Longtime Restaurants Close in Santa Barbara
(Photo: Dutch Garden)
By edhat staff
Local restaurants Dutch Garden and Enterprise Fish Co. are reportedly closing permanently following the shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Santa Barbara's very own "Restaurant Guy," John Dickson, reported the news about Dutch Garden on Monday stating the local hotspot opened in 1945.
Located at 4203 State Street, near the intersection of Highway 154 and State, the small building served up schnitzel, German beer, and other European flavors.
Fill up on all the schnitzel and German beer you can since the restaurant will serve its final meals this coming Saturday, June 27.
Enterprise Fish Co. located at 225 State Street, has been closed since March. The restaurant created a GoFundMe account asking the community to help support their employees while being shut down due to the pandemic.
Their website offers a "temporarily shut down" message stating the restaurant is following health recommendations. However, reporter John Palminteri states multiple employees have confirmed the restaurant will not be reopening.
The 43-year-old restaurant has yet to make a formal announcement but their phone lines are currently disconnected.
As many have already heard, Endless Summer Bar & Cafe and Chuck's Waterfront Grill at the Santa Barbara Harbor have announced their permanent closures on April 30.
"Cheers, to the end of an era. We are sad to announce that we have closed our doors for good. We are so grateful for all of our employees, performers, customers, who have enabled us to remain open for as long as we did," Endless Summer posted on Facebook.
A new local owner is planning to revamp the space into two separate eateries.
The third restaurant, Chuck's of Hawaii on Upper State Street, is currently open for dine-in and takeout. There have been no mentions of closing this location.
On Monday, Zizzo's Coffee and Brewpub at 470 Storke Road in Goleta announced on Facebook they will be closing for good after 12 years.
"We didn’t make much money on this place, matter of fact we lost a lot of money, however we felt we were providing a much-needed community-building service. Building relationships were far more valuable to us. It was never about making a ton of money it was “Good Friends, Great Coffee” which has always been our motto and we sincerely believe we lived by that," the owners wrote.
The Restaurant Guy also reports the walk-up Mexican eatery at 701 Chapala Street, Romanti-Ezer, permanently closed on June 11.
"This was not an easy decision to make, due to Covid-19 we tried as hard as we could to keep the doors open and unfortunately as many small businesses, we were not able to continue keeping the doors open," the restaurant wrote.
It opened in 2006 and also has a food truck with the same name, however, it's unclear if the food truck will also shut down.
Lastly, an edhat reader reports Rose Cafe on Haley Street is not planning to reopen, however, the restaurant has not made an official statement.