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Ruth's Chris Closing?
updated: May 27, 2011, 4:09 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

assuming the rumors of Ruth Chris closing are true, can we lobby for a cheesecake factory?

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 COMMENT 177471 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 04:22 PM

There was tons of opposition to Ruth Chris coming to town, I'm sure it would be worse for the Cheesecake Factory.

 

 COMMENT 177472 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 04:23 PM

Whee yeah let's have another chain restaurant. :\

 

 COMMENT 177475 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 04:36 PM

They should bring Red Robin back. Can't get a decent hamburger in this town at any price.

 

 COMMENT 177478 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 04:43 PM

i agree with red robin.

 

 COMMENT 177479 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 04:45 PM

Never went there, so really do not care if if closes.

 

 COMMENT 177484 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 04:56 PM

Yes, I heard the employees were notified they are closing on June 19.

 

 COMMENT 177486P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 05:03 PM

I won't miss Ruth's Chris but I sure don't want Cheesecake Factory -- huge portions of very unhealthy food.

 

 COMMENT 177487 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 05:11 PM

I thought Cheesecake Factory was going to come to town and then made up a BS excuse to back out when the economy tanked in '08.

 

 COMMENT 177488P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 05:12 PM

My wife and I walked in to RC one of its first nights open and were so put off by the attitudes and airs of the staff as they informed us of the 90 minute wait that we left and never went back.

La Cumbre Plaza made a big mistake when they tried to go Rodeo Drive on us with all the absurd upscale stores. Though I suppose a Louis Vuitton bag could be a classy way to carry home a seven dollar baked potato in your leased Mercedes.

 

 COMMENT 177491 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 05:28 PM

Not my kind of place and then there's that rediculous name.

If a former chain restaurant could come back, my vote would be for Marie Callender's. many happy memories with my kids there and I miss those pies.

 

 COMMENT 177492 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 05:34 PM

Santa Barbara has some terrific restaurants and several good steak houses. Ruth's Chris will not be missed.

But we don't need a Cheesecake Factory.

If you want a good burger, at one end there is The Habit. The other end is Paradise Cafe.

 

 COMMENT 177493P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 05:34 PM

I would love to see a local eatery open up there.... Take Marmalade away too - it is just awful!

 

 COMMENT 177496 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 05:43 PM

Oh come on now, the cheesecake factory is just Plain FUN. And theres nothing wrong with being a little unhealthy once in awhile. Plus whats not to love about xxxtra dirty martinis the size of your head, avocado egg rolls and pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate chips?!!! Live a little :)

 

 COMMENT 177500 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 05:49 PM

Cheesecake Factory is downright repulsive.

 

 COMMENT 177501 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 05:50 PM

Ruth's Chris, Tiffany's and Louis Vitton (sp?) can all go back to LA. La Cumbre has always been such a wonderful mall; please un-muck it. Thank you.

 

 COMMENT 177502 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 05:56 PM

Bummer, maybe we'll go back there before they close. We had a nice time when we ate there, although the price seemed a little high compared to similar restaurants.

We probably wouldn't go to Cheesecake Factory on a regular basis. Since Ruths Chris seems to have invested a lot on the facility it would make sense for it to be another restaurant. If I had a vote (which I don't) I think I'd want something local and not too inexpensive. But I wouldn't mind if it was on the pricier side but returned a good product.

 

 COMMENT 177503 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 06:03 PM

Never had a bad meal at CF. Prices are reasonable, variety is good, like the cocktails.....

Or another local restaurant can go in there for 6 months before they go belly up. Locals can't afford the rent there, that number has to be huge.

 

 COMMENT 177505P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 06:07 PM

souplantation!

 

 COMMENT 177508 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 06:12 PM

So why does the rent number have to be huge? How far down the real estate fraud pyramid are all the exhorbitant rent takers?

Ruths Chris, not great, decent quality steaks (buy prime beef and cook them yourselves. Save 90%) but the prices are and have been ludichris for years, just a way for wealthy people to show off their imagined self importance.

 

 COMMENT 177511 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 06:25 PM

cheescake factory? you have GOT to be kidding me. Move to Plano, Texas maybe?

 

 COMMENT 177515 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 06:44 PM

Not to rain on the OP's parade, but I highly doubt a few locals "lobbying for a Cheesecake Factory" would yield real results.

 

 SITHSNOOPY agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 06:59 PM

Darn, Ruth Chris rocked.

I'm voting Olive Garden as the replacement.

 

 COMMENT 177522 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 07:01 PM

Bring back Red Robin!!

 

 COMMENT 177524 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 07:11 PM

marie callender's, please.

 

 COMMENT 177528 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 07:34 PM

Snoopy - I'd prefer not to have calorie-laden food reaheated out of plastic bags. Pizza Mizza is proof that a unique local restaurant can survive in that mall.

 

 COMMENT 177532 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 07:59 PM

I don't know guys and gals - I do a lot of work in Hope Ranch and there are more people living on lines of credit that you realize out there.

Replace RC with a good old fashioned Sizzler's - especially one with the Wednesday Night All You Eat Shrimp and Steak Buffet.

I guarantee that the place will be packed.

Of course, it might be packed with "to-go" orders under the housekeeper's name - but we know who's really hungry over the bridge.

Either that or a Chuckey Cheese - what say you?

 

 COMMENT 177533P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 08:32 PM

Sizzler had given me diarrhea every time I eat there for the last 20 years. I forget for 5-6 years and go with someone who insists, then...I am reminded why I don't go.

 

 COMMENT 177534 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 08:38 PM

No chains please, but I will miss Ruth Cris' happy hours. Great food for very reasonable prices. Bummer. Knowing SB these days, we will probably get a Sizzler. YIKES....

 

 COMMENT 177535 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 08:38 PM

I gave Ruth's Chris 3, yes 3 tries. They all were horrible......
Bye Bye

 

 COMMENT 177538P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 08:49 PM

We HAVE a Sizzler in Goleta. How about something new and different like AppleBee's to make Marmelade go away? The La Cumbra Plaza upscale baloney is ridiculous since we still have a ghetto Macys and Sears as anchors. Let's remember our La Cumbre roots and not make the eats too upscale.

 

 COMMENT 177542P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 09:50 PM

Ruth Chris may or may not have been very good but that location will make a wonderful homeless shelter here soon...

 

 COMMENT 177543P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 09:56 PM

How about a Bob's Big Boy?

 

 COMMENT 177544P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 10:14 PM

Family and party friendly places like Olive Garden are a sure bet. I just went to one tonight and it was one of the best restaurant meals I've had in a long time.

It's too bad that Ruth's didn't make it there tho--but there really is too many upscale steakhouses competing for the big-earners cash here in Santa Barbara--and as far as chain restaurants go, Outback is the go-to place for steak.

 

 COMMENT 177545P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 10:21 PM

Great idea! I'd love a Souplantation! And yes, let's get some stores at La Cumbre where real people can shop.

 

 COMMENT 177547P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 11:30 PM

Cheesecake factory? EW.

 

 COMMENT 177548 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-27 11:39 PM

Outback for steak???? How about Chuck's Steak House of Hawaii. They rock!!

 

 COMMENT 177549P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 12:45 AM

Pat & Oscars would be awesome there :-)

 

 COMMENT 177551 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 06:04 AM

has anyone ever heard of carrabba's? they are mostly on the east coast but let me tell you, the food is amazing. italian food, yum. their menu is reasonable and it is a really fun place. look it up. i am italian and VERY picky about my food but i was really impressed with them. good food, fun atmosphere, great drinks, brick oven for pizza...the list goes on and on.

 

 COMMENT 177552 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 06:10 AM

I've been expecting this for awhile and surprised it took so long. But Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, Applebees, Sizzler? BLECH.

 

 COMMENT 177553 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 06:15 AM

Rumors of RC closing have been around since they opened. Apparently they are false.

 

 COMMENT 177554 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 06:16 AM

I went to Applebees once. Disgusting food. Cheesecake Factory is not unhealthy. Not one bit. We go to the one in Thousand Oaks. It has a diverse menu to select from, presenting fresh and good quality dishes, But here in SB they would probably ruin every dish by burning, overcooking and smothering it with hot chili sauce, until all dishes taste the same,regardless.

Hollister Ranch has good hamburgers.

 

 FRESHPAVEMENT agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 06:22 AM

We tried the local Ruth's Chris once - I sometimes eat at (and like) their other places when traveling out of town on business - but this local one just did not cut it. Too much attitude from the staff and the prices are just stupid. I was told about a year ago they were about to close and the landlord asked them to stay RENT FREE just to hold onto such a high profile tenant - so they haven't even paid rent in several months. Their closing is good news for Holdren's, Rodney's, etc.

 

 COMMENT 177561 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 06:53 AM

Never been to RC's, Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, Red Robin, Souplantation, Applebee's, Sizzler, and I don't really plan to. Driving to a mall to eat dinner is not appealing to me at all.

I'd prefer the owners of LCP downscale their target market and make it more accessible (price-wise) to more people. Make it "the people's mall" and make it attractive to ordinary Santa Barbarans so that is becomes part of their weekly routines. Keep Sears, maybe get a Target, make it an everyday place for everyday people. Turn RC's back into a retail store.

 

 COMMENT 177562 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 06:56 AM

WOW! We Santa Barbarians really have a lot to say about this one! The cocktail hour and happy hour snacks at RC are fabulous, and I will miss them. The steaks, not so much and in general, I don't think steak/ribs are lacking in this town. How about having a P.F. Chang's?? That is great food at reasonable prices and the nearest one is in Topanga?

 

 COMMENT 177565 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 07:03 AM

I heard that Hooters are taking over the lease!!!

 

 COMMENT 177567 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 07:12 AM

Islands

 

 COMMENT 177570P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 07:21 AM

go woodranch. Please bring me a Woodranch. Everybody loves wood ranch. Gooooooooooooo wood ranch.

 

 RAINE5360 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 07:36 AM

Too bad Maggiano's wouldn't fly here. A fun old style Italian place, but best enjoyed by a group.

 

 RAINE5360 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 07:41 AM

Forgot to say, have long heard of the lines for Cheesecake Factory, but went to a wedding there last year and was surprised at the lack of quality. Too many chains are sub par but I do think locals fondly recall Marie Callender's and Red Robin, so those might just work. I do hope the property owners return to their senses and give us back our mall. Too many of us dislike the hassle of going downtown (and now the new parking at Paseo Nuevo) when a quick trip for one or two items would suffice.

 

 COMMENT 177575 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 07:45 AM

I think La Cumbre Plaza and SB in general would be well served if RC left and a high quality family restaurant went in. Certainly there is a large market that is not being well served by the current tenant. How many family sit-downs are there within a mile of RC? I can think of one - Pizza Mizza. Other restaurants within a mile include Chucks, Mandarin Palace, Marmalade, and Fresco. All except for Marmalade are locally-owned, long-time successes, but none of them are really oriented towards that family of 4 wanting to eat for 50 bucks (plus drinks).

In general the upscale LCP is a big fat failure. The high dollar stores have not brought in customers. Sure, the recession hasn't helped, but 561 is right on the money. They really need to rethink their long-term strategy.

 

 COMMENT 177576 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 07:45 AM

Cheesecake Factory! I love that place.

 

 COMMENT 177581 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 07:58 AM

Ruth's Chris wasn't as good (for food) as Chuck's of Hawaii (State St). It had a beautiful bar area - nice atmosphere (fireplace, warmth of wood, etc.) Dining room was cold and not Santa Barbara.
We would love Red Robin to come back, and maybe a Black Angus would do well in SB. The Olive Garden (one of my favorites) won't even consider SB.
We DO have alot of restaurants in SB - but I/we seem to go to the same places over and over. Brophy's, Chucks, Cody's, Mesa Cafe, Cafe del Sol, Chase - we don't need 'upscale' dining anymore; unless we bring back a Casa de Sevilla, Talk of the Town or the Philadephia House (their shrimp scampi was 'special').

 

 COMMENT 177585 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 08:08 AM

Cheesecake Factory? You must be kidding. Our country has a serious problem with obesity and the CF would add to this problem. It is a great space for something.

 

 COMMENT 177586 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 08:38 AM

They need to chop up the RC spot to allow a couple of smaller businesses in.

 

 COMMENT 177590 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 08:48 AM

Casting my vote for Souplantation! Or Red Robin.
Though I agree with others I'd love to see a local biz in there, it's not likely a local could manage the rent/etc... but as others have said, it would be terrific to have some more low/mid range sit-down choices in this area of town.

 

 COMMENT 177592 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 08:50 AM

How about The Wine Cask with real parking! or maybe Grappolos
I mean how about local favorites gone good instead of national chains gone bad?

 

 COMMENT 177596 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 08:59 AM

We need something with a salad bar that won't break the bank and with more than 10 items!

 

 COMMENT 177598 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 09:01 AM

Or, you could just tear down the whole mall and put affordable rental housing in there... just a thought.

 

 COMMENT 177600 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 09:06 AM

Why is there so much negativity about people who have money or how they choose to spend it? Stereotyping patrons of certain stores does nothing, but show a person's small mindedness. Not all patrons of these "higher end stores" are leasing their cars, trying to show off or have servants to pick up their food. Many people work hard for their money and deserve to spend it the way they want. As if moderately and lower priced restaurants don't have waitstaff that have airs and attitudes too.

I'm all for mom&pop restaurants and stores, but obviously it's the "chains" that pay the rent. I'd rather have an occupied storefront than abandoned front.

One last thing dear edhatters....can we all agree that correct spelling is necessary at all income levels and perhaps even raise income levels with less haters? rediculous = ridiculous, vitton = vuitton, ludichris = ludicrous

 

 COMMENT 177601 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 09:12 AM

Great idea 600...let's put hundreds of people out of work by tearing it down (not to mention losing the tax revenue for the general fund that pays for schools and public safety (fire, police, etc).
Einstein suggestion there.

 

 COMMENT 177602P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 09:12 AM

There just isnt enough $$$ around here to support any of these suggestions. Dont know what will take RC's place, but it will be a lot of work on someone's part to make it work at that location. I went to RC on a couple of occasions with my wife and it was great but too expensive. We preferred Chucks for a good steak.

 

 WAHINE agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 09:30 AM

SOUPLANTATION fer sher! i lik PF Chang's to. there gud.
(How is that, 600?)

 

 COMMENT 177606 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 09:31 AM

RC never wanted to come to SB. They wanted to open in Seattle instead. But the Seattle mall is owned by the same pepole who own LCP. The owners told RC they can't open in Seattle unless they open in SB.

 

 COMMENT 177608 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 09:40 AM

Wow. Why is everyone waisting their time speculating? Does anyone actually have confirmation that it is closing? There seems to be a lot of people fueling rumors that weren't even true to begin with! Someone earlier commented on RC lease agreement, that they were forced to open here if they wanted to open in Seattle , that they haven't paid rent? Seriously , do any of you work for Macerich or are you the head of leasing? Unless you have " inside " information (which I doubt) you probably should refrain from commenting and fueling more rumors and only speak to what is fact. IMHO.

 

 COMMENT 177610 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 09:54 AM

All of you need to eat breakfast! I've never read so many comments from people who are obviously hungry!

 

 COMMENT 177612 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 10:02 AM

Mmmmmm Marie Calendars! I'm craving a piece of fresh peach pie.....

 

 COMMENT 177614 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 10:05 AM

Since everyone else is putting their ideal mall changes here are mine-

Change Ruth Chris for Cheesecake Factory
Change Marmalade back to Red Robin
Change either Macys or Sears into Target

All three of those are the main reasons we go to spend money in Ventura and Thousand Oaks.

 

 COMMENT 177618 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 10:17 AM

The longing for conformity, especially in the form of chain restaurants, is just scary. People apparently don't know good food from mass-produced garbage.

Nobody needs an Olive Garden.

 

 COMMENT 177619P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 10:24 AM

Ruth's Chris has a decent happy hour but the restaurant is overpriced and the atmosphere very cold. I'm surprised they lasted this long in such a poor location for an upscale chain restaurant.
No more chain restaurants please - they are all terrible - Olive Garden (way too salty), Cheesecake Factory (immense portions of carb laden food), Red Robin (just plain disgusting), Applebee's (never eaten there and don't plan to) and all the rest. A locally owned and run restaurant that offers moderate pricing with a bar and happy hour for the adults and a family side for the kids could do well there if they have a good reputation for decent food and service once established. I completely agree with those who want the upscale turn at La Cumbre Plaza to just go away - who shops at these stores? I go to Macy's, Pottery Barn, and Sear's occassionally and avoid the whole middle portion of the mall because none of those stores interest me. Bring back some decently priced stores that people actually want to shop at (and can afford). I miss the Gap and Victoria's Secret - going downtown isn't always convenient.

 

 COMMENT 177620 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 10:25 AM

Ruth Chris had a good cocktail hour with excellent cocktails, resonable prices, good hors d'oeuvres and with a nice atmosphere in the bar lounge. Otherwise the dining room and staff were too pretentious and the dinner meals were way overpriced. It was a poor business decision to open such an upscale restaurant in a shopping center parking lot particularly in these very tight economic times.

 

 COMMENT 177625 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 10:45 AM

Here are some replacement suggestions:

Trader Vic's.

Don the Beachcomber.

Bob's Big Boy.

We do NOT need another pricey restaurant like RC or Marmalade. Bring families to La Cumbre Plaza to eat and they might shop there after their meal. Of course, it wouldn't hurt to get rid of the WAY high-end stores like Tiffany and Coach and replace them with affordable shops like Toys R Us and maybe a book store that don't just cater to the Hope Ranch crowd.

 

 COMMENT 177628P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 10:49 AM

Never been to RC in any city -- the name makes no sense. 606, there's been a Ruth's Chris in Seattle for decades -- I moved here from there -- so not sure which shopping center you're referring to. Applebee's made me sick the one time I ate there. Ditto, Sizzler. Olive Garden is good value but very salty. I've liked Marmalade the two times I've been there.....not super great, but decent. Hope it doesn't become a lower quality chain. Sure don't need a Chucky Cheese! Would love to see a nice independent, locally owned destination restaurant, maybe seafood. And totally yes to a Target store somewhere in SB.

 

 COMMENT 177632 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 10:54 AM

How about something affordable...

 

 COMMENT 177633 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 10:55 AM

Level the entire LCP mall and put in a Target.

 

 COMMENT 177642 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 11:13 AM

Roscoe's waffle and chicken house. Fried chicken and waffles. That's 2 of the basic food groups right there.

 

 COMMENT 177646 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 11:25 AM

Hate to burst anyone's bubble regarding the quality of mom&pop vs. chain establishments food. Unless specifically stated that it is from the local farmers markets and/or sustainable, all eaterys order from the same places: sysco, jordanos, the berry man, and maybe shalhoobs for meat. Sysco = Smart & Final. Same exactly. So basically when we all eat out we are paying for cheap crap and atmosphere.

That said...

Macaroni grill or red lobster would be nice.
And i totally agree about adding a target, was at the santa maria one this week and is is NICE!

 

 COMMENT 177648 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 11:30 AM

Target is just another big-box.

We certainly don't need one.

 

 COMMENT 177649 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 11:35 AM

none of these opinions matter...the store or restaurant that will go into its place is the one who can afford and pay the rent ..end of story

 

 SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 11:49 AM

-642 Roscoe's would be a great hit. Not diet food but really something different.

 

 COMMENT 177654 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 12:00 PM

.... Cheesecake factory? No way! I'd love to see the owners of Bouchon open up something in La Cumbre Plaza. It seems like something like Bouchon would fit well with the other stores.

 

 LUCKY 777 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 12:14 PM

DEANO's! As long as RC was getting free rent, and the story was the Deano's guys put everything in storage when they were forced off the Mesa.....
Go Deano's !!!!!
They didn't deliver because they didn't have to!

 

 COMMENT 177660 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 12:35 PM

A lot of elitists here. I liked Ruth Chris' and loved their service and food. Sad to see more jobs and companies leaving the area. If California had a more friendly business environment and the overall ecomony was booming with people working, it would have made it. Crazy high food prices are not helping the restaurant industry either. Good luck Ruth Chris employees on finding a job.

 

 COMMENT 177662P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 12:44 PM

628P, the name comes from the fact that the restaurant was once Chris's or Chris Steak House and the chain was bought by someone named Ruth. I remember reading this in Consumer Reports a number of years ago.

How about turning the RC space into a food court?

 

 COMMENT 177663 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 12:44 PM

Need a deli like the agoura deli. Next time you head toward l.a. Stop there and eat. Oy vey.

 

 COMMENT 177665 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 12:52 PM

Bring back Marie Calendar's!!

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 12:58 PM

I agree that Marmalade should go - went there once and won't go again. Olive Garden is yuck - artery-clogging cheesy sauces and very bland taste. I miss Marie Callender's and would love to see her come back.

As for a GREAT hamburger - Cal Taco, way-y-y out on Hollister past the "big box" stores is the best!

 

 COMMENT 177672 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 01:04 PM

Actually, several of these old-time malls in California and elsewhere have been repurposed into mixed use residential and small commercial neighborhoods. If there are several hundred employees at La Cumbre that outnumbers the customers on an average day (apart from the grocery store).

 

 COMMENT 177679 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 01:46 PM

How about a locally owned business. Keep the money local. We do not need to send our money to corporate headquarters in New York and Dallas.

 

 COMMENT 177685 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 02:17 PM

Good riddance, we have plenty of overpriced steak joints. Another Arch Rock Fish would be good - no good fish places in this end of town.

 

 COMMENT 177686 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 02:20 PM

I like Marmalade....

 

 COMMENT 177687 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 02:27 PM

As a local business owner, unless a local guy has deep pockets the lease costs are way way out of reach. We need a chain that has national notoriety and the ability to back the lease. We need a place where a family of 4 can get dinner for $100 bucks including drinks, tips, etc. My Vote is

1)Sizzler 2)Olive Garden
3)Macaroni Grill 4)Red Robin.

Sizzler has a pretty varied menu and offers allot for Seniors.
Olive Garden has a great price point and nice atmosphere with
full bar, wine service. Macaroni Grill is just fun and Red Robin
has a menu with a little of something for everyone. The only
negative to Red Robin is that the food quality was average or
less than average.

 

 COMMENT 177700 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 03:11 PM

Who cares if cheesecake factory sells "fattier" foods? It's the customers decision where they're going to eat. Allowing a cheesecake factory in our town won't make healthier places like natural cafe and sojourners suddenly "disappear". People can still eat healthier if they so choose.


ps. cheesecake factory is delicious.

 

 COMMENT 177712 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 04:00 PM

So, does anyone have an actual answer about Ruth's Chris closing or not?

 

 COMMENT 177720 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 04:39 PM

I vote for the salad bar type of restaurant like Soup Plantation! At least you know what you're getting - basically vegetables, pasta, sauces, breads, etc. Reasonably priced. Reasonably healthy food. Clean presentation. Very casual atmosphere. Buffet style - no servers and tips and bars and $7 beers and exorbitant prices.

Since I've been living in Santa Barbara for the last 6 years, I've been surprised by the generally low level of food heath awareness in the population and the blind popularity of "steaks and "tri-tip" in this area. I feel like I'm in Omaha or something with all the "tri-tip" and burger talk. With 57% overweight/ obesity rate in California, perhaps a plant based diet is overdue for consideration, rather than blathering on about Cheesecake Factory, Habit, Paradise Cafe, etc.

 

 COMMENT 177734P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 06:27 PM

So people here wants some mediocre chain to move in to replace the mediocre chain that is moving out.

I hope that somebody opens up a one-of-a-kind restaurant serving one-of-a-kind food that can't be bought in Orange County or anywhere else. And, I hope that the menu and the prices are focused on the tastes, budgets, and personalities of the people who live here.

 

 COMMENT 177737 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 06:36 PM

Wake up SB to the reality that property owners are killing off most businesses due to the ridiculously high rents and stringent rules!!! Take a walk down State Street and see how many empty units there are. The property owners (and renters!!) just don't get it that SB has a finite market and there are too many restaurants and retailers all vying for the diminishing $s. The strong will survive, the greedy, weak and stupid will (hopefully) perish. There are many, many good local restaurants already established..I can quote 100 in as many seconds. Go support them rather than crave for some crappy, defrost, microwave or fry then serve junk food chains.
Most SB dining appears to be limited from 5PM to 9PM and at an average of 75 covers @ $35 = $2625 per night. Profit (after RENT) is about 4%. Thank God, gratuities average out at 18% or else almost every restaurant would close tonight.

 

 COMMENT 177743 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 07:16 PM

Just go out and eat at a place you like. Eating out is a bargain. Add up time, energy, equipment...it's always cheaper to go out. Applaud the poor souls that go so deep into their pockets to provide for us. Our picks are Crocodile, Trattoria Victoria, Tee Off. Cafe Del Sol, Playa Azul. Joe's, Brophy's, Dutch Gardens, Natural Cafe, Los Gallos and Chipotle for fast food. Tip well and go often is how we support the good places!

 

 ANDY agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 07:40 PM

COMMENT 177600

2011-05-28 09:06 AM

Why is there so much negativity about people who have money or how they choose to spend it? Stereotyping patrons of certain stores does nothing, but show a person's small mindedness. Not all patrons of these "higher end stores" are leasing their cars, trying to show off or have servants to pick up their food. Many people work hard for their money and deserve to spend it the way they want. As if moderately and lower priced restaurants don't have waitstaff that have airs and attitudes too.

I'm all for mom&pop restaurants and stores, but obviously it's the "chains" that pay the rent. I'd rather have an occupied storefront than abandoned front.

One last thing dear edhatters....can we all agree that correct spelling is necessary at all income levels and perhaps even raise income levels with less haters? rediculous = ridiculous, vitton = vuitton, ludichris = ludicrous

 

 COMMENT 177748P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 08:11 PM

Anyone who thinks Cheesecake Factory isn't so bad should look at their nutrition chart: link

Some of their specialties have more than 2,000 calories in a serving, with thousands of mg. of salt. Even some appetizers are over 1,000 calories. The "Factory Appetizer Favorites" has 3,220 calories in a serving and 6,700 mg. of salt. Heart attack on a plate.

 

 GF JONES agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 08:31 PM

I vote for P.F. Chang --always good. Have eaten there in Las Vegas, Ohio, Arizona, and it is consistently delicious.

 

 COMMENT 177756 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-28 08:37 PM

I love to take my grandchild shopping about once every 2 weeks, and we usually have a special treat before or after the shopping, but never at La Cumbre Plaza. Now, if Jeannine's Bakery were there, we'd spend more time, thus spend more money, at La Cumbre Plaza. The parking for Jeannine's is a bit of a nightmare, so moving it, or putting in a new one might appeal to many.

IMO, we do not need places with booze, or an expensive steak and lobster dinner, for a fun shopping trip. That's why Chuck's exists. (YUM!) We always laugh as we pass by places like Tiffany's or a purse store where an average purse could buy a month's groceries! This is the real world for most of us folk!

But stopping by Jeannine's for a special treat or a tasty meal would be a very inviting experience.

 

 COMMENT 177859 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-29 11:18 AM

I'm for an Olive Garden ! Love those bread sticks. How about you ??

 

 COMMENT 177904 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-29 01:24 PM

I'd love to see Fresco's move into that space if Ruth Chris is really leaving. Fresco's needs more room. They have such fine food and could do with an upgraded environment.
But Ruth Chris has great specials.

 

 COMMENT 177941 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-29 04:30 PM

I'm sorry to hear this. We have had some wonderful meals at Ruths Chris for special occasions. (You can reserve their "wine room" for small parties at no extra charge; it's private and a great environment for a birthday or whatever.) In my opinion, they have the best steak in town. I will be sorry to see them go. And yes, like most of the people who commented, I love many of our local restaurants as well. Seems like there's room for both kinds of eating establishments in this town.

 

 COMMENT 178156 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-30 03:11 PM

The general public never ceases to amaze me. "Can we lobby for a Cheesecake Factory?" Yes, because private real estate owners and private business owners give a rats you-know-what about what you think you want there.

 

 COMMENT 178284 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-31 09:17 AM

Yardhouse or Gordon Biersch

 

 COMMENT 178326 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-31 11:27 AM

We need more family-friendly restaurants that can also be social environments for adults (aka sports bar/restaurant). ISLANDS is great for both!!!! Simple, but tasty menu! If we can't get a Cheesecake Factory, my vote is for ISLANDS!!!!

 

 COMMENT 178455 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-31 05:10 PM

I'm happy to see it go. They should bring back Fresh Choice or any good all-you-can-eat salad bar restaurant, or bring back the Acapulco!

 

 COMMENT 178851 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-01 06:59 PM

Olive Garden or Cheescake Factory would be better than Ruth Chris'.......Too bad Chuck's started serving lower quality steaks!!

 

 COMMENT 179311 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-03 09:34 AM

My vote is for a Dave and Busters. Fun for everyone. And no, I don't think anyone knows if the rumors are true. I'm going to go listen to Fleetwood Mac and see if I can figure it out...

 

 COMMENT 179433 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-03 01:35 PM

The best place for cheesecake in Santa Barbara is Simply Pies

 

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