Augie’s Is Starting to Come Together

••• Augie’s, the Mexican restaurant at the corner of State and Ortega, briefly began taking reservations starting in mid-October before deciding to press pause. If you haven’t seen the building lately, it’s looking sharp; the palm tree in the entrance is brilliant. According to the website, the chef is Eduardo Gonzalez: “Santa Barbara native, raised in Guadalajara, chef Eduardo and his culinary team are focused on delivering an amazing dining experience. Utilizing fresh, local, healthy, authentic ingredients, chef Juan [um, sic?] creates deliciously beautiful food. Graduate of Gastronomica Pexchi, chef Eduardo owned his own restaurant in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Locally, he has worked for the prestigious Hillstone Group [i.e., Honor Bar], Four Seasons, and Rosewood Miramar.”

••• Bettina has introduced a happy hour special—free Margherita pizza with the purchase of a bottle of wine—Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

••• The restaurant that Tara Penke and Jaime Riesco, who currently operate Picnic in Barcelona, are opening in the former Low Pigeon space at Anacapa and Ortega has a name: Gala. “Inspired by Cadaqués, we were trying to find that Costa Brava feel but also make it festive,” explained Penke. She included a photo of Salvador Dalí in his boat, named Gala, which was also the name of his wife.

••• Zookers in Carpinteria is opening “a new meat and seafood shop,” according to this Craigslist ad spotted by Edible Santa Barbara.

••• The Courtyard by Marriott under renovation/construction at State and Arrellaga will have an all-day restaurant called St. Remy (or maybe Saint Remy): “Situated around the hotel’s lush pool and courtyard, St. Remy offers a Mediterranean, ingredient driven dining experience.”

••• “The Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital revamped its overall approach to health and nutrition at its Oak Park Market + Eatery this year. Located just across the street from Cottage Hospital, the eatery is expanding its market options. […] Residents all over town are coming by to grab a bite, even if they’re not going to the hospital.” —KEYT

••• Tamar has merch.


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