Wednesday, December 13 , 2017, 2:05 am | Smoke 40º

 
 
 
 

Business

BizHawk: Vegan Restaurant Coming to Coast Village Road in Santa Barbara

Changes are on the menu for Goleta McDonald's on Fairview Avenue and Sams 2 U building converted into commercial space

Oliver’s vegan restaurant is opening at the former Peabody’s at 1198 Coast Village Rd. Click to view larger
Oliver’s vegan restaurant is opening at the former Peabody’s at 1198 Coast Village Rd.  (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

Santa Barbara will soon be home to a stylish vegan restaurant, as Oliver’s at 1198 Coast Village Road is set to open by the end of August.

“It is a health-conscious community,” said Yasmeen Lee, marketing director for Matthew Kenney Cuisine. “It’s a beautiful area and there are not a lot of vegan and vegetarian spots out there.”

Matthew Kenney Cuisine, under the name of PlantLab, will provide the food and menu for the restaurant, which is owned by cell phone pioneer Craig McCaw.

“It is a completely plant-based restaurant,” Lee said. “We came up with the concept.”

The restaurant features an open dining area, bar room and outdoor patio designed by Art Luna.

The site was formerly home to Peabody’s. Lee said the name, Oliver’s, was McCaw’s idea.

Lee said the availability of fresh local produce and ingredients will help drive the menu.

Matthew Kenney Cuisine bills itself as a California-based lifestyle company, which has restaurants in New York, Miami and several around the world.

“The foundation of our work is based on proprietary techniques and creative thinking applied to prepare minimally processed, plant-based cuisine that is both refined and healthful,” the company says on its website.  

“When it comes to what we eat, we see things differently than others. Aligned with a world rapidly embracing the need for a healthier diet and an increase in plant-based food consumption, we are crafting the future of food.”

Fairview Avenue McDonald’s Adding Drive-Through Order Station 

The McDonald’s at 146 South Fairview Ave. in Goleta is in store for some changes. The restaurant will be removing three trees and adding a second drive-thru ordering station for customers looking for a Big Mac or any of the other Golden Arches items.

McDonald’s also plans to add an 84-square foot addition to the cashier’s window. Despite the two order stations, motorists will still queue back into one lane pick up their food.

Sams 2 U Converted into Office Space

Nearby, the former Sams to Go and Sams 2 U establishment is being converted back into a commercial office space by the property owner Renee Koke.

The building at 5979 Hollister Ave. will undergo façade improvements. Crews plan to install a new reclaimed wood exterior vertical siding and a grey corrugated metal roof.

The new office space will give the city more supply at a time when Goleta’s vacancy rate has dropped to 9.3, the lowest rate since 2008.

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.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties


Dianne and Brianna Johnson
"We are committed to making our clients feel special by providing the concierge level service they deserve."

Full Profile >