••• Last week, I asked whether anyone had eaten at Costa Kitchen & Bar, the newish restaurant at the Mar Monte Hotel on East Beach. Let’s Zagat the results: Reviewers are divided whether the room has a “retro-modern atmosphere” or “the vibe of a hotel coffee shop,” but the consensus is that the service is “friendlier than it is experienced.” The bar gets high marks (“Joshua is a great bartender”), while the food has its highs and lows. (“Avoid the flatbread.”) Most are willing to forgive the shortcomings and give it another try: “I’ve paid a lot more for less quality in Santa Barbara.” P.S. One reader was offered a locals’ discount, but when I went—and the waiter proactively asked if we were from out of town—there was no mention of such a thing.
••• “California is moving to extend the sale of cocktails to-go and keep alcohol service for outdoor dining at parklets as it aims to help restaurants recover from the coronavirus pandemic.” —KEYT
••• I got an update from Jimboz Lounge on De La Vina about its renovation: ““We should be open before Halloween. Not sure on the exact date. We got most of the things in place now, but it was a lot more work than we thought, of course.”
••• Across the street at Bree’osh, meanwhile, is a notice for a beer/wine application. Might the café have plans to stay open beyond early afternoon?
••• “Will the Abalone Fishery Return to San Miguel Island? […] Commercial Fishermen Eager to Harvest Once-Decimated Shellfish Await October 14 Decision.” —Independent
••• Alessia Patisserie & Cafe has a nice new parklet—it’s much more appealing than my photo would indicate.
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