••• The Thousand Steps will be closed for repairs for six to eight weeks, starting March 28.
••• Yet another hotel has changed hands: Radius reports that the 53-room Franciscan Inn in West Beach has been sold to an unknown buyer. Also recently sold: Hotel Californian, Hotel Santa Barbara, Hotel Indigo (now Riviera Beach House), and Kimpton Goodland Goleta (now the Leta).
••• And the 132-hotel that had been planned for 5955 Calle Real in Goleta (where Santa Barbara Motorsports and the Good Earth Restaurant once were) is no longer happening. The building was sold and its future is unknown.
••• Aoife O’Donovan plays the Lobero, on April 12, with Taylor Ashton opening. During the pandemic, she covered Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska album in its entirety.
••• And folk trio Caamp plays the Santa Barbara Bowl on July 8.
••• MOXI’s next adults-only happy hour is April 15: “Explore all three floors of exhibits, check out our new Van Gogh-themed VR experience, The Night Café, and make something in the Innovation Workshop without any kids in sight. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase.” The next ones are June 17 and October 14.
••• I peeked into the pretty storefront next to Cajé at 811 State Street—I think it used to be the Evangelina boutique—and I saw boxes addressed to Sunglass Hut/Luxotica. So I’d guess that Sunglass Hut is moving in, since its shop at 801 State Street will become part of a new hotel.
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