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A new restaurant is headed to Santa Barbara’s Milpas Street, at the site of the old Dave’s Dogs.

Santa Barbara Food Connection plans to open a Mexican restaurant that serves a variety of specialty dishes. The menu includes birria cheese tacos, asada chicken pastor, burritos, quesadillas, asada fries and more.

Owner Joseph Silva said he will offer Greek salads with chicken or tri-tip, with a red wine vinaigrette.

“We will have fresh water and a beer and wine license,” he said.

Silva has owned a food truck and a catering service for six years and plans to sell his popular specials, including fish and chips, clam chowder and a fried chicken sandwich.

Silva, a former Santa Barbara High School student, said he’s excited about the location near the school, at 900 N. Milpas St.

“We are excited to have a grab-and-go menu for the students,” he said. “I like the area and hope to make it a busy location.”

He also will offer vegan and vegetarian options, and something in honor of Dave’s Dogs.

“We will keep chicken strips and fresh-made corn dogs on the menu,” Silva said, adding that he plans a soft opening next week at the spot.

As for Dave’s Dogs, owner Dave Reynoso told Noozhawk that he has moved all of his businesses to the Turnpike Shopping Center, where he runs Dave’s Dogs and plans to open Dave’s Drip House, an ice cream and cereal bar, at 193 S. Turnpike Road . He plans to open his new restaurant in August.

State Street Shows Positive Signs

The number of available retail storefronts on State Street has declined, according to Radius Commercial Real Estate.

Athletic lifestyle store Vuori signed a long-term lease at 833 State St., at the site of the former Wendy Foster storefront.

“It’s a welcome site having this highly visible corner location filled by the popular performance brand, which fits well with the Santa Barbara lifestyle,” according to Radius’ second-quarter report.

Broad Street Oyster Co. has expanded into the former Modern Times Bar and Patio at 418 State St. in Santa Barbara.
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Broad Street Oyster Co. has expanded into the former Modern Times Bar and Patio at 418 State St. in Santa Barbara. (Joshua Molina/Noozhawk photo)

The company also noted that the downtown food scene has picked up momentum, with Taza Mediterranean Street Kitchen opening at 413 State St. Broad Street Oyster Co. expanded from its small seating area into the former Modern Times Bar and Patio at 418 State St.

Satellite, Sama Sama and the Good Lion are offering live music on Tuesdays, according to Radius, bringing large crowds downtown. All had large crowds on a Tuesday night with DJs and bands creating a lively atmosphere along the closed street.

The 900 block continues to experience limited progress with nine vacancies. Two commercial buildings at 1019 State St. and 1027 State St. have sold.

Black Sheep Restaurant Closing

Santa Barbara is losing another downtown restaurant.

The eclectic Black Sheep Restaurant at 26 E. Ortega St. specializes in Latin, Asian and Italian flavors, with a classic French technique.

The company made the announcement on Instagram this week.

“It’s official. Black Sheep is closing on Sept. 4th,” the post states. “Wow, having trouble putting the words into place … I am so grateful for everyone we have met, the friendships we have created, and the family we now have. It has been our honor to share with all of you, our love of food and service. Thank you for being a part of us. … We will miss you. If you need to get your black sheep fix before we are gone, we would love to see and feed you.”

Planet Fitness Grand Opening

Planet Fitness General Manager Matt Curry held a grand opening at the new location at 7127 Hollister Ave. in Goleta on Wednesday.

Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte was in attendance along with representatives from the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County.

Radio station 92.9 gave away a one-year PF Black Card membership and VIP tickets to see The Lumineers.

— Noozhawk staff writer Joshua Molina can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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