Restaurant Changes on Coast Village Road

First, the disappointing news: Mesa Burger has closed its outpost on Coast Village Road. The Mesa and Goleta locations will remain open.

Most likely taking the space: Lilac Patisserie, which has applied for a beer and wine license there. “I can confirm that we are currently negotiating the lease,” said co-owner Gillian Muralles when I reached out. “We are planning to open a new bistro/cafe concept that will be reminiscent of our downtown Lilac Patisserie location. Similar to our flagship location, we plan to offer a full espresso bar and a number of familiar desserts and pastries, which will be available for walk-in orders. In addition, patrons will find many of the same breakfast and lunch items such as waffles, eggs Benedict, our turkey club sandwich, and fresh salads and soups. In addition, we plan to expand our beer and wine offerings, as well as our breakfast and lunch menus. We’re toying with new hot menu items such as croque madame, steak frites, grilled salmon, and burgers with fries. Our team is also discussing the possibility of a dinner menu down the line. We are excited about this new endeavor and we will be keeping our clients posted via social media @lilacpatisserie—stay tuned for more updates!”

This would mark the second significant expansion for Lilac Patisserie, which recently expanded into the space next door on State Street. And it’s great news for gluten avoiders.


Sign up for the Siteline email newsletter for the freshest food news in town.




Bummer! I love Lilac but we love our neighborhood Montecito Burger. Also is Lilac aware they’ll be next door to Renaud’s? Dueling bakeries, dueling croques…

Janet Colby

And don’t forget Jeannine’s down the street … another bakery. Too many sandwich options on CVR . I would love to see a great ethnic restaurant there ( Oh Empty Bowl why did you leave ? ). Or wouldn’t it be wonderful if a spot like ” Industrial Eats ” could open on CVR …. I know the prices are too high …. but I can dream.

Anne Call

Still sad about Empty Bowl not making it at that location. Maybe should have used Empty Bowl name instead of new unfamiliar name?


I liked the idea of an affordable option like Mesa Burger on Coast Village road. That location seemed too big and the style may have been too modern / industrial.