••• Bell’s announced via Food & Wine that its forthcoming restaurant in the former Sides Hardware & Shoes space in Los Olivos will be a “seafood tavern” called Bar Le Côté. “Le Côté refers to both ‘the side of’ and ‘the coast,’ explained Bell’s co-owner Greg Ryan. “Brad Mathews will be our chef and partner at BLC. We are old friends and he was the chef at Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach under David LeFevre. He also works with Neal Maloney at Morro Bay Oyster Company.” They’re aiming for spring. P.S. Tasty logo.
••• I’m sorry to report that Noemi, the Roman-style pizzeria that opened six months ago, has shuttered. From the owners’ announcement: “We just had so many challenges from Covid lockdowns, staffing to operations. I am heartbroken to have to close permanently. My heart goes out to all business owners, especially food/drink businesses. I saw first hand the laborious work, long hours and sacrifices involved in running a restaurant. Thanks to all of you who supported us during these past months. I am truly disappointed we could not stay open longer. Here’s to 2021—please go support our local businesses.”
••• From noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, La Paloma Cafe is selling a burrito that changes weekly—last week’s was a burnt ends burrito, with brisket, tri-tip, red chili rice, jack cheese, black-eyed peas, and cabbage slaw—and $3 from each one goes toward emergency grants for Acme Hospitality employees.
••• Better Burrito’s new sandwich sister, On a Roll, has joined Third Window Brewing Co.’s pop-up rotation; it’s at the brewery 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
••• An update from Tondi Gelato, coming to the State Street side of Paseo Nuevo: “We are waiting to get our permits before to doing some work, and then we’ll open up!”
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