Oppi'z Restaurant in Santa Barbara.
Oppi'z Italian Bistro at 1026 State St. in Santa Barbara has closed its doors after a four-year run. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

Another State Street business bites the dust.

Oppi’z Italian Bistro has closed its doors after a four-year run at 1026 State St. in Santa Barbara.

It’s the latest restaurant casualty in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor dining fees, the demise of retail, and a State Street promenade is flux.

The ownership team posted a note on its website with the title of “Goodbye.”

“For my part, I have made every effort to try and make OPPI’Z a success
story,” owner Guido Oppizzi wrote. “However, due to the pandemic, skyrocketing inflation, abysmal winter season, and all the other adverse situations we have encountered, I am unable to make OPPI’Z as successful as I had wished.”

The restaurant opened in July 2019.

“It has been a pleasure to serve the beautiful Santa Barbara community and its visitors from around the world,” Oppizzi wrote. “I will miss chatting with you and our most loyal customers with who we have built up authentic relationships over the years.”

Oppizzi grew up in Pavia, Italy, about 20 miles south of Milan.

In 2019, he told Noozhawk that he would serve “upscale pizza with top-quality ingredients, most of which come from Italy.”

“Most of the Italian restaurants in America are Americanized and there is no true Italian flavor,” Oppizzi said at the time.

The dough was prepared a day in advance, and some of the pizza was cooked with “activated charcoal,” which makes the dough black.

Before Oppi’z, Palazzio, and its irresistible garlic butter rolls, occupied the space.

Rebranded Hotel in Solvang

The Hadsten Solvang held a grand reopening on Tuesday.

The hotel has undergone an “extensive transformation,” under the ownership of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

Under the new branding, the hotel, at 1450 Mission Drive, will be rebranded as The Hadsten Solvang, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, paying homage to the Hadsten railway in Denmark, according to a news release.

“Throughout the property, guests will find subtle hints and nods to recognize its rich history, including the hotel’s newly designed logo featuring two prominent railroad spikes,” according to the news release.

“We are delighted to reopen as a unique property within Hilton’s upscale portfolio,” said John Elliott, CEO for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. “The Hadsten Solvang, Tapestry Collection by Hilton balances an updated contemporary feel while appreciating the design and historical elements of Solvang.”

The 74-room hotel was built in 1972 and purchased by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in 2012.

New Wellness Center

Wellness franchise Restore Hyper Wellness is set to open in Santa Barbara on Sept. 15.

“The range of services and products offered by Restore are sophisticated and of the highest quality,” franchisee Brandon Cox said. “We provide an array of advanced modalities under one roof, all aimed at enhancing health and promoting longevity. This is what sets Restore apart and motivated us to expand into Santa Barbara.”

Cox had a founding role with CorePower Yoga studios and Orangetheory Fitness, according to a news release.

The Santa Barbara spot, at 3993 State St, Suite A, is in the Five Points Shopping Center. Its features include cryotherapy, red light therapy, infrared therapy, compression therapy, IV hydration, inter-muscular shots, bio-marker assessment tests, mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and aesthetician services such as hydro facials and cryo skin treatments, according to a news release.

Seven Hills Turkish Imports.
“Everything must go” as Seven Hills Turkish Import at 1015 State St. in Santa Barbara prepares to close for good. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

Seven Hills Folding

According to six signs plastered on its facade, Seven Hills Turkish Import is shutting its doors.

“Store closing, everything must go!” the sign states.

The store, at 1015 State St., sells rugs, lamps, scarves and other Turkish items and has a sign that states “50% off.”