••• The agenda for this Tuesday’s County Boards of Supervisors meeting include a lease for the restaurant concession at Goleta Beach, formerly site of Beachside Bar-Cafe. It doesn’t mention the concept(s), but the operator is the Prjkt Restaurant Group. (It’s pronounced like noun “project.”) A Daily Pilot article from last April, founder Alicia Whitley “previously was behind four concessions areas at Bolsa Chica State Beach, including the popular SeaLegs at the Beach” and Prjkt won the concessions to three new restaurants on the state beach in Huntington Beach. The description of those may offer clues to the Goleta plans:
The Huntington Beach House […] is scheduled to open this spring. Sahara’s Sandbar, a pizza place named after Whitney’s 10-year-old daughter Sahara, will open this fall [….] California Fork and Spoon […] is slated to open in early 2022. Additionally, SandBox Beach Rentals […] will offer services like surfboard and firewood vending machines when it opens to the public this May.”
••• The Pali Wine Co.‘s Pali Wine Garden in Oreana’s old Funk Zone space (205 Anacapa) opens this Friday.
••• The Montecito Journal has a long article about the Montecito Country Mart’s decision not to renew the lease of Little Alex’s. I understand people’s sentimental attachment to the restaurant, but it’s not hard to see that the Country Mart needs traffic to support its high-end retail, and Little Alex’s just wasn’t going to do that. Anyway, the mall’s owner, James Rosenfield, confirmed that a “casual, family-friendly Mexican concept” run by a Santa Barbara restaurateur will be taking the space, which certainly sounds like what I had heard—that it’s Corazón Cocina’s Ramon Velazquez.
••• Elsewhere in the Country Mart, in a welcome return to normalcy, Bettina resumes indoor table service on November 1. “Reservations are available now for November and December for both indoor and outdoor dining (our bar is always reserved for walk-ins).”
••• The Saturday farmers’ market has a new vendor, Kelpful. “We’re a small worker owned cooperative run by women with a dream of farming seaweed. Currently, we are sustainably wild harvesting by hand, drying it in the sun, and offering it to people like you.”
••• And, in an effort to make its offerings more clear, Pork Palace has introduced a sub-brand, Santa Barbara Meat Company.
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