••• Alessia Patisserie & Cafe invited me for a friends-and-family meal. As you can see above, the space looks fantastic, with a takeout counter on one side and table service on the other. I had the breakfast sandwich, which was extremely satisfying; not pictured is the accompanying side of smashed fingerlings. (I nearly skipped lunch.) The restaurant opens tomorrow at 7 a.m. for pastries and coffee; breakfast and lunch follow from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner service will kick off soon. As with any new restaurant, be patient if you visit during the first few days.
••• The folks behind The Good Plow, the farm-to-table fast-casual restaurant in the former Fosters Freeze in Carp, are hoping to raise $48,000: “We are so close to opening our doors at the Good Plow and need your help for this final push! Our community is chomping at the bit for us to open but until we can finish the patio, buy the remainder of tables, supplies, and stock the restaurant with inventory we just can’t make it happen.” Nearly $23,000 has been pledged via the Kickstarter drive.
••• Popular Solvang restaurant Peasants Feast says it’s in the “very early stages” of opening Peasants Deli.
••• The hotel under construction at 524 State Street (Ortega/Haley) has a liquor-license application posted on it. The applicant is 524 State Investors LP/Drift Santa Barbara F&B LLC, but there’s little info in the application, other than the restaurant appears to be an in-house project. Of note: the same folks also have an LLC called Drift Santa Barbara (with no “F&B”), which leads me to believe Drift will be the name of the hotel. It’s the property for which the Anacapa architectural firm was “soliciting submissions from local artists and makers to provide art, furnishings, and fabrication” back in January.
••• Twenty-Four Blackbirds has a new cacao fruit drink: “The fruit of the cacao tree is actually not chocolaty at all, but rather is packed with tart and jammy tropical fruit flavors similar to lychee, pineapple, and pear—there is nothing like it! And we think in the world of cacao drinks there’s nothing like our new drink. This nonalcoholic sipper pours like a beer, is refreshingly carbonated, and is bursting with sweet and tart tropical flavors perfect for hot summer days or as a cocktail mixer for nights on the town.”
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