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It might be the last affordable place to have a cup of coffee.
McDonald’s, at 1213 State St. , Rite-Aid tracked out of downtown Santa Barbara. The famous home of the Big Mac will close its doors in July.
SIMA markets the property at $3.25 per square foot.
“This rarely available State Street restaurant/retail space (currently a McDonald’s) is located directly across from Granada’s historic theater in the heart of the downtown arts and theater district,” the listing states. “The space features a full kitchen with hood, freezer compartment, high vaulted ceilings with skylights, two private bathrooms, and central heating and ventilation. The space would be ideal for a deli, restaurant, or café while also suitable for retail use.”
The shutdown marks the latest departure from a large State Street business. Rite-Aid has announced that it will be closing in March.
McDonald’s was a popular hangout for people enjoying breakfast or lunch downtown. With its reasonable prices and generous staff, it also attracted members of the homeless population, who often dine inside the restaurant and hang out in front of the establishment.
“Suffice it to say it was a resting place for the homeless and the filth, crime and beggary they bring to that area,” said Jim Neal, founder of SIMA. “Their departure is a plus and a minus. The disadvantage is that it is always sad to lose a good credit tenant. The plus is that it allows us to find a use that brings vitality to block 1200.”
The company gave notice earlier this year that it would be leaving in July. She did not give an explanation.
“They didn’t give us any rationale or what their future plans might be,” said Adam Gibb, director of asset management. “We are currently looking for a new restaurant operator for the space, whose concept would be a better complement to the surrounding business in the heart of the theater district. Located right across from the Granada Theater, and with plenty of sidewalk and park dining space, it presents an exciting opportunity for the right tenant.”
According to its quarterly report, McDonald’s sales rose 3.5% in 2022 due to “strategic increases in menu prices.” A year ago in the same quarter, sales rose 13.6%.
The new studio opened on June 12
Dowell Acting Studio plans to open in Santa Barbara on June 12.
Wana Dowell has performed professionally with the award-winning San Francisco Repertory Theater for several seasons, and has received a range of awards from professional theater critics, according to a press release.
The Dowell Acting studio will offer classes for beginner and advanced actors and “provide a safe and stimulating environment to play, learn, empathize, create character and discover the joys of acting within themselves,” according to a press release. All chapters include scene action and culminate in a scene presentation.
Doyle is the former director of the Student Theater of Granada Theater with the SB Civic Light Opera. She has also directed “True West” and “Sweet Bird of Youth” with Broken Arrow Productions and has assisted in the fundraising efforts of several non-profit organizations by directing and producing their event shows.
Acting classes run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays starting June 12. The advanced acting classes will be held on Sundays from 7 pm to 9 pm. Classes will take place at 11 W. Arriga Street and will run for 10 weeks. Private training sessions are available.
For more information about Dowell Acting Studio, visit the website.
Reopen Finch & Fork
The Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara has reopened its signature restaurant, Finch & Fork, which has been completely renovated with an all-new space, concept and menus created by Executive Chef Craig Reeker.
“Today, Finch & Fork is poised to be the go-to destination for an upscale, yet friendly meal that reflects the bounty of local farms, farms, and the Pacific Ocean,” a press release read.
The new space, located at 31 W. Carrillo St., was designed. , by Los Angeles-based company Beleco, is coast-inspired “in navy and marine aqua versus textures and earthy finishes like leather and terracotta.”
The new menu features a “World Class Wine Program” overseen by Beverage Director Jazz Morales, which showcases the best of the Central Coast with a selection of over 100 local wines and beers.
“We are proud to reintroduce Finch & Fork to Santa Barbara with Executive Chef Craig Riker at the helm,” said Tim Thomas, Director of Food and Beverage. “The elevated design, updated concept and attractive, locally inspired menus are sure to resonate with our wonderful community and dear guests.”
open carp moon
Carp Moon Café has opened on the corner of Linden and Carpinteria Streets in Carpinteria. (Photos by Joshua Molina/Nozuk)
The former home of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Carpinteria has a new tenant – Carpe Moon Café.
The restaurant and café, located on the corner of Linden and Carpinteria Streets, opened slightly on May 9.
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Funk Food Zone
New Fun Zone Restaurant XO held a ribbon-cutting party on Thursday.
The restaurant, located at 121 E. Yanonali St. In Santa Barbara, known as Smashburgers, salads, shakes, and fries, recently served breakfast.
Inside Casa Comal Restaurant in Santa Barbara. (Photos by Joshua Molina/Nozuk)
Casa Comal Mexican Restaurant has opened at 505 State St. in Santa Barbara.