The Whitefoot Meat Market and six adjoining Milpas Street businesses could soon be razed and replaced with a brand-new Longs Drugstore. The new store — which would be the fifth Longs on the South Coast — would occupy about 39,000 square feet. No construction date has been set, and the matter need not be considered by the City Council or the Planning Commission, but only by the Architectural Board of Review. Businesses slated to be removed along with Whitefoot — which has been in business there for 38 years — are La Gloria Taquería, Panadería Verónica bakery, Milpas Nails and Spa, Mariscos Boca de Río Restaurant, and Al’s Cleaners.
Raytheon Corporation announced it will relocate Santa Barbara Remote Sensing to El Segundo. Remote Sensing is one of the corporation’s three Goleta-based businesses; it employs 250 people working primarily on civil space technology, according to Raytheon’s Goleta spokesperson. It is relocating to work more closely with other centers of space sensor systems. Raytheon’s Electronic Warfare Systems and Vision Systems — defense industry contractors employing a total of 1,600 people — will remain in Goleta. Raytheon’s three Goleta businesses contributed $500 million in revenue to the parent corporation, which reported worldwide sales of $21.9 billion in 2005.
Esau’s Coffee Shop at 421 State Street — one of Santa Barbara’s iconic greasy spoons — is officially going out of business this Sunday after serving abundant breakfasts and lunches for the past 52 years. Owner Scott Stanley said he’s going out of business because he could not negotiate a new lease with landlord Abe Safina. Safina has declined to discuss the matter. Stanley — who has owned the business for 28 years — said Safina is acting out of pure spite. “When we go, he’s going to paper up the windows and it’s going to just sit like that,” he said. “I could understand if he had other plans, but he doesn’t.” Stanley said he even joined the Elks Lodge — to which Safina belongs — to enlist the support of Safina’s fellow Elks members. Apparently, it backfired, with Safina reportedly telling Stanley, “It’s time for a change down there, Mr. Esau.” Stanley will keep the Carpinteria Esau’s open, and has talked about the possibility of relocating elsewhere on State Street.
It appears the bitter battle and family feud surrounding one of Santa Barbara’s most beloved eating establishments may be on the way to resolution. The controversy began when Pascucci’s expanded to Goleta’s Camino Real Marketplace in mid- 2005. The Goleta Pascucci’s was opened by Paula Ferguson and her husband — the sister and brother-in-law of original Pascucci’s owner Laura Knight — and filed for bankruptcy this past winter after incurring $1.1 million in debt. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Barbara ruled last month that the newer Pascucci’s location may no longer use the Pascucci name in order to resume its lease.