South Coast Deli.
The South Coast Deli on Chapala Street in Santa Barbara closed its doors on Friday after losing its lease. Credit: Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo

DeliBoy is down, but not out.

The South Coast Deli at 1436 Chapala St. in Santa Barbara served its final “sammie” on Friday.

Now, there’s one less place to enjoy an “Italian Ham Job,” a “Dip Your Tip” and a “Roast Beef Hottie.”

The popular sandwich and salad shop’s lease was not renewed.

“We were shocked and disappointed when our landlord pulled the rug out from under us two weeks before our lease was set to expire,” South Coast Deli owner Jim St. John told Noozhawk.

He said he was under the expectation that the tenancy would be renewed.

Noozhawk reached out to building owner John Holehouse, who said he had “no comment.” Sources told Noozhawk that a new, unidentified tenant would go into the space.

“At this point, we are focusing on the future and not wallowing in the past,” St. John said.

The restaurant placed a few signs at the site informing customers. The place was packed with people all afternoon on Friday. It was a popular breakfast and lunch spot for nearby offices, residents and the EF language school across the street.

“We are so appreciative for the outpouring of support and warmth from our customers this week and over the past 15 years,” St. John said.

Two days ago, the company posted the news on Instagram.

“After 15 amazing years, we have to start a new chapter and close our Chapala doors on Friday, 1/20. Look for Richie and the crew at our other locations,” the post stated. “Thank you all for your support! DeliBoy is on the lookout for our next great opportunity.”

Not all is lost, however.

DeliBoy, the restaurant’s affable mascot, can still be seen around town, in Goleta and two Santa Barbara locations.

“We are looking for new locations but aren’t going to rush into anything,” St. John said.

Joshua Molina

Joshua Molina, Noozhawk Staff Writer

Noozhawk staff writer Joshua Molina can be reached at jmolina@noozhawk.com.