First Look at the Menu for Bar Le Côte, the Bell’s Spinoff Opening This Week in Los Olivos

••• Revolver is making cheesesteaks “for a limited time only.” Photo by Carl Perry.

••• Noozhawk finally discovered that Reunion Kitchen + Drink is opening at the Cabrillo Pavilion on East Beach. It should debut “in the next month or so,” depending on permits.

••• Diana Pereira, a cofounder of the Kitchen, the multifaceted* project coming to 530 State Street (Cota), says they’re hoping to start construction imminently, with an opening at least six months away. (*From the website: “The 11,500-square-foot community kitchen […] will feature a top-of-the-line commercial kitchen for use by local food entrepreneurs and Santa Barbara chefs, along with a unique restaurant and retail experience. The Kitchen will feature […] a show kitchen, a retail market and public restaurant that encompasses a morning coffee shop and evening full bar.”) There will also be five hot kitchens and five cold kitchens; the hot ones service the restaurant. (Unlike at the Public Market, patrons will order from all menus at one counter, and the various kitchens, helmed by different chef-partners, make the food.) Pereira says three well-known Santa Barbara chefs are onboard, and the Kitchen is accepting applications for the remaining chef-partners.

••• J. heard work happening inside the storefront (left) next to the Handlebar café on E. Canon Perdido, but the company’s owners are mum about their plans.

••• Popular local mochi-doughnut maker Mor Doughnuts is rebranding as Kin Bakeshop. The word is that a lease might get finalized soon, so send some positive vibes their way.

••• Santa Barbara Wine Therapy has moved into part of the Cruisery; you enter via the bar’s Unbearable space.

••• Bell’s spinoff Bar Le Côte in Los Olivos has been lighting up Instagram with friends-and-family service, where lucky attendees got the first glimpse of what the restaurant menu might look like. (The screenshot below comes courtesy of Lisa McKinnon at @805foodie, which anyone who cares about the Central Coast food scene should follow.) The restaurant is still awaiting its beer/wine license, and it isn’t planning on accepting reservations till it can at least offer BYOB, but there may be more soft-opening events in the meantime, so stay tuned here and/or at @barlecote. P.S. The menu looks fantastic—I’ll take one of each dish, and two scoops of the vanilla ice cream with PX—but given the restaurant’s name, I was surprised how much the food leans toward Spain rather than France. Bar La Côte Basque….? UPDATE: The headline has been changed to reflect that Bar Le Côte is opening this Thursday, with or without a wine/beer license. It’ll be first-come, first-served till the license arrives, at which point, reservations will be available. (And no, you can’t BYOB in the meantime.)


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Cheers to Bar LeCote!

Lisa aka 805 Foodie #regionaltreasure


Handlebar is not “mum,” about their plans, you could simply actually ask them. They are very open and friendly about it, no need to gossip.

Erik Torkells

I’ve asked a couple times lately, to no response. It’s possible they’d rather not share it with a media outlet, for whatever reason, and that’s certainly their prerogative.

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