••• 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.
••• 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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