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The restaurant, which features outdoor seating and panoramic ocean views, was closed for about four months for renovations, and had a soft opening in July.
Chef Chris Turano, who earned the role after competing on the Food Network’s Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell, will specialize in Italian Riviera cuisine, including traditional pasta, brick-oven flat bread dishes and lighter, coastal cuisine.
“The Bistro celebrates the art of Italian dining with gusto,” Bacara General Manager Kathleen Cochran said. “Our goal is to serve food with love; we want our guests to feel like they’re dining al fresco at a warm and inviting villa in Italy.”
The Bistro now features a private dining room, and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Z’s-Taphouse & Grill at Zodo’s Adds Wine Keg
The new wine kegs hold about 110 glasses of wine and last 60 days, with little or no change in the wine flavors, and adds to the 40 beer taps already on hand.
Friday’s two-hour wine tasting event will begin at 6 p.m., and involve four Carr Winery varieties paired with appetizers.
Ed Soto Joins Union Bank
Union Bank has hired Ed Soto to its retail consumer lending as a mortgage consultant in Santa Barbara.
Soto will be responsible for assisting clients with their home mortgage needs in the greater Santa Barbara area.
Prior to joining Union Bank, Soto served as senior mortgage loan consultant at Bank of America, a senior mortgage loan consultant at Washington Mutual and a mortgage loan consultant at Great Western Bank.
Carpinteria Businesses See First Friday Boost
Merchants, galleries and restaurants participating in Carpinteria’s First Friday events have noticed an increase in business.
A small committee consisting of Carpinteria business owners and Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce staff headed up the drive to bring visitors and locals to do business in Carpinteria in 2009 on each First Friday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. The Carpinteria City Council appointed the Carpinteria First Committee to put a spark in the local economy.
The group also encourages Carpinteria's nonprofit organizations to partner with the committee each month.
Wine Cask Offers Lunch Deal
The business will donate 10 percent of all guests’ checks when they mention United Way.