••• Frequency Wine Company has a fantastic new space at 804 Anacapa (Canon Perdido/De La Guerra)—it’s in the back left corner, with that huge fenced off terrace for its outdoor tables. (The photo was taken a while ago.) There’s just wine for now, with food to come at some point. And I hear another winery is taking its former space next to
C’est Cheese the Cheese Shop Santa Barbara. More on that when it’s confirmed….
••• “The city is asking about 25 businesses [on the State Street Promenade] to reshape their outside patios to make more room for first responders, mainly the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.” —KEYT
••• Restaurant Guy noticed that Embermill‘s Facebook page says it has permanently closed, but there are no other indications. (I wouldn’t make too much of the fact that the building has been on the market.) I’ll investigate later today. Update: Edible Santa Barbara found a rental listing for the space, which is much more meaningful. Update #2: I called, and the restaurant is open tonight but closing for good tomorrow because the rent got raised too much.
••• Costa Kitchen & Bar at the Mar Monte Hotel has closed till February 13.
••• Taqueria Santa Barbara (State between Victoria and Anapamu) is now serving breakfast.
••• Lilac Patisserie has temporarily closed for a big expansion into the space next door. The end result will be double the indoor dining capacity, space for private events, and possibly a larger menu. The bakery hopes to partially reopen by Valentine’s Day, with the full project completing sometime in May. Follow the progress with the “Bakery updates” highlights on Instagram.
••• De La Vina Lounge, as Jimboz Lounge is now known, reopened a few weeks back.
••• Today at Your Choice Thai restaurant on upper State: “We will be trying out a new concept where we will serve ‘off-menu’ items. The inspiration comes from our favorite dishes from our family meals. The first three dishes we are introducing are very near and dear to us and all share one common theme, home and family.” The three items are pork egg rolls, pho, and Khao man gai, and they’re all gluten-free. Hours are 10 a.m. till everything is sold out.
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