••• Fresco Cafe has closed. It opened in Five Points in 1995 and moved to E. Canon Perdido in October 2022.
••• A public notice went up for a new mixed-use building at 335 S. Milpas Street, site of Tri-County Produce, which sold last fall for $9.75 million. It includes 99 units of workforce housing and a 6,000-square-foot space for the market (which is smaller than the current one).
••• Noozhawk discovered that the Santa Barbara Fish Market is opening a shop in Goleta, which was announced more than a year ago. What is news, however, is that it’ll include a restaurant component: “At the Goleta location, the company also will have a smoker to cook black cod, sable fish, wild salmon, yellow tail and more. The menu will include fish and chips, fish tacos and grab-‘n’-go items.”
••• I was walking by Azul on E. Anapamu and the door was open, so I poked my head in and asked for an update. They’re not expecting to open for at least another two months.
••• Mony’s has some fun new merch.
••• “I’ve been seeing street taco tents around town,” reports S. “This one is on the Westside at Mission and San Pascual.” The VC Star recently wrote about them happening in Ventura, where they’re popular but frustrating to legal restaurants and vendors, as well as to inspectors: “Inspectors with the Ventura County Environmental Health Division have shut down unlicensed food stands nearly 50 times since they began cracking down on them last summer, but it’s had little effect on their ubiquity. Most of the time, they’re back at the same place the next night or even later the same night. If the inspectors seize the food, another van full of supplies rolls up, sometimes within an hour. Confiscating grills and other equipment might put a food stand out of business for a day or two.”
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