••• Starting today, Bettina pizzas—made by co-owner Brendan Smith at the restaurant and flash-frozen—will be available from Kitchenette. They’re starting with two varieties: the classic Margherita ($20) and a white pie with mozzarella, sausage, and cherry tomatoes ($23). The pizzas go straight from the freezer to the oven, with no special equipment required (but use a pizza stone if you have one), and are ready in around 10 minutes. Kitchenette founder Sophie McNally says we can expect more partnerships with local restaurants…. P.S. While you’re ordering from Kitchenette, I recommend trying the chickpea braise.
••• Tyger Tyger is closing today, and this time it sounds like it’s for good: “With gratitude and heavy hearts, we share the news of Tyger Tyger’s closure. After five unforgettable years, our journey ends on Sunday, September 17, 2023. Tyger Tyger, born from passion in 2018, found a special place in our hearts and the Funk Zone community. Though the pandemic posed challenges, we remain resilient. Our team, our backbone, will thrive in other Acme properties. Please join us this weekend for a final farewell and to thank our beloved hardworking Tyger Tyger team.” No word yet on what Acme might have in mind for the space.
••• The Restaurant Guy peeked through the windows of a bunch of restaurants in progress: Chris Chiarappa’s Mexican restaurant in Turnpike Center; The Ellwood (the former Beachside Bar-Cafe at Goleta Beach Park); Silvers Omakase (sushi and more in the Funk Zone); and Shalhoob’s in Noleta. None look like they’ll be opening imminently.
••• According to a consent agenda item for the Historic Landmarks Commission meeting on September 13, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele wants to add a row of two-tops on the sidewalk, with a removable iron fence.
••• Pavilions signage finally went up at the Vons in Montecito. Inside isn’t all that improved, except I guess it might be cleaner. No more calling it the Dirty Vons? P.S. Whoever came up with “The Bistro” must have been high as a kite.
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