There’s Hope for Arnoldi’s Cafe

••• As you’ve probably heard by now, Arnoldi’s Cafe has temporarily closed after the death of co-owner David Peri. From the statement: “The current business owners will be stepping away from the business and have so much gratitude for being a part of the historical and legendary institution that has brought so many people memories since the 1940s. […] We are confident the tradition will continue forward but for the time being while we transition to new beginnings, the cafe will be closed.” The Independent followed up with this: “According to a message posted Friday morning by Jeanette Arnoldi, granddaughter of the restaurant’s original founders, the family is in talks with a prospective new operator, and the Eastside café and bar [could] soon be humming again.”

••• Somewhat spookily, news of the closure broke right after artist Michael E. Long finished his diorama of the restaurant’s exterior.

••• Summerland’s White Caps Beach Club has opened. (Photos courtesy White Caps.)

••• In its first-quarter report, Hayes Commercial Group said that Cajé is opening a café somewhere in Patterson Center (5340 Hollister Avenue).

••• Mony’s burritos are now being sold at the Santa Barbara Bowl: “a variety of options including BRC, chicken, or beef, and there is even a delicious pasilla chilli rajas vegan option.”

••• A profile of Luretík olive oil. —Independent

••• Casa Dumetz winery has changed its name to Clementine Carter Wines. —Independent

••• An Eater roundup of Santa Ynez Valley news says that Solvang’s Crudo aims to open in July: “The two-story restaurant will serve raw fish preparations with an Italian bent using regionally sourced ingredients, along with a tight selection of handmade pastas and large-format proteins. […] Sometime in 2025, [chef-owner Cullen] Campbell will open a sister restaurant upstairs specializing in sushi and izakaya-style small plates.” Also in Solvang, chef Budi Kazali’s plan for the former Succulent Cafe space is to revive his Gathering Table concept.

••• The Tyler x Lieu Dit tasting room at 23 E. Canon Perdido has opened. There’s no food yet, but there will eventually be a more robust food component than at most tasting rooms.


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This might be a true rumor that’s been circulating . That the couple owns teddys by the sea, brass bird coffee and Mackenzie market are also taking over the old Oliver’s in montecito.?
Have you or any of your readers heard this same rumor?



Dave was a great guy and loved the restaurant. Glad I got to know him. They have bocce leagues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 8 teams a night play. Really unique and very fun. Hopefully that will continue under new owners. It’s a real SB institution and a wonderful place to hang at the bar or bring the whole family to the back patio.