••• Thanks to B. for the tip that Maiz Picante, which I think we can logically deduce will be a Mexican restaurant, is coming to 2714 De La Vina Street, next to Edomasa. According to the beer-wine license application, the proprietors are real estate agents David Back and Monika Draggoo. (I could only wait so long for the woman pictured above to finish her phone call.)
••• Ventura has a neat-looking new shop specializing in natural wines: Midtown Wines. There are plans to add pantry items.
••• In its current issue, the Montecito Journal says that Christopher and Martina Kostow of the excellent Charter Oak in St. Helena have “allegedly” signed a lease on the former Montecito Wine Bistro space. When I contacted Martina to confirm it, she was adamant that they’ve done no such thing and have no plans to—and she said that she had told the Montecito Journal as much. I subsequently heard from a friend that someone else has definitely leased on the space. If you know more, do tell: 917-209-6473, [email protected], anonymity guaranteed. UPDATE: A Montecito reader says that the new tenant is Graham Duncan of East Rock Capital. Now we just need to find out who he’s bringing on as chef….
••• Rose and Stirling Nix-Bradley of Soul Bites on State Street (Haley/Gutierrez) have big plans for the space—and are looking for investors: “Soul Bites Santa Barbara is a restaurant, bar, and upcoming entertainment venue. A soul food bistro and community gathering spot by day that will effortlessly transform into an intimate music venue at night. Rose and Stirling took over the historic building and opened up their casual soul-food restaurant. The location was once a live music venue that they intend to bring back into operation. […] Owners Stirling and Rose look forward to opening up the entertainment portion of the restaurant and hosting live music, improv comedy, theater, and DJ’s for the local Santa Barbara community.”
••• The Independent profiled chef Carolyn Kope of the Margerum Wine Company tasting room in the Funk Zone.
••• The liquor-license notice at the former Seven Bar & Kitchen at 224 Helena Avenue confirms what everyone already knew: the new tenant is Silvers Omakase, from former Sushi Bar chef Lennon Silvers Lee. Interesting that the application is only for beer and wine.
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