Casa Blanca Appears to Have Closed

••• Restaurant Guy says that Casa Blanca “apparently has closed after nearly nine years in business,” and a Sunday-only taqueria specializing in birria, Yona Redz, has taken its place. (Its tacos are pictured below.) And farther up State Street is the new Crazy Jim’s Tacos y Más.

••• Caruso’s at the Rosewood Miramar Beach resort is now only offering four- and six-course tasting menus. I suppose the economics of that restaurant rely on patrons ordering more than a salad and a plate of pasta.

••• The Drunken Crab reached out to say that the restaurant isn’t closing, it’s relocating somewhere to be determined on State Street.

••• I finally got around to trying Noemi, the new Roman-style pizzeria in San Roque. There weren’t many options to choose from, probably because we rolled in around 11:45 a.m., but what we had was quite tasty.

••• And while I’m waxing enthusiastic: the fig, ricotta, and caramelized onion tartine at The Lark was one of the best things I’ve eaten lately.

••• The Independent profiles/reviews Revolver, the new Westside pizzeria.

••• More vacancies at Paseo Nuevo: Wetzel’s Pretzels is said to have closed, and PokeCeviche is closing soon. —Restaurant Guy

••• “The Santa Barbara Vintners took its case for an assessment fee on tasting room wine sales to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday [….] The proposed assessment would be a 1.5 percent fee per each bottle sold in tasting rooms and wineries throughout Santa Barbara County, or a ‘subset’ of a brand’s total sales.” —Noozhawk


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