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For the past nine years, the Brasil Arts Cafe in Santa Barbara has served as both a restaurant and a community center.
Now it’s the latest State Street hangout to close.
The Brasil Arts Cafe at 1230 State St. will close permanently on Sunday with a West African class at 11 a.m., live drumming and a Capoeira demonstration, then a live Brazilian music show at 2 p.m. Teka.
“It’s a very difficult decision,” said owner Daniel Yoshimi. “It’s very heartbreaking, but we’ve really enjoyed these nine years here.”
Yoshimi said he was leaving the space for financial reasons.
The Brasil Arts Cafe also served as a performance and music venue and included a 1,200 square foot studio that hosts dance companies such as Vanessa Isaac’s Hip Brazil and Samba School, Panzumo, La Boheme Dance Troupe, Hip Hop with Harout, West African Dance with Leida, Capoeira Sul da Bahia, Zumba with Brady Hill and others.
Yoshimi said owning the restaurant was “fun”.
“I’m so happy for the community that we share a bit of my culture,” Yoshimi said.
The restaurant serves authentic homemade Brazilian cuisine, drinks and acai bowls.
“We’re not moving to a new location yet,” said Yoshimi, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Jennifer. “We’ll see what the future holds for us.”
Originally from Sao Paolo, Yoshimi moved to Santa Barbara 22 years ago.
“I came to study English and surf, and I still surf,” Yoshimi said.
Make that 11?
Exactly what we asked for, right? Another Starbucks.
The latest Starbucks to open on the South Coast is in a popular spot and one of the city’s most desirable real estate locations: at the corner of State and De la Vina streets in Santa Barbara.
It replaces the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, which previously occupied the space.
For those counting, it’s the 11th Starbucks among Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Isla Vista, not to mention the smaller ones at grocery stores like Albertsons and Target.
There could be more, and certainly more are to come.
Blue Water Hunter expands
Blue Water Hunter is expanding its list of saltwater fishing products and services targeting local species such as redfish, white bass, halibut and bluefin tuna.
Blue Water Hunter, at 117 Harbor Way, Suite D, has been providing scuba diving and snorkeling equipment to the Santa Barbara community since 1967.
Owner Jethro Acosta has partnered with Owen Scheid to bring “a full-service, full-service tackle store to Santa Barbara Harbor,” according to a press release.
“We will offer a full selection of saltwater fishing gear ranging from custom rod packing and repair to the most sought after fishing gear in the industry,” the press release reads.
Scheid is a custom rod maker and founder of Steady Drift Rod. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, he brings 25 years of experience fishing local and offshore West Coast waters, the press release said.
Acosta, diver and ocean lover, purchased Blue Water Hunter in October 2019. He has been scuba diving and freediving in the Channel Islands for over 35 years.
Acosta began his ocean-focused career working at Trilogy Excursions in Maui, where he taught guests, many of whom were seeing the ocean for the first time, how to snorkel in the tidal pools of Hulopoʻe Beach in Lania, according to the Press release.
Blue Water Hunter suppliers include Daiwa, Seeker, Big Hammer, Izerline, Tady Lures, Hook up bates, Owner Hooks, Goldstar, War Baits and Kicker Jig, and the company offers fresh frozen bait (anchovies, sardines, squid and muscle ).
New place to sweat
Spotted: Planet Fitness appears to be headed for Goleta.
A sign reading “Planet Fitness Coming Soon” was spotted by a BizHawk reader.
BizHawk previously reported that IHOP is also heading to the area, to the former Japanese restaurant Itsuki, although the opening time is unknown.