Back in October, when word broke of L.A. developer Runyon‘s plan to turn the Las Aves complex across from the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge into The Post, we were told there would be just two food-and-beverage outlets—a full-service restaurant and a bakery/café. According to the agenda for today’s Historic Landmarks Commission meeting, however, The Post will now have two restaurants and two smaller food-and-beverage outlets. (The rest is retail.) Runyon is also proposing to add decks and terraces on the Cabrillo Boulevard and Los Patos Way sides.
(*The meeting has been canceled because of the storm and evacuation order.) Update: I got my meeting mixed up; the one that got canceled was the Montecito Planning Commission.)
The plans submitted to the city also include a few more renderings which, if accurate, mean the complex will be much more prominent than it currently is.
But we still don’t know what Runyon intends for the buildings that are currently home to the Montecito Athletic Club and Stella Mare’s Bistro, which it bought in November. (Stella Mare’s recently announced that it’ll be leaving at year end.) One has to presume that the developer is still trying to get its hands on the Magic Castle Cabaret building and/or the apartment building behind it, although I hear that the owner of the latter is unlikely to sell.
P.S. A. points out that Los Patos Way is in Santa Barbara, not Montecito, which is true—but I guarantee you that The Post will be much more like Montecito.
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