••• The Independent‘s recent article about the Santa Barbara Economic Development Partnership included word of “an exciting new venture at the former Samy’s Camera. Diana Pereira, one of the founders of Impact Hub (now called Kiva Cowork), has combined forces with Chris Chiarappa of Mesa Burger to launch Kitchen 530, a shared commercial kitchen and restaurant that marries the co-working concept with food and drink.” Here’s more from the Kitchen 530 website: “The 11,500-square-foot community kitchen, to be located at 530 State Street 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.” It’s shooting to open this fall.
••• Jeanine’s has decided to close its location on E. Figueroa Street, in La Arcada Plaza. The other three remain open. —Independent
••• La Paloma is now serving lunch (for takeout) Wednesday through Sunday. Here’s the menu.
••• Chain restaurant Wingstop is opening at La Cumbre Plaza. —Restaurant Guy
••• And on the other side of Chipotle, Panera Bread has closed for good “due to loss of business from Covid-19 restrictions,” according to the sign on the door. Thanks to T. for the tip.
••• Mosby Vineyard & Winery is on the market for $8.5 million. From the listing: “Easily seen from Hwy 101 just south of Buellton off the Santa Rosa Rd exit, this 208-acre property was planted by pioneer winemaker Bill Mosby in 1977. The red barn housing the Mosby Tasting Room is a well-known landmark for locals and visitors alike. Still operating under the original wine permit issued by Santa Barbara County in 1978 this historic property is ready for its next chapter to be written. The unique micro-climate of this location is created by ocean breezes from both Gaviota to the south and Lompoc to the west with clay loam and shale soils supporting approximately 18 acres of Italian varietals.”
••• In a Bloomberg article about food trends, Bell’s confirmed that it will take over the vacant lot next door for pop-ups with Priedite Barbecue.
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I miss Samy’s Camera. The first camera I bought from them when they were on Milpas was just after 9/11. President Bush said we should go out and spend money to fuel the economy. The last camera I bought was two months before they closed on State Street. This area needs a camera shop, not another restaurant.