We made a very hard decision to change our name officially this year, after trying to operate under both names for a few years. The French Press was not an option as a name for our roasting operation (we started roasting in 2012) as we couldn’t trademark it or sell wholesale. So Dune is how we have branded our coffee. We have always been really involved with the coffee community beyond Santa Barbara. We have competed and placed in national competitions since 2009, and the world knows us as Dune. We recognized that under one name, we can really realize our vision for our company.
••• “Giovanni’s Pizza had numerous locations throughout Santa Barbara’s south coast at its peak, but now they are down to their final location at 3020 State Street. Their Mesa pizzeria at 1905 Cliff Drive shut down earlier this month.” —Edhat
••• “Mosto Crudo has changed its name to simply Mosto, or more specifically Mosto Wine Bar & Tapas, as their menu expands to more than just raw foods.” —Edhat
••• Judging from this Sama Sama Kitchen repost of a Babi’s Beer Emporium Instagram post, the two are partnering on a restaurant in Los Alamos called (dim) Sama. From the website: “You can also order a delicious lunch, dinner or a hearty snack from our restaurant partner (dim) Sama, serving a specially created menu for Babi’s featuring dim sum, bao and other perfect items.”