Tyger Tyger Has Pressed Pause

••• Some friends pointed out that Tyger Tyger hasn’t had a weekend “pop-up” in over a month and the kitchen looks cleared out. (Moreover, the website is dead.) According to a rep for owner Acme Hospitality, however, “the closure is not permanent and we are working on a reopening plan.” Here’s hoping the weeping brisket dish makes a return, too.

••• Elsewhere in that building, Better Burrito‘s breakfast burritos are now available at Dart Coffee Co., including a vegan one with cauliflower al pastor, turmeric tofu “eggs,” caramelized onions, pinto beans, Spanish rice, and bell pepper.

••• The owners of Aperitivo, the new Italian wine bar on W. Haley, are also offering retail bottles—handy in a part of town without many good wine stores.

••• “Goleta’s oldest bar is serving drinks and popcorn once again. The Mercury Lounge […] reopened its doors this week after closing at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in mid-March.” —Noozhawk

••• “The Santa Barbara County Vintners Association has abandoned its two-year effort to establish the world’s first wine business improvement district, or BID, as an answer to its longstanding problem of lagging behind other wine regions in marketing spending […] The proposal to impose a 1 percent fee on all winery sales directly to California consumers proved too divisive.” —Pacific Coast Business Times

I had these last two items ready to run last week, and then I lost track of them….

••• The Independent has a nice look at the reinvention of Buellton’s Zaca Creek. Besides the Tavern at Zaca Creek, which opened a while ago, there’s apparently also “a more casual eatery called The Treehouse that’s gone from rendering to reality in just months.” There’s nothing about it online yet.

••• Congratulations to Bettina, Sushi Bar Montecito, and Bell’s and for making the Michelin Guide‘s list of “delicious discoveries across California.” Hear, hear! Below: a new dish from Bell’s of confit sturgeon with pommes purée and caviar.


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