Cava Restaurant & Bar Closes On Coast Village Rd, Montecito Weeps…

I was shocked to discover on a recent trip to Santa Barbara that perennial favorite Cava Restaurant & Bar has closed up shop after 25 years.  The elegant Mexican eatery had been an iconic presence on Coast Village Rd. in Montecito and was known for brunch and margaritas.  SantaBarbara.com has the owner, Carlos López-Hollis‘ gracious goodbye and explanation, in which he cites the Thomas Fire and Pandemic as reasons.  Sad…

Mesa Burger Bringing Famous Burgers To Montecito…

Meanwhile, a but farther north…  Apparently there have been rumors for a while, but proof is now up in the form of a window banner announcing that a branch of Santa Barbara’s mini chain of “craft burgers with heart and soul”, Mesa Burger, is landing in the old Tutti’s/Coffee Bean location at 1209 Coast Village Road in Montecito.  If you don’t know about Mesa Burger, you should:  Celebrity Chef Cat Cora is part owner and force behind the menu of gourmet, handcrafted burgers, farm fresh salads, hand-spun shakes, and other items that are made using conscientiously-sourced and sustainable ingredients.  Local beers and wines are also on offer.  It looks like they’re shooting for a Spring opening.  Well worth the drive.MesaBurger.jpg

Ca’Dario Trattoria & Pizzeria Coming To Montecito

For those of you who take your staycations in Montecito comes this news:  A popular name in Santa Barbara Italian fare is opening a branch in the Coast Village Plaza at 1187 Coast Village Road.  Ca’Dario Trattoria & Pizzeria will be battling stiff  competition along the already red sauce laden strip.  We wish them the best of luck…

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