••• Yesterday, the county’s Architecture Board of Review discussed the Mesa Burger coming to the former Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf space at 1209 Coast Village Road. The background materials included these drawings.
••• “Bar 29, which opened in the former Hungry Cat space at 1134 Chapala Street in January 2017, has closed.” —Restaurant Guy
••• Noozhawk has more on Onus Donuts, coming to State Street (between Haley and Gutierrez), including that it should open any day now.
••• The Daisy opens at 1221 State Street (between Victoria and Anapamu) on November 18, says Restaurant Guy. From its Facebook page: “A new restaurant and retail market in Santa Barbara. Produce sourced from the local farmers’ markets, sustainably and ethically raised meats, an in-house baker and a wide selection of excellent wines on tap. All in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere. […] Bountiful house-made fare. Smoked meats, plant-based foods, bread baked on the premises. All with an emphasis on quality and taste.”
••• The Independent profiles Bar Seven in the Funk Zone on the occasion of its seventh anniversary: “Set on a distinctively grimy and relatively underdeveloped block of the Funk Zone’s outer limits, Seven serves up stiff drinks, live music, good food, and great times to customers in the know.”
••• The giveaway magazine Food + Home says that anyone can have lunch at the Monarch Grill inside Goleta’s Maravilla Assisted Living Residences: “One of the vegetarian favorites is the stuffed smoked butternut squash [….] It’s as if tangy and savory had a baby!” (What would they name it? Zesty?) There was a time when I would’ve scoffed at the idea of outsiders dining there, but years ago, when I took over as editor of Budget Travel magazine, I used to mock one of the tips that had been run—that you can always rely on hospital cafeterias for cheap food. One day, I made fun of it to the top brass at Disney Cruise Line, and their faces went white. They regularly lunched at a hospital.