A New Restaurant and Inn in Wine Country

••• Not only will Merci Montecito be open this Sunday, it’ll have a special menu of cheeseburgers, fries, ice cream sandwiches, and Orangina floats.

••• And starting this weekend, Honey B is bringing a mobile wood-fired oven to Low Pigeon on Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can preorder from the menu of bagels and bagels sandwiches here.

••• A fan of the Press Room wrote an impassioned plea to save it from development: “With everything that is happening and wrong in the world, The Press Room remains as a small beacon of light and losing it will leave a dark hole in our hearts during a time when many of us hardly have any heart left to lose.” —Independent

••• “Alisos Canyon is the newest American Viticultural Area, or AVA, in the United States. […] The nearly 5,800-acre wine-grape growing appellation, which features more than 340 acres of grapes on nine ranches, was finally approved by the federal government on August 25.” —Independent

••• Excellent new T-shirt from Bell’s listing “things that we know people have missed or what they love about our restaurant.”

••• Clever table markers at Satellite…. And the mushroom “banh mi” is highly recommended.

••• A new restaurant has opened in Buellton. From the press release: “The Tavern at Zaca Creek is just one part of the Zaca Creek property—an expansive event venue, inn, and all-inclusive wine country destination resort which will be opening in phases in the coming months, all located on a historic Buellton property. […] Upon opening, The Tavern at Zaca Creek will accommodate approximately 56 diners on the restaurant’s enclosed and covered 1,000-square foot outdoor patio, with all COVID-19 safety and sanitation measures in place. Once the indoor dining room and main bar can seat customers, another 46 guests may be added to the mix. […] The property’s six boutique inn suites, each with luxury appointments and destination-worthy shower and bath areas are in the process of opening to guests.” Here’s the dinner menu, which features a section titled Unforeseen Greens (?). Photos by Danielle Honea Photography.