Jeannine’s general manager Lalo Mendoza, fro left, owner and operations manager Alison Hardey and president Gordon Hardey plan to open the bakery by July 1.
Jeannine’s general manager Lalo Mendoza, from left, owner and operations manager Alison Hardey, and president Gordon Hardey plan to open the bakery by July 1. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

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One of Santa Barbara’s iconic restaurants is going coastal.

Jeannine’s Restaurant & Bakery is opening on the corner of Cabrillo Boulevard and State Street.

“We feel honored to be here,” owner Alison Hardey said. “Stearns Wharf, this is the apex of Santa Barbara. For us, this is the entry into Santa Barbara.”

The spot is the former site of Eladios and most recently Due Lune, and is next to the Harbor View Inn. With windows as walls facing the ocean, the corner restaurant features one of the best views for a Santa Barbara eatery.

It will be its fourth spot. It will join the other Jeannine’s sites in Goleta, outer State Street in Santa Barbara, and on Coast Village Road.

Hardey a few months ago closed her Figueroa Street location, but said she is ecstatic about the new digs. It could have been another corporate chain, but Hardey said a local family would serve the public better. 

“To be a local company that has been here over 35 years, and to be associated with the Romasanta family, who have also been here and built this,” Hardey said.

The Romasanta family owns the Harbor View Inn and the restaurant site. 

“Their whole business is family-run,” Hardey said. “Ours is family-run. We feel like we are representing Santa Barbara. It is not a Starbucks, and it could’ve been. We really see it as an opportunity to be an ambassador to our community.”

The menu will be the same. At some point, Hardey said, she hopes to open a sophisticated bar in the evening, with curated drinks.

“We envision leather couches, and just this lovely place to sit and chill, not the hustle-and-bustle of our fast-paced lives,” Hardey said.

All of the baking eventually will be done from the new site.

“We see this as our marquee store,” Hardey said. “We’re all-hands-on-deck, we’re all-in, and we’re super excited.”

Hardey said she looked at the space years ago, but it wasn’t available. 

Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hardey said she knows that it will take work to get it off the ground.

“It all happened very fast, but this is the kind of thing we live for, the opportunity,” Hardey said. “We waited and waited and something fell onto our lap, and we’re gonna take it and do the best we can.”

She said she hopes to open on July 1. 

“We hope to be an addition to this corner and make Santa Barbarans proud that we are here,” Hardey said.

SB Sweets Comes to Paseo Nuevo

A new business has opened at the Paseo Nuevo mall in Santa Barbara.

SB Sweets, 313 Paseo Nuevo, opened a week ago and features mini-pancakes and crepes.

The shop is the brainchild of Maria Elena Plascencia, a local entrepreneur who is known for her mini-pancakes and crepes, along with dozens of toppings and crazy combinations that her fans have come to love. She also offers platters for parties and events. 

“We are noticing a big interest in local businesses ready to ‘get back to business’ with COVID restrictions lifting, people starting to get out more and visitors returning to Santa Barbara,” said Mary Lynn Harms-Romo, marketing manager for Paseo Nuevo.

Seaside Makers Collective Opening on State Street

Seaside Makers Collective is expected to open at 727 State St. in July.

Kristin Fraser has been operating the unique boutique in two locations, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, for more than a decade.

The store has a loyal following in part because of The Grapeseed Co.’s vinotherapy products for skin, hair and body, Harms-Romo of Paseo Nuevo said.

The Grapeseed Co. has grown to create more than 100 vinotherapy skin, hair, and bath and body products utilizing fresh, local ingredients and is known for a custom scent bar and niche in the beauty industry. Grapeseed products are distributed to some of the most exclusive spas and resorts around the world, as well as hundreds of specialty shops, wineries and select retailers, according to its website.

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