New Yorker Nick Bodden has opened Revolver to bring New York-style pizza to Santa Barbara’s Westside.
New Yorker Nick Bodden has opened Revolver to bring New York-style pizza to Santa Barbara’s Westside. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

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Nick Bodden has brought New York-style pizza to Santa Barbara’s Westside.

Bodden and his two business partners, Nick Gebhardt and Ron Allen, opened the restaurant Revolver at 1429 San Andres St. in mid-August, at the former site of the popular Paesano’s.

“The odds are against us,” Bodden said. “We’re opening a restaurant in the middle of the COVID pandemic with a shoestring budget. It shouldn’t work. But it does. We’re doing really well.”

Bodden has decorated the restaurant with his personal belongings, a David Bowie poster, classic art and a retro turntable. The Revolver name comes from the Beatles album. Bodden is a big fan. 

Bodden said he has been in the restaurant industry for 11 years, but having a place that he can call his own is special. They are all chefs, and they are focusing only on pizza.

There are four primary pizzas on the menu: Rossa, Margherita, Pepperoni and White Pie, ranging from $16 to $18. Adding roasted vegetables is an additional $2. Pizza slices are $6. They also serve an $8 Caesar salad or a market salad with ranch dressing.

“That’s our whole menu,” Bodden said. “Six things on the menu. Two salads and four pies. We focus on that. We really put our blood, sweat and tears into the flour, the sauce, the cheese, everything.”

The restaurant has ample outdoor dining. Bodden, who came to Santa Barbara in 2009 to surf, said he fell in love with Santa Barbara City College and decided to stay.

“I came out here to check out the city college and never left,” he said.

Bodden said he had been looking for a spot for about two years to open a restaurant and finally settled on the current site because it was “perfect.”

Childhood Friends Form Law Firm

Childhood friends and Santa Barbara natives David Tappeiner and Mark DePaco have jointly founded and opened their own law practice, DT Law Partners in downtown Santa Barbara.

“After years of planning and preparation, we are thrilled to be launching this law practice in service of our beloved community,” DePaco said in a news release. “David and I look forward to continuing to assist Santa Barbara’s businesses and families with their legal needs.” 

Tappeiner is an expert in estate and trusts, including preparation of all types of estate planning documents, trust and estate administration, conservatorships, and trust and probate litigation.

DePaco focuses on corporate transactions, including securities offerings, debt and equity raises, mergers and acquisitions, and all matters related to corporate and business growth. He operates as outside general counsel to companies of all types and phases of development, and counts angel investors, investment companies, funds and family offices among his clients.

Tappeiner earned his bachelor’s degree in 1997 from UCSB before moving to Colorado with his wife and daughter. He attended the University of Denver College of Law, receiving his law degree in 2000. He practiced law in Denver from 2000 to 2006. He returned to Santa Barbara in 2006 and joined the law firm of Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Raney LLP, becoming a partner there within two years.

Tappeiner is licensed to practice law in California and Colorado, is a member of the State Bar of California Trusts and Estates division and a California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. He has a preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the Santa Barbara Estate Planning Council.

DePaco earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1994, and received a law degree from the University of Southern California Law School in 1998. Before founding DT Law Partners, he was a partner at Fell Marking in Santa Barbara for 10 years.

The firm is located at 125 E. Victoria St., Suite I in Santa Barbara.

Goleta Office Building Sale

Majestic Asset Management, in an off-market transaction, sold an 11,200-square-foot building on a 1.02-acre parcel off Ward Drive, at 5511 Ekwill St. in Goleta.

The buyer was a local investor. The closing price was not disclosed.

Francois DeJohn, Liam Murphy and Steve Hayes of Hayes Commercial Group represented Majestic Asset Management in the sale. Gene Deering of Radius Group represented the buyer.

“Majestic purchased this campus 10 years ago as a value-add project,” DeJohn said. “Under their ownership, the property has appreciated even better than expected, and Majestic decided to sell the buildings individually to fund new projects on the South Coast.”

The fourth and last remaining building at the Majestic Industrial Park is being marketed by Hayes Commercial Group.

Majestic Asset Management manages, owns and develops investment property primarily in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

“The Majestic Industrial Park presents a unique opportunity to tenants and investors,” Murphy said. “It is comprised of industrial-type buildings but has ample land and parking, which opens up each building to accommodate other uses, including creative office. This versatility gives the properties greater appeal and intrinsic value than a typical warehouse or R&D building.”

New Director at Alisal Guest Ranch

The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort has promoted Anthony Endy to director of culinary operations.

Endy conveys a reverence for the region’s bounty and “is committed to crafting timeless cuisine made from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients at their peak,” according to a news release. He also leads the biannual BBQ Bootcamp, where guests are invited to multiple days of cookouts and cooking demonstrations from Endy alongside visiting chefs. Endy also launched The Alisal’s California Ranch Cookouts, a series of outdoor dinners with visiting esteemed guest chefs like Nyesha Arrington, Neal Fraser, Burt Bakman and more.

“I am excited to continue expanding the culinary programming at this iconic Central Coast property,” Endy said. “It is a privilege to share the unique flavors, regional techniques and comforting dishes that I am passionate about with guests and visitors of The Alisal.”

Before joining The Alisal, Endy came from the Paul Martin’s American Grill brand, serving as manager of culinary development for several years. He also worked at a variety of restaurants, including Rooney’s Irish Pub, Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café, Chef Rick’s Ultimately Fine Foods, the Historic Santa Maria Inn and Wine Cask.

Tax Revenues Continue Their Plunge

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to stress local government tax revenues.

The City of Santa Barbara took in $1.2 million in transient occupancy taxes for the first month of the fiscal year, down by nearly 50 percent from the year prior.  

The city’s adopted transient occupancy tax budget is $17.2 million.

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