Venus in Furs Soft-Opens This Saturday Night

••• Venus in Furs, the new bar/restaurant/bottle shop in the old Middle Child space, from the folks behind The Good Lion and Barbaréno groups, soft-opens this Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight. (Given the parade of images on Instagram from last night, you might be able to try your luck tonight.) The cocktail menu extends the S&M theme implied by the name, with options such as Kiss the Boot and The Gentle Whip.

••• Skylar Bryce is baking pies for delivery. You can also order just a pie crust, ready for filling and baking yourself.

••• The Independent looks at how the Events by Rincon catering company pivoted (two months ago) into a restaurant, Rincon Beach Bar.

••• “Goleta has a new coffee shop. Dean: A Coffee Shop opened at 6100 Hollister Ave. last Saturday.” —Noozhawk

••• I was driving along E. Cabrillo when I saw signage for Costa Kitchen & Bar at the Mar Monte Hotel, as the Hyatt Centric across from the Cabrillo Pavilion has been rebranded. There are actually two restaurants on the property: Costa, which will serve dinner once inside dining is allowed again, and Café Lido, the poolside restaurant currently open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Both are operated by the hotel. Here’s Costa, with two interior shots from the hotel’s website:

And here’s the interior and menu for Café Lido, where of course you’d actually be dining outside, by the pool. Hotel guests are also allowed to order from the chaises.


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