Outdoor Dining Is Once Again Allowed at Restaurants

••• “After nearly seven weeks of a regional coronavirus stay-at-home order, Santa Barbara County restaurants on Tuesday will once again be able to serve patrons on site, rather than sending them away with to-go orders. California Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the stay-at-home order on Monday [and the county followed suit], which will allow restaurants to reopen with modified outdoor services.” Many have already restarted outdoor dining, despite the weather this week. —Noozhawk

••• The Independent‘s article on the closing of the Beachside Bar-Cafe (above) had this about what comes next for the space:

With the property’s 40-year lease set to expire in March 2022, Santa Barbara County Parks was planning to start a new request for proposals process later this year. “That’s going to be accelerated,” said County Parks Superintendent Jeffrey Lindgren [….] But filling the location probably won’t be much trouble. “There seems to be a lot of interest,” said Lindgren, who’d already fielded a handful of hopeful restaurateur inquiries less than 24 hours after the news broke. […] (Interested parties can email him at [email protected].)

••• Burgers and fries have gotten star billing at Merci‘s recent Sunday pop-ups, but for my money the standout is the banana pudding. I moaned while I ate it. Sells out fast, though, so go early.

••• Cajé‘s café at State Street and Arlington Avenue, in the old Petros space, is open again.

••• The Montecito Journal ran the recipe for Bettina‘s popular meatballs. It’s on page 44 of the January 21-28 issue and not online yet.

••• Live the dream: “Central Coast Wines is a well-established wine, beer & wine accessory store with strong online sales, active quarterly wine club and 15-person wine tasting room. $75,000 sale price includes all FF&E and Inventory. Type 20 & Type 42 ABC licenses in place.” It’s in SLO, though. The listing agent is Larry S. Martin.

••• Is something is in the works for the former Wildwood Kitchen space at 410 E. Haley, which is part of The Mill? The interior looks raw, but the space is no longer being listed and a note on the door directs deliveries to 410.5 E. Haley—and why would there be deliveries if no one has plans for the space?


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