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Cava Restaurant & Bar, a 25-year-old Mexican restaurant that was a fixture on Coast Village Road in Montecito, quietly closed its doors for a good Wednesday night.
The popular restaurant was fully booked until the end.
Owner Carlos Lopez-Hollis told Noozhawk on Thursday that the restaurant served its last meal but that he was grateful for all of the restaurant’s support.
The restaurant was founded in 1997 by Carlos and Amanda Lopez-Hollis. It held out through the Montecito debris flow and the COVID-19 pandemic, but failed to win that fight in the end.
Cava specializes in Nuevo Latino and Mediterranean cuisine, along with its original cocktails and wines from countries such as South America and Spain.
According to the Coast Village Association, the restaurant’s original artwork is by Channing Peake, vintage ceramics by Gorky Gonzalez, sterior sheet music by David Minicucci and the “seductive sound of local musician Téka gives Cava its distinctive and inimitable style”.
Cava left a goodbye message on his phone voicemail: “Thank you for your support over the years.”
Santa Barbara councilor Kristen Sneddon, whose district includes Coast Village Road, said she was saddened by the news.
“My husband and I spent our 10th anniversary there,” said Sneddon. “What a loss to the community. This local family business is a firm favorite and I’m sorry they are closing.”
The owners also own Carlitos on State Street in Santa Barbara and Dos Carlitos in Santa Ynez.
Local blackboard and brush will open
The Board & Brush Creative Studio has opened at 31 E. Canon Perdido St. in Santa Barbara.
The local do-it-yourself furniture store is owned by Rachael Krieps Myles and Kelly Almeida.
The store is part of the “fastest growing franchise for wooden signs and home decor art workshops in the country,” according to a press release.
“A friend of mine opened a Board & Brush in Santa Monica, and I told Kelly about my idea of opening one here while chatting over a glass of wine,” said Krieps Myles. “She said she was on board, but I confirmed it later just to make sure the wine wasn’t talking,” she said with a laugh.
Kelly Almeida, left, and Rachael Krieps Myles. (Courtesy photo)
The two plan to devote weekends and evenings to the new company. For now, most of the workshops are scheduled Thursday through Sunday, with the owners also taking reservations for private midweek parties.
Beginners at Board & Brush will feel right at home thanks to the instructor-led format of the workshops, where attendees are guided through the ins and outs of power tools, paint, art and assembly with all of the materials provided by the studio to a press release.
The studio can accommodate 20 people for a workshop, with participants spread over four tables.
Krieps Myles considers himself the entrepreneurial type, while Almeida is the more artistic of the two, resulting in a complementary skill, the press release said.
Cheers to the breweries
Two local breweries recently won major awards at the Great American Beer Festival 2021.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. won four medals for the competition, including two gold for its Davy Brown Ale in the American Brown Lager category and gold for its Meat Sweats in the American Amber Ale category. It also won silver for its Danish red lager and silver for its black is the new black in the German dark lager category.
It was the company’s 29th medal in the competition.
“Winning this year was something very special,” said founder Jaime Dietenhofer. “Not only was this the most competitive GABF ever, it was also a challenging year for the entire brewing industry and the world. We are so grateful that our beers are recognized at this level and we look forward to recognizing beers and breweries on the Central Coast. ”
Figueroa Mountain Brewing’s chief brewer Kevin Ashford said, “This never gets old, but it gets tougher every year. It’s great to see how the Central Coast represents. Hopefully more attention will be paid to the great breweries here in our backyard. ”
Third Window Brewing Co. from Santa Barbara won gold for The Dark in the International Dark Lager category. It is the second medal in a row.
“It is extremely difficult to win anything in this competition, and winning a medal for the second year in a row is very gratifying and humbling,” said founder Kris Parker.
The assessment was carried out in 34 sessions over 17 days with strict health and safety measures; 170 jurors evaluated 9,680 submissions from 2,192 breweries in all 50 states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
U-Haul teams with San Marcos Self Storage
San Marcos Self Storage has signed up as a reseller in the U-Haul neighborhood to serve the Santa Barbara community.
The warehouse at 4093 State St. provides basic services such as underground haul trucks, trailers, pulling equipment, moving supplies, and in-store box collection.
“As the COVID-19 outbreak creates difficult times for small businesses, more than 20,000 merchants in the US and Canada are generating additional revenue through their U-Haul partnership,” a press release said. “When a customer rents from a U-Haul dealer, they are directly supporting an independent small business in their community.”