••• Having heard that Cubaneo has closed—it opened in the spring of 2019 in the Kim’s Service Department multi-tenant space with Shaker Mill and Modern Times—I went over to check it out. The Cubaneo part was blocked off, but I could see Broad Street Oyster Company founder Christopher Tompkins, a highly recognizable presence, working there. And then someone on the premises offered up that Broad Street should open there in a week or so. (Indeed, Shaker Mill posted that it’ll reopen on January 8.) P.S. Don’t be discouraged by the above photo—you can still access Modern Times via the alley to the south.
••• Mangione’s Italian Ice Co., on State between Victoria and Anapamu, is finally gearing up to open! It’s shooting for two months or so.
••• Montecito Wine Bistro has been closed since July for a revamp that was expected to be done by September, but the website now says we can expect a spring opening. Moreover, the Montecito Wine Bistro Instagram account has been deleted, which leads one to believe the restaurant might be reborn under a new name.
••• Choppa Poke on State Street has closed, which should not come as a surprise, as I reported in November that the owner is planning on opening a restaurant called Mokutan there. The Goleta one is still open.
••• The annex at Handlebar‘s outpost on E. Canon Perdido has opened, and it appears to be getting used solely for extra seating at this point.
••• In other coffee news, I had a strange experience at the Old Town Coffee inside Mosaic Locale on State Street the other day. After I paid with my phone, the barista said I was all set without even flipping the monitor around so I could tip. “We’re trying to encourage people to tip in cash,” she explained, adding that it was a way to avoid paying credit card companies their percentage. (And, I might add, it allows you to keep tips under the table.) All of which is fine, but I have to imagine that fewer and fewer people have cash on hand these days.
••• In case you missed it in the recent Odds & Ends post, the Isla boutique inside the Hotel Californian has closed, and according to a staffer, the Foley Food & Wine Society tasting room is going to be there (and not in the Blackbird restaurant space further down State Street, as was reported when news of Bill Foley buying the hotel was announced). By the way, Blackbird has a more robust food menu (online, anyway) than when the restaurant transitioned to more of a bar.
••• The folks at Petit Valentien sure know how to take a vacation: the restaurant is closed till the first week of February.
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