Tayyaba Tahir Malik has opened Pueblo Del Pollo in Isla Vista.
Tayyaba Tahir Malik has opened Pueblo Del Pollo in Isla Vista. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

There’s nothing else like it — Indo-Pakistani and Mexican food ordered all in one place.

“I know it’s a rare combination, but all the customers like the food,” Pueblo Del Pollo owner Tayyaba Tahir Malik said.

The restaurant has arrived in Isla Vista, at 6578 Trigo Road.

It once occupied 2984 State St. in Santa Barbara, and before that was under the El Pollo Loco name, as a franchise.

Malik and her family ran the store for 20 years under the El Pollo Loco and Pueblo Pollo names. She said they lost their franchise during the COVID-19 pandemic so decided to rebrand as Pueblo Del Pollo.

A year ago, they opted to leave the space altogether, citing plumbing problems.

Malik is originally from Pakistan but owned a restaurant in Los Angeles before coming to Santa Barbara.

“Now we moved to Isla Vista,” she said.

In the week since it opened, under the name Pueblo Del Pollo, Malik has experienced a crush of students to enjoy the food, sometimes as late as 3 a.m.

“They should try our food,” she said. “They will see the difference in the taste. We are trying our best. Just give us a chance and stop by sometime.”

She also offers a $5 menu deal.

“That’s kind of impossible to find,” Malik said.

Wingstop Arriving in Goleta

Wingstop is moving in next to Panda Express in the Fairview Shopping Center on Calle Real in Goleta.

“Fairview Shopping Center is getting a new tenant!” said Caitlin Hensel, a commercial real estate broker with Hayes Commercial Group. “We represented the landlord in this 10-year lease deal with Wingstop and look forward to their grand opening likely later next year.  Welcome to Goleta’s finest shopping center, Wingstop!”

It’s the third Wingstop on the South Coast, with locations in La Cumbre Plaza in Santa Barbara and in Isla Vista.

More Lease Deals

Town & Country Event Rentals has leased 3905 State St. in Santa Barbara.

According to Radius Commercial Real Estate, the company pivoted from a showroom/warehouse at 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez to a retail corner previously occupied by TD Ameritrade.

“The 3,151-square-foot retail lease filled a long-term vacancy on the prominent intersection of State Street and La Cumbre Road,” according to Radius Commercial Real Estate’s third-quarter report.

In addition, Validation Ale leased a second Santa Barbara location at 2840 De
la Vina St., “highlighting another example of successful Funk Zone brands expanding into a more localized retail market,” according to Radius.

Karl Storz Imaging leased 35,000 square feet at 147 Castilian Drive for additional research and development space, according to Radius.

“While the medical device manufacturer is relinquishing a small industrial space on
Aero Camino, the company is increasing its footprint in Goleta with this move,” according to Radius.

Soilmoisture signed a new lease at 601 Pine Ave. for 12,800 square feet after occupying a building on Kellogg Avenue since the early 1960s.

Goleta’s vacancy rate dropped from 4.4% to 3.1% during the third quarter, with rates remaining stable, according to Radius.

Lompoc Chamber Event

Small Business Saturday is coming to Lompoc.

The Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses in the Lompoc Valley, Vandenberg Village and Mission Hills to take part in the event on Nov. 25.

All participants must donate a raffle item, such as goods, gifts or a gift certificate, to Small Business Saturday raffle baskets. The deadline to register is Friday, and donated items must be turned in by Monday to be included in the Chamber Shop Small map.

Businesses wishing to participate in Small Business Saturday Shop Small must sign up online.