The Garden Bringing Beer Soon To Santa Barbara Public Market

Every now and again, I like to get out of the Westside and explore farther afield.  One of the places that I occasionally check in on is the ambitious Santa Barbara Public Market.  Recently things have gone the route of The Market in Santa Monica Place, with many of the original vendors closing down.  Now only a smattering of shops remain open.  But one courageous newcomer is attempting to buck that trend.  Signs have gone up announcing that a new restaurant The Garden will be trying their luck in the old Forager’s Pantry space.  According to the signs, we can expect “casual bar fare”, a large selection of craft beers, and many television screens airing global sports events.

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Trouble At Santa Barbara Public Market?

And while we’re on the subject of Santa Barbara…  One of the locations of Rori’s Artisanal Creamery is in the Santa Barbara Public Market.  You may remember that the anticipatory buzz was very high when SBPM first opened only last year.  Well, recently I had a chance to check out its progress.  Sadly, it appears that the market, often compared to San Francisco’s Ferry Building, may be having some of the difficulties that have plagued its predecessor The Market at Santa Monica Place, which is currently under redevelopment.  Three of the original stores have now closed; Belcampo Meat Co., The Pasta Shoppe, and Crazy Good Bread.  We’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

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A Glimpse Inside Santa Barbara Public Market…

A bit farther afield than usual, I got a chance to take a look inside the highly anticipated upcoming Santa Barbara Public Market that’s been under construction for… well, almost forever.  Located on the corner of West Victoria and Chapala in Santa Barbara, SBPM looks like it will live up to its comparison to San Francisco’s Ferry Building.  The new public market will open any minute (I’m told “Friends and Family” could begin this weekend), and consist of a multitude of individual artisanal food stalls, groceries, and even a brewery including Belcampo Meat CompanySanta Monica  Seafood, and local favorite Crazy Good Bread Company.  Your staycation just got a whole lot more interesting…photo-2

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