••• “Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley likes buying stuff. His Foley Entertainment Group has bought Hotel Californian, a 121-room resort in Santa Barbara, California near the Pacific Ocean. Included in the transaction is the hotel’s signature restaurant, Blackbird—an 88-seat, indoor/outdoor restaurant that will serve as the future home of a Foley Food & Wine Society tasting bar. The Foley Food & Wine Society tasting bar will be opening fall 2021.” (The Golden Knights are a hockey team.) Blackbird has been limping for a while now, so change is welcome, but here’s hoping the Foley Food & Wine Society is more than a vanity project. —SportsBiz.com (via Edible Santa Barbara) UPDATE: “The Foley Food & Wine Society is actually the label for Foley’s wine club properties,” commented Josh. “If you join the wine club (Foley estates, Firestone, Lincourt, Foley at the Bacara) you have a membership at the whole portfolio and reciprocal arrangements. It’s actually an awesome deal, I just hope the new tasting room doesn’t impact the location at the Bacara.” Would that mean the Hotel Californian wouldn’t have a restaurant other than the Goat Tree café across the street?
••• In case you missed the update to Monday’s post, Bar Le Côte in Los Olivos opens tonight, but its beer/wine license hasn’t come through yet (which means you can’t BYOB either). No reservations yet; the restaurant is first come, first served. P.S. If you’re lucky enough to snag a booth, wear shoes worthy of the backdrop.
••• In Solvang, meanwhile, the Coast Range dining room finally opens tonight, but for now, the menu is still the same as Vaquero Bar. Once the dining room officially opens, the menu will shift a bit. Also, the two vacation rentals above the restaurant—the Johnny (below) and the Dolly—are now available through Airbnb, or email [email protected] for info.
••• Reader John reports that Vegan GreenGo, on upper State Street, has closed.
••• Corazón Cocina/The Project pastry chef Eileen Foster Randall posted on Instagram that she has a “new baking company coming soon! Inspired by a love of Mexico and classic American desserts.” It’s called La Condesa. Below: Oaxaca chocolate mousse dome, a “flourless hazelnut chocolate cake with mocha chocolate mousse with cinnamon and almonds. Glazed with dark chocolate ganache and a touch of gold leaf.”
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