slow Roasted Full Prime Rib with Parker House Rolls, Red Wine Beef Jus, Horseradish Cream Sauce, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Cost is $450 and feeds 12. Order by Dec. 16, pick up on Dec. 25.

For those wanting to gather around Finch & Fork’s tables, the restaurant will be offering a three-course Christmas Day menu featuring seasonal dishes and holiday classics. The meal includes starters like Duck Confit Salad with preserved orange vinaigrette, pear, toasted hazelnuts, red endive and baby kale, and signature entrees like Prime Rib with whipped potatoes, caramelized mushrooms, roasted rainbow carrots, and green peppercorn bordelaise, and Sea Bass with braised beans, ham hock, Tuscan kale, citrus and tarragon hollandaise. Dinner is $80 per person.

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Here is a press-release from Epic Brewing:

On December 6th Epic Brewing purchased Telegraph Brewing Company, Santa Barbara’s first and original craft brewery, and has announced investment plans to expand Telegraph and broaden the brewery’s reach as an additional brand in the Epic family.

Telegraph Brewing has been operating in Santa Barbara since 2006 when Founder Brian Thompson opened his dream brewery, focused on high-quality, Belgian-inspired, uniquely-Californian beers produced with local ingredients.

“So much has changed in the craft beer world since I started Telegraph, back when hazy beers were just called unfiltered and there were fewer than 1,500 brewers nationwide,” Thompson said.  “Today, with the number of breweries approaching 6,000, the craft brewing landscape is radically different. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished, but the increased competition from the likes of AB-INBEV’s “crafty beers” as well as new startups is requiring everyone in the industry to recalibrate their plans for the future. Earlier this year I began looking for ways to strengthen our legacy, and entering into a transaction with Epic was the right fit, both strategically and culturally. This partnership will allow us to nurture our deep California roots, retain and expand our amazing staff, and continue to develop our brand in new and innovative ways. My team and I are excited that Telegraph Brewing will remain a small, independent craft brewery and at the same time have the support and drive provided by one of the nation’s most creative, fearless, and fastest-growing brewery.”

With Epic’s investment, Telegraph will not only continue brewing its well-respected beer, but will begin expanding its brewing operations. There are immediate plans to increase the production capacity and offer new packaging options, including several new 12-ounce cans under the Telegraph brand. Epic will also move seven of their foeders—large wooden vessels for aging sour beer—from their Denver brewery to Santa Barbara, enabling Telegraph to produce more of its award-winning sour beers. California locals can also look forward to a new series of modern IPAs including some juicy and hazy styles, which will be sold fresh from Telegraph’s brewery.

“It’s a long-term dream come true” says Dave Cole, Co-founder of Epic Brewing. “I fell in love with craft beer living in California and that love didn’t diminish when I moved to Utah despite the beer scene at the time. I feel like I’ve come full circle. We have been actively looking for great breweries to purchase for the past 18 months and bringing Telegraph Brewing into the Epic family is exciting. We are investing in the future of Santa Barbara and are thrilled to have a direct and local connection to the amazing California craft beer community, where we share so much history. To be part of such a well-regarded brewery like Telegraph is something I’ve always hoped to do and now it’s finally a reality. It provides us an avenue to combine our teams and build on Telegraph’s portfolio with our innovative vision. This couldn’t be a better fit – including some advantageous distribution overlaps that create opportunities to expand both brands across California and beyond.”



Last week I published a press-release from Steve Hermann, owner of now-closed Somerset restaurant, 7 E. Anapamu Street, that announced the opening of Smith Kitchen + Bar and that the eatery is not open on Saturdays. Hermann sent me a correction:

“Hi John, Sorry for the confusion. Yes, the name is Smithy Restaurant + Bar. We are open Saturday night for dinner but not for lunch on Saturday. We are open Sunday for brunch and weekdays for lunch and dinner. Thanks for your help! Steve”



  • December 2017: Smithy Kitchen + Bar, 7 E. Anapamu St.
  • November 2017: Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce, 38 W. Victoria St.; Hilton Garden Inn, 6878 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Miso Hungry, 134 E. Canon Perdido St.; The Deck, 6601 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • October 2017: Kyle’s Kitchen, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Lao Ma Tou, 511 State St.; Mosto Crudo, 7 W. Haley St.; Oat Bakery, 5 W. Haley St.; PokeCeviche, 901 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista; Poki Rito, 6530 Seville Rd., Isla Vista
  • September 2017: Basil’s, 608 Anacapa St.; Blackbird, 36 State St.; Craft Raman, 436 State St.; Dave’s Dogs, 149 S. Turnpike Rd., Goleta; Goat Tree, 36 State St.; Guichos Eatery, 901 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Handlebar Coffee, 2720 De la Vina St.; Luna Grill, 3925 State St.; Oat Bakery, 5 W. Haley St.; Oliver’s, 1198 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Rudy’s, 138 E. Canon Perdido St.; Sunny Korean Restaurant, 532 State St.; Worker Bee Café, 5599 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • August 2017: Dumpling King, 966 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista; Mundos, 901 N. Milpas St.; Starbucks, UCen at UCSB; Urkeb, 413 State St.
  • July 2017: Cajun Kitchen, 6025 Calle Real, Goleta; Rincon Brewery, 6583 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Rusty’s Pizza, 4880 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Shalhoob Patio, 220 Gray Ave.; Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • June 2017: Goa Taco, 718 State St.; La Hacienda, 298 Pine Ave., Goleta; Los Arroyos, 5764 Calle Real, Goleta
  • May 2017: Bear and Star, 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos; Santo Mezcal, 119 State St.; Sun Sushi, 3631 State St.
  • April 2017: Big Eye Raw Bar, 38 W. Victoria St.; Foxtail Kitchen and Bar, 14 E. Cota St.; Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, 2840 De la Vina St.; Kyle’s Kitchen, 791 Chapala St.; Meun Fan Thai Café, 5664 Calle Real, Goleta
  • March 2017: Gimeal Café, 5892 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Petros Kafe, 487 Atterdag Rd., Solvang
  • February 2017: Lao Wang, 6530 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; The Little Door, 129 E. Anapamu St.; The Patio Café, 3007 De la Vina St.; Tangonadas, 1014 State St.;
  • January 2017:            Bar 29, 1134 Chapala St.; HiWi Tropical Fusion, 6555 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista
  • December 2016: 18 East, 18 E. Cota St. (now closed); Blaze Pizza, 3925 State St.; Mesa Burger, 315 Meigs Rd.; Somerset,7 E. Anapamu St. (now Smith Kitchen + Bar)
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Somerset restaurant at 7 East Anapamu Street, which closed after 10 months in business to try a more casual style of dining, reopened on December 5th as Smith Kitchen + Bar. Smith is a completely re-designed space with a rustic, white washed interior, and reclaimed tables and benches occupying the courtyard. The new concept features a family style dinner service where plates are meant to be shared with dishes priced between $8-$18. Chef Lauren Herman helms the kitchen which features her organic, rustic fare, sourced from the central coast.

“We wanted to create a very approachable and casual dining experience that encompassed everything that is great about Santa Barbara”, said proprietor Steve Hermann. “This is the perfect place to meet with family and friends to share food and drinks, and have a great time in a relaxed setting.” Smith is open for both lunch and dinner Monday through Friday with Brunch on Sunday. It also features a Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. daily, featuring drinks priced under $6.



Cantwell’s Summerland Market at 2580 Lillie Avenue opened in July 2008, and now nearly ten years later, closed its doors as its 10-year lease expires. The Cantwell’s Market & Deli on State Street continues to be open for business as usual. Owners Jim and Carla Gally were ready to move on and put the Summerland location up for sale but the owner of the building did not agree to lease to any potential buyers of the business so it had to be liquidated.  The Gallys sold the Santa Barbara location last year which was started by Tom Cantwell in 1981.



From reader Bruce:

“We read with anguish your announcement in The Independent that Tupelo Junction closed. The only place in Santa Barbara to get hush puppies. Where are we to go for that Southern fix? An over-statement and you just reported. But if you find another place in Santa Barbara please me know. Finding an alternative would help this Northern boy impress a Southern belle.”



Reader Jerry needs your help:

“What market (Lazy Acres, Gelson’s, etc.) has good take-out fried chicken?”



Reader Richard says that the Somerset restaurant at 7 East Anapamu Street, which closed after less than a year in business to try a more casual style of dining, will reopen on December 5th as Smith.



Reader Ted let me know that the previously unnamed restaurant for employees at Deckers Outdoor Corporation, 6601 Hollister Avenue in Goleta (next to the Deckers brand showcase), has officially opened to the public and called as The Deck. The restaurant is operated by Guckenheimer Dining Services.

Manager and Chef Edward Huante tells me that the breakfast menu includes eggs, bacon, 3 types of sausage, hash browns, and daily specials. Lunch options include 2 soups daily (one is vegetarian or vegan, and the other a chicken or beef stew), 2 daily specials, a build-your-own sandwich deli, and a grab-and-go deli. Huante says on Mondays he tries to have more vegetarian fare. Tuesdays through Friday they have pizza by the slice made fresh at their outdoor pizza oven ($2.95 for 2 large slices). A Poke bar, taco bar, and burger bar are available occasionally. Fresh baked goods are available daily.

Hours are 8-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Coffee, smoothies and juice is available 7:30 a.m-3 p.m. Call 967-7611 x2233 or visit dining.guckenheimer.com/deckers to view the daily menu specials.

Manager and Chef Edward Huante at The Deck restaurant on Hollister Avenue near Los Carneros.



In November 2016 reader Nancy spotted a sign for Chicken In A Barrel BBQ, coming to 310 South Fairview Avenue which is a few doors down from Hollister on the ocean side, next to Orient Laundry. Earlier this month reader Cris passed the word that the sign is gone and the restaurant is nowhere to be seen. Reader Cris now says Chicken In A Barrel is still planning a Goleta location and working on securing a lease but it sounds like south Fairview location is out.



This just in from reader Brendan: “A sign in a commercial space on State Street near Carrillo (formerly a clothing store, I think) says that ice cream purveyor Creamistry is ‘Freezing Soon!'”

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While at La Cumbre Plaza I stopped by Islands Restaurant which is coming to the former home of Marmalade Cafe. Construction appears to be about half way done and workers tell me that the kitchen is nearly done. It looks like an early 2018 opening is likely. Thanks to reader Cris for the tip.



The mystery of why Tupelo Junction Cafe closed on State Street in early November is a little less mysterious. It appears the whole thing was planned. Though the restaurant shut its doors suddenly with no explanation, reader Peter came across a big clue in the Newport Beach, California blog savenewport.com: “Tupelo Junction Opens in the Old ‘The Porch’ Location. For those who frequent Santa Barbara, you have doubtlessly tried the famous Tupelo Junction Cafe there.  Known for its kitchen and their dog-friendly environment, the prime location in Santa Barbara closed exactly one week ago today, presumably so that the owner could focus on her shop in Newport, as she is a Corona del Mar resident. The menu will be virtually identical to the old Santa Barbara Tupelo Junction with the exception of the Happy Hour menu, which is a new addition to the Newport location.”



Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce (which means quick) has opened at the Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 West Victoria Street. The restaurant focuses on individual artisan pizzas using high quality Italian flour and also offers small bites including homemade meatballs, truffle egg, and various salads.  The restaurant will have different specials each day including daily crostini. A beer and wine license should be approved shortly. Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce is open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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I am told that the Goleta location for Ca’ Dario Trattoria and Pizzeria, coming to the Kmart shopping center next to The French Press, Chipotle, and Rusty’s Pizza, will open in January 2018. The former home of Bicycle Bob’s has been under renovation since the fall of 2016.

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