••• I heard that Solvang burger-and-fries restaurant Chomp is taking over the Chuck’s Waterfront Grill and Endless Summer spaces at the harbor, but Chomp owner Aaron Petersen said it’s far from a done deal: “Chomp is in escrow for the businesses but it might not happen as Covid and lease issues with the City remain. They have been cooperative but details of ‘down time’ need to be worked out. So we will see. Really up in the air right now.” Even if no agreement is reached, whether Chuck’s and Endless Summer will reopen is unclear. I don’t have any way to reach the owners, but the website for both establishments is down; Endless Summer’s phone is no longer in service; and while the outgoing message on Chuck’s voicemail says the restaurant will reopen when given the green light, the inside looks like it’s being packed up. UPDATE 4/30: Endless Summer and Chuck’s confirmed that they’re closed for good.
••• Taqueria Santa Barbara has opened at 1213 State Street (between Victoria and Anapamu). The menu looks appealing—that asada burrito is calling my name—and the story of how the restaurant came to be (as told to Restaurant Guy) will tug at your heartstrings.
••• “The Santa Barbara City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to make wearing masks mandatory in grocery stores, restaurants, retail food facilities, taxis, pharmacies and other businesses,” reports Noozhawk. “People not wearing masks are not to be allowed into businesses, according to the emergency proclamation. […] People who disobey the order could face a misdemeanor charge, but would most likely just receive a warning.” At a café recently, I was amazed to see that none of the five other patrons were wearing masks.
••• The new website for the Cabrillo Pavilion on East Beach has
what I think is a photo (and not a rendering) a rendering of La Sirena, the restaurant in the building. UPDATE 4/30: The Parks Department says it’s a rendering.
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