Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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By edhat staff

The owners of Cafe Ana announced they are closing for good on Monday due to financial constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The "all-day cafe" is located on the corner of Anapamu and Anacapa Streets in the former location of Coffee Cat. They opened in December 2018 following an extensive remodel and stuck the location's roots serving coffee while adding extended food and wine options.

Their menu included California cuisine as well as house-made pastries for breakfast and lunch, and a newly added dinner menu of seasonal dishes.

Owners Katherine Guzman Sanders and Julian Sanders posted a message to their followers expressing their sadness over the decision to close.

"We write this with an incredibly heavy heart. The events of late have triggered the outcome we've been dreading... Cafe Ana is closed, permanently. March was going to be the month that saved us... with the launch of dinner, we were poised to finally get up on our own two feet. But instead it's the month that killed us. We ran the numbers for a pivot and we just can't do it. We're at the bottom of the barrel...," the note read.

The Sanders' thanked their employees and the community for supporting their dream for the past 15 months.

"Thank you all so much for the support. It was incredible to have been able to live our dream - if even for that fleeting moment," they said.

(Photo: Cafe Ana / Instagram)
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a-1587433766 Apr 20, 2020 06:49 PM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

First rule of restaurant business plan: have enough money to tide you over for the first year. Just in case. Guess it applies to other years, as well. So many places fold in Santa Barbara, due to lack of money. Condolences to these owners and their investors.

therealbebe Apr 20, 2020 08:07 PM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

What a myopic statement. Having the money to get you through the first year is an entirely different animal from having the money to get you through a 100% shutdown. Get real and don't add insult to injury.

yiannis93101 Apr 20, 2020 06:58 PM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Never mind, I just realized it was the old coffee place. I just looked at their menu, it’s still on their website. $3.50 for a blueberry muffin? Avocado toast $10, and roast chicken for dinner at $22!?! It’s time for all of us to get real Santa Barbara, those days are over. Go buy a chicken at Costco for five bucks!

Chip of SB Apr 20, 2020 07:23 PM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Unfortunately, there will e many many more businesses closing. That will also result in many people remaining unemployed when the stay home orders are lifted. I’m no lawyer, but as a general proposition the government is not allowed to take property without due process of law and just compensation. All businesses that have bend harmed by the state’s unconstitutional orders should sue for just compensation.

a-1587436036 Apr 20, 2020 07:27 PM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Chip - you're thinking of eminent domain. That's not applicable here. The government isn't "taking" (necessary for ED) anything. If the gov was actually condemning and taking over peoples' business, then maybe, although eminent domain applies to real property. All that's happening now is a constitutionally appropriate limitation on our ability to go to some businesses. It sucks for some, but it's necessary for ALL... and it is 100% legal.

a-1587438098 Apr 20, 2020 08:01 PM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Sad. They were a bit pricey but really nice environment and home made pastries, great coffee. Nice place to meet up after court hearings and discuss things. Expect more of these stories in the days to come.

a-1587448750 Apr 20, 2020 10:59 PM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Nothing personal, but I think they would have folded even without the virus. Went there once. A dry scone was $4. Add the $3 coffee and you’re at $7, plus tip. Never went back.

SBRoses Apr 21, 2020 07:54 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

I’m so confused by the commenters complaining about what are, frankly, reasonable prices. You must be unaware of how much money it costs to jump through the city’s endless permitting and approvals hoops just to open a basic business. Combined with rent, staff, high quality ingredients. If you want to pay 99 cents instead of $7 for breakfast, you should have gone around the corner to McDonalds.

RHS Apr 21, 2020 10:49 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

SBROSES: If McDonald's can survive the city bureaucracy that you complain about, why couldn't a small shop like Ana's? The truth is that they too often have unreasonable expectations which include, especially, the idea that people will patronize them for personal reasons. In fact most customers want a fair price and comfortable venue. Ana was neither--hard chairs that discouraged staying around and noisy ambience. The owners are, I am sure, well-intentioned but please, they should not put the blame on the customers they didn't get when those customers had a chance to decide not to go there.

SBRoses Apr 21, 2020 11:09 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

I was thinking I should try to explain to you the difference between how things like sourcing and pricing work for giant corporations with global dominance vs. small, locally owned businesses with zero leverage but if you've made it into adulthood and don't understand economic fundamentals like that, I don't think I can help you.

SBRoses Apr 21, 2020 11:13 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Also I am really hoping you are not intending to imply that McDonald's is a comfortable venue. And your idea of comfort may be different than others in any case. That is totally subjective. There was nothing unfair about Ana - or many of our other wonderful small, local business' - pricing structure. Again, you seem to have a terrible grasp on how things work in the real world. Huge costs to open given local permitting marathons, expensive staffing, expensive ingredients, etc. If you can't pencil out how that might lead to a $4 pastry, again, I can't help you.

RHS Apr 21, 2020 11:28 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

No, I was not saying that McD's is a comfortable place. I was referring to your recommendation that people who want less expensive food should go to McD's and the apparent contradiction that you can recommend a surviving business in downtown SB that overcame the alleged hostility of city bureaucrats to do so while blaming these same city bureaucrats for their alleged bad conduct in somehow driving Ana out of business. You need to try and analyze the arguments and facts before you simply attack the message unless you are not interested in facts and prefer your own shibboleths.

a-1587475504 Apr 21, 2020 06:25 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Sadly, I agree that this business probably would never have made it anyway. I tried going there a couple of times. Once they had no milk/creamer for coffee at 8 am in the morning and the other time the baked goods I bought were tasteless. Plus the service was lackluster.

a-1587480661 Apr 21, 2020 07:51 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

We are really going to miss them, and that's for sure. Their baked goods were incredible, and prices for most things were fair (no $5 Costco chickens however). So sad that they have to close. Good luck with your next venture!

Icre84U Apr 21, 2020 08:18 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

I own a very small restaurant and sympathize, the loss of revenue is devastating. Landlords are NOT receptive to requests for rent forbearance and continue to send demand letters. I agree with SBROSES - County Health Inspectors arrived unannounced and instead of worrying about relevant "Take-Out Only" and Safe Distancing protocols instead demanded a new written "Time as a Health Control Measure" which requires cooks to write down in a log book the time and description of every item is pulled from refrigeration; the time four hours from then; quantity and disposition of food waste. This is archaic; I'm all about food safety but use electronic 4-hour timers which are much easier on the staff to use; but apparently unknown to the County Inspector. With reduced operating hours, my employees are suffering as well (reduced paychecks) and they in turn also have landlords demanding rent. I'm lucky to have good demand for take-out in the evening which is the only reason I'm still open now; but hanging on by a thread.

SBRoses Apr 21, 2020 08:34 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. Thank you for sharing with us, though. It's important that people be transparent about how difficult the local government makes opening and running businesses. The new protocol you've described is completely crazy. Priorities here for government agencies seem completely hijacked by arbitrary and often archaic policy. Whether it's the time and energy spent trying to get Institution Ale's neon signed removed or getting cooks to write in a freaking journal instead of a modern method like a timer - so often, I look around and see what feels like government waste and sabotage of local business. Wishing you the best and really hope you are able to pull through.

rwelsh Apr 21, 2020 08:40 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Death of an honest small business providing an honest service: this is the canary in the coal mine. The .01% US deaths from Covid-19 do not justify the closing of the economy. This is a travesty. I would like to see what the government workers would do if THEIR paychecks were stopped during this closure.

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 21, 2020 10:11 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

RWelsh, I am curious what value do you assign to a human life? $100? $1000? $10,000? $100,000? $1,000,000? $10,000,000? Do tell? For without a value on a single life, you cannot make such a claim.

PitMix Apr 21, 2020 11:19 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

If you put a value of $150,000 on each life like some economists do, and the death numbers stay where they are, the cost to the economy is about $150B. If they reopen the country and the death rates soar, the cost becomes $4.5Trillion. There is the range you are looking at when you want to reopen early.

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 21, 2020 11:49 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

150k? Hmmm.... Recent figures show that the individual citizen's share of the USA debt is just about $69,000 per. So if we use your figure, almost half the value of al citizen's life, is the debt the US Government holds against that human-being.

aragorn Apr 21, 2020 09:22 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Very sad. I have been there more than couple of times. Very metropolitan atmosphere which was alright, but not like the old Coffee Cat, homey kick back "How ya doin'"? regular type of folks coffee joint, which I really miss. Best of luck to the owners and their former staff. (And the German beer on tap that I drank one time there at Cafe Ana out in the patio area was very good.)

bigone Apr 21, 2020 09:43 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Sadly and most disturbingly both for business owners and all citizens alike, this will be occurring frequently in "Everytown, USA." By all means, if you have been scared senseless, have compromising health issues, and worry that you are going to die if you get within six feet of another person, please feel free to stay inside and out of public places as long as you want. For the rest of us we would like to get back to normality immediately. Believe what you want, but I happen to support and agree with various op-eds in many different publications (yes, shudder, Conservative ones) that suggest, and I paraphrase, "the Wuhan virus regulations have nothing to do with your safety and everything to do with your freedom. This virus is dangerous to a very small number of people, virtually all of which have underlying health issues. Data now shows that at least 30 times the number of people who get infected either show no symptoms or experience minor sickness. To close down the entire country by draconian measures and curtailing our personal liberties for .01% of the population dying is both insane and troubling. We've eliminated a huge part of the Bill of Rights with barley a wisp of protest from the citizenry. Right now we are in a perfect storm of cowardice and stupidity." And I also quote from another source: "Before everyone lost their minds, dozens of studies were done on the coronavirus. All of them came to the same conclusion. It will be like a second round of flu season. Tragically, people will die, but it won’t be worse than what we experience every year." And that is proving very prophetic. Unlike the dire predictions that millions of people in the U.S. would die, it has become a classic case of being told to trust the "experts" and then finding out the experts were wrong.

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 21, 2020 10:08 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Nice of you to share your conclusions BigOne. I am assuming that no one in your life wants to hear your thoughts on the matter and that why you turn to a small town message board to boast about your brilliance. Yes, fear is the driving source of this crisis. And for good reason... its impacts unknown and its potential not well understood. But for a small minority of internet experts, our reaction is overblown and its hysteria manufactured. All to take away your freedoms. FYI - You are fully capable of earning money right now, in fact there are millions to be had, if you're smart enough to figure it out... Regardless, no one is stopping you from being stupid. That's a god-given right to every human, regardless of one's country or political affiliation. \ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\//////////////////////////// / As for this closure, its sad and rather ironic especially considering that this particular cafe was held up by County of SB's employees. Who are, as it turns, one of the few segments of the population whose income has not been impacted at all by the crisis...

sacjon Apr 21, 2020 10:17 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

"the Wuhan virus regulations have nothing to do with your safety and everything to do with your freedom" - Ugh..... A) It's "coronavirus" or "covid19," not "Wuhan flu," "Wuhan virus," "Chinese flu," etc. The 1920's are long over, time to keep pace. B) If you truly believe that the stay at home orders have nothing to do with safety and are only designed to repress the citizens of our country, then I have nothing more to say. There's nothing that can counter such an absurd argument, as it's indicative of conspiracy theory-based logic, a logic with which there is no point in attempting to dissuade through rational, logical argument.

Ahchooo Apr 21, 2020 10:37 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The problem with giving each individual the right to risk infection is that they then infect others who haven’t agreed to the risk. And then there are the Overworked medical personnel who might like a a chance for a few hours off, and less risk for themselves as well. When you get infected, you risk others‘ lives. Your freedom stops where mine begins.

CoastWatch Apr 21, 2020 10:47 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

@ SACJON- The virus and every virus is named for the GEOGRAPHICALLY location of its origin. The only reason the name changed was due to the United Nations / World Health Organization having political pressure from China to change the name from the Wuhan Virus to the Coronavirus... So you see, you are supporting non-science standard operating procedures by supporting the corruption of the WHO, an organization as corrupt as the U.N.

Alexblue Apr 21, 2020 10:51 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

BIGONE (ha--yeah). I've heard some dumb things in relation to the pandemic, but this is one of the dumbest:

"the Wuhan virus regulations have nothing to do with your safety and everything to do with your freedom"

Literally one of the dumbest.

Chip of SB Apr 21, 2020 10:51 AM
Cafe Ana Announces Closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic

AHCHOOO, you can isolate yourself to whatever extent you feel is appropriate, but you can't force other people to live the way you think they should. Everyone has a different idea of what the risk is and what precautions are appropriate. Some would say that YOUR choices are irresponsible.

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