••• L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele officially opens today in the former Embermill space on State Street between Figueroa and Carrillo. (Photo courtesy the restaurant.) UPDATE 11/11: A press release came out with the hours: Tuesday through Saturday, with counter service lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m., takeout 4-6 p.m., and full-service dinner 6-9 p.m.
••• What a bummer: the plan for Handlebar Coffee to open at the corner of Milpas and Anapamu, across from the Bowl, didn’t work out. It would’ve been an excellent spot for a café.
••• They’re almost sold out for the season, but keep an eye out for the chocolate pistachio clusters from Santa Barbara Pistachio Company. The nuts are candied and then smothered in CaliBressan chocolate, and the result is addictive.
••• In a letter to the Independent, an employee of the 7-Eleven at Hollister Avenue and Patterson Avenue says that the “store is due to close in December along with a few other stores in town.”
••• The La Lieff Wines tasting room at 210 Gray Avenue in the Funk Zone—two doors up from Tyger Tyger—opens this Friday. We Want the Funk, which shares the space, is just waiting for the final OK from the city.
••• The Brass Bird café in Carpinteria has opened and it looks great—small wonder it has been popular from the get-go. Owners Sarah Dandona and Juan Rodriguez are doing much more than just coffee and pastries, with menus for breakfast and lunch that will grow over time. The café is open seven days a week, and it has a ton of outdoor seating and parking, with more indoor seating on the way. And Dandona and Rodriguez, who also own Teddy’s by the Sea, confirmed that the Teddy’s outpost in the former Mackenzie Market building in San Roque will be similar to the Carp original, but probably with a larger menu.
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