Jeannine's Bakery & Restaurant Closes Downtown Location
By the edhat staff
Jeannine's Bakery & Restaurant has permanently closed its downtown location citing these "unprecedented times."
The eatery opened its doors in 2008 inside the La Arcada Plaza on 15 East Figueroa Street as the restaurant's third location. They later expanded by opening a fourth location in Goleta on Hollister Ave across the street from the Camino Real Marketplace.
The mainstay locations on 3607 State Street in Santa Barbara and 1253 Coast Village Road in Montecito will remain, as well as the Goleta location.
"It is with great regret that we have made the decision to close the restaurant on Figueroa Street permanently. Our Jeannine’s family has so enjoyed being a part of the Downtown community for the past 15 years, and we are especially grateful to La Arcada for having provided such a beautiful home for all of us. This decision was one of the most difficult that we have had to face during these unprecedented times," the restaurant stated in a message to its patrons.
The Montecito location is currently open for takeout while the Upper State Street and Goleta locations are expected to reopen as soon as the "restrictions on our industry have been eased, and we are able to seat guests on our patios again," according to their statement.
Noemi Pizza Romana Cites Lockdown for Closure
Noemi Pizza Romana on Upper State Street in Santa Barbara (Photo: Facebook)
Noemi Pizza Romana opened in the former home of Pizza Guru at 3534 State Street in June of last year, months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the area. Early this year owner Aymiee Lee announced the closure of their Roman-style pizza joint.
In a letter to Santa Barbara's Restaurant Guy, Lee stated having "zero restaurant experience" and opening during the pandemic made it financially unfeasible to keep it open.
"We just had so many challenges from Covid lockdowns, staffing to operations. I am heartbroken to have to close permanently. My heart goes out to all business owners, especially food/drink businesses. I saw first hand the laborious work, long hours and sacrifices involved in running a restaurant," the pizzeria's Facebook page stated.
Chocolate Shop Closes State Street Location
Chocolats Du CaliBressan at 1100 State Street in the La Arcada Plaza also closed its location at the end of 2020.
An official statement wasn't announced but their Facebook page announced a closing sale that took place last weekend.
Their location in Carpinteria remains open as well as their online sales and orders.
Cajun Kitchen on De La Vina Street Shuts Down
According to the Restaurant Guy, the 1925 De La Vina Street location of the popular Cajun Kitchen chain has closed permanently.
The three remaining Cajun Kitchen locations at 901 Chapala Street, 6025 Calle Real in Goleta, and 6831 Hollister Avenue in Goleta are open for takeout and delivery.