The Taproom Boom Continues

••• La Michoacána has opened at 21 N. Milpas (between Mason and Quinientos), says the Restaurant Guy. According to the company’s website, it’s a chain based in the Inland Empire. “La Michoacana USA specializes in Esquimals (Milk based pop covered with chocolate and topped with shredded coconut), Pico de Gallo Paleta (Water based pop with mixtures of mango, cucumber, lime juice and chile powder), as well as representative Mexican fruit ice cream such as Mamey or Guanabana. We are not limited to refreshing All Natural Aguas Frescas based on seasonal fruit, we also offer traditional Mexican snacks such as Esquites, Tostilocos and more.”

••• The Restaurant Guy’s list of forthcoming restaurants includes a Bristol Farms grocery store at La Cumbre Plaza, Copenhagen Sausage Garden in the Funk Zone, and a French bakery a few doors down from Handlebar Coffee on Canon Perdido….

••• And late this fall, Mesa Burger starts construction at the former Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Coast Village Road in Montecito. —Montecito Journal

••• Embermill restaurant at 1031 State Street (between Figueroa and Carrillo) opens this Friday, August 23, for breakfast and lunch. The menu is here.

••• Hoffman Brat Haus in Paseo Nuevo is closing, possibly this weekend. —Restaurant Guy

••• According to an ad in the print edition of the Santa Barbara Independent, a “craft house and kitchen” called Eleven 14 is coming to 1114 State Street at La Arcada Plaza.

••• “The popular M. Special Brewery has leased the 4,000-square-foot former Tonic space at 634 State St. in downtown Santa Barbara. […] Counting Funk Zone breweries, there are about 17 taprooms in or near downtown. […] In the Funk Zone, according to Hayes [Commercial Group], Rincon Brewery just leased 205 Santa Barbara St. for a brewery.” —Noozhawk