Modern Times Is Closing Its Santa Barbara Beer Hall

••• From Modern Times beer company: “As of the end of this week, we will be closing our Portland, Oakland, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles locations.” The Santa Barbara outpost is inside Kim’s Service Department—along with Shaker Mill and Broad Street Oyster Company—on State Street. “We wish that there were another way to resolve the financial issues we now face, but we have been put in a position—by the pandemic and global declines in the craft beer industry—from which this tremendously difficult path is the only way forward for us. While it is a path that we feel will lead to a renewed vision and new life for Modern Times, it doesn’t make taking these drastic measures any less heartbreaking. […] We have prepared a statement on the closures and what’s next for MT [….] We know we’ve asked a lot of our friends and family within the last two years, but if we could ask just one more thing, it would be that you pay some of your favorite beer enthusiasts a last visit this week.” Plus: “Everything is 50% off at our Portland, Oakland, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles spots. This offer is valid on-site only through the end of the day on Friday (Wed-Thurs 12-8 p.m. and Friday 12-5 p.m.).”

••• Embermill owner Harold Welch told Edhat that he “plans to relocate to another building by the end of spring and it’s in the works, but it won’t be on State Street.”

••• Local foodies like to argue about who loves Bell’s more, but here’s the real test: an $8,000-per-person* week in Provence this fall with proprietors Daisy and Greg Ryan, organized by Modern Adventure. (*Based on double occupancy and excluding airfare.)

••• Commercial real estate agent Caitlin Hensel posted that the Good Land Wine Shop is opening at 4173 4177 State Street (near the intersection of Highway 154).

••• The Independent profiles the new Peasants Deli in Solvang.

••• Activity at the former 805 Hazy & Deli space at 135 E, Carrillo (Santa Barbara Street) has been intermittent since November; now a Restaurant Guy reader has seen construction again, and C. messaged to me to note the row of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company signs visible inside (below). The signs were there back when I peeked in around November, however, and the liquor license database shows nothing new. Anyone know anything?


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Matt F

Any idea what is going in next to brioche on De La Vina and Alamar? There’s activity there too and brioche removed their extra patio tables in front of the space.

Erik Torkells

Bree’osh is expanding into the former Our Daily Bread space next door. If it moved its tables, it was likely just to make more space for the workers.