High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

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All the remaining assets of High Sierra Grill near the Santa Barbara Airport are now up for auction.

Auction Nation announced they are liquidating all items in the now-closed restaurant after owner Manuel Perales decided to hold an online auction available to the general public.

High Sierra Grill, located at 521 Firestone Road, opened in 2015 and closed late last year after attempting to reassign their lease to investors of a flight-themed restaurant, named Flightline, and its manager Warren Butler. The City of Santa Barbara denied the lease transfer stating they had legitimate business concerns regarding Flightline's ability to assume the lease obligations and operate a high-quality restaurant and bar for the entire remaining term of the lease. 

High Sierra Grill then filed a claim of damages against the City of Santa Barbara in November alleging the City constituted numerous contractual breaches resulting in substantial financial losses. The next court hearing is scheduled for March 6.

The auction includes everything from deep fryers and commercial freezers to flat-screen televisions and dining tables. 

All bidding will take place online now through Tuesday, February 4. There will also be an open house preview on Tuesday, February 4 from 10 am until 12 pm. For full details and a complete schedule of the High Sierra Bar and Grill Liquidation Auction visit www.AuctionNation.com

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aragorn Jan 31, 2020 10:12 AM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

It's a shame that the Flightline, which it did not take off the ground, thanks to the evil Empire of the City. I really enjoyed going there for breakfast, cocktails, and appetizers. Strafed before going up in the air.

a-1582422804 Jan 31, 2020 09:43 AM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

Everyone saying this place has potential. How is that? I mean it's easy for us all after-the-fact to make recommendations to what would work/not work. But we had the Elephant Bar that was fed by all the defense contractors up the Hollister corridor. That changed. The High Sierra is of the same family that does the SB Golf Course restaurant which is at least very decent. So he knew what he was doing (although maybe executed incorrectly). It seems things went astray because of pure political reasons. This Butler guy vs. the people who administratively run the airport. So again, politics. So what now? Obviously dining out has changed. Goleta in general is a bedroom community and most people dine in. Food habits have changed and become more healthy. Costs of running a restaurant have skyrocketed and especially related to leaseholds. Either way, to me? It just seems a catastrophic and monumental waste to put people through such red tape and political back-and-forth. Apparently, at this point, the only restaurant that will make it there will be a Starbucks. Remember, Goleta is barely holding onto a Chile's, couldn't hold an Outback and cannot lure any of the larger chains based on size. I think a BJ's would be fantastic. There menu is amazing as is their quality assurance. But Goleta is probably just under their ability to take the chance.

Alexblue Feb 03, 2020 04:14 PM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

Wow, that's pretty messed up. Warren seems like a pretty good guy and well intentioned, he hasn't to my knowledge engaged in fraud, tax evasion or discrimination, so why would you make such an insulting comparison?

Alexblue Feb 03, 2020 04:14 PM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

Wow, that's pretty messed up. Warren seems like a pretty good guy and well intentioned, he hasn't to my knowledge engaged in fraud, tax evasion or discrimination, so why would you make such an insulting comparison?

a-1582422804 Jan 31, 2020 09:59 AM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

If a Hooters wen in there it'd get the business. Who? All the solo travelers coming to SBA for business, college students who are 21, people who do not want to travel to lower State street or the Funk Zone to party, etc. They have the parking, it's not close to family housing areas, yada, yada.

a-1582422804 Jan 30, 2020 10:46 PM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

Personally, I like that the restaurant is a no-go there. When we're driving to and from Goleta on that part of Hollister, the light remains green for us because there are no vehicles coming out of that area at the intersection. Move Chick-Fil-A there and get that boondoggle off State St.

sbrobert Jan 30, 2020 08:06 PM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

I agree that the food at Flightline and High Sierra was awful. They took classic dishes and had to add their special twist to ruin them. They also overcharged the Science and Engineering Council to meet in that cramped room full of obstacles. It is too bad if the flight memorabilia can't be preserved. Yes, the Elephant Bar was good. We need something like that again.

surfergirl69 Jan 30, 2020 07:59 PM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

What a shame......the Flightline had an enormous amount aviation history , including much local aviation history. The ONLY restaurant with such an incredible collection. The model aircraft were captivating..........Priceless photos....what is going to happen to all of that ? The Santa Barbara City has really screwed up again at the airport.

REX OF SB Jan 30, 2020 05:57 PM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

I'd like to see a BBQ country & western bar/restaurant like they have in Texas. Live entertainment, line dancing, brisket—the whole 9 yards. There's lots of parking and no neighbors, so the patrons could get as loud as they wanted. Also, give it a catchy name, like Lee Harvey's. (It really exists in Dallas). Maybe call it Ma Duncan's, as an homage to Santa Barbara's own Elizabeth Duncan, who was the last woman executed in California. (Google "Elizabeth Duncan Santa Barbara"). There is potential aplenty at this site.

Get over it Jan 30, 2020 06:22 PM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

I would be totally down for that. The only problem is leasing from the city of SB. Who in their right mind would invest all that money knowing their history? It's bad enough renting any commercial space in SB from Private entities and having to deal with zoning, permitting and everything else.

a-1582422804 Jan 30, 2020 05:17 PM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

This location has so much potential! Let's get something good in there, High Sierra and Flightline had terrible food. Elephant Bar was a lot of fun, my family really enjoyed the diversity of their food, plus they had a great bar and a fun vibe in there. Let's get something quality and I will go all the time.

letmego Jan 31, 2020 09:18 AM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

I used the love the Elephant bar. I gained 40 pounds when I moved into the area, and I think half of that was E-bar. (I've since lost that weight, whew.)

PitMix Jan 30, 2020 12:44 PM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

Can a lessee really assign the lease to someone else? Doesn't seem like you would allow that as a landlord. Does the City know what they are doing or is the restaurant's lawyer making stuff up?

a-1582422804 Jan 30, 2020 03:10 PM
High Sierra Grill and Bar Assets Up For Auction

All commercial leases have a sublease/assignment clause and the boilerplate language essentially says the Landlord shall not unreasonably withhold approval. Lease transfers happen quite often and the only time an assignee gets denied is if they have terrible credit and poor finances. Landlords have to do their diligence on the assignee, as they would any tenant, but it's really hard to not qualify, and most of the time, the original tenant has to personally guarantee the performance of the new tenant through the term. Without knowing what the High Sierra lease says exactly, and basing it on my knowledge of standard commercial leases, I think High Sierra has a strong case against the City.

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