Hot Spots

Paul Wellman

Hot Spots

Hot Spots Warmed Over

Shuttered Coffee Shop Reopens After Development Stalls

A neighborhood revival in the Funk Zone has started to polish lower State Street, and the reopening of Hot Spots (36 State St., 845-3371) will likely serve as an inspiration for the refurbishment. The coffee shop and tourist center discontinued services more than four years ago, but doors opened for business again in mid March. Serving a number of popular Caribbean Coffee flavors from Vanilla Nut to Hair Raiser, the beverage stop will cater to both locals and tourists. Out-of-town guests will be able to stop by the information center to grab brochures on restaurants and activities, use the pay-by-the-minute Internet stations, and explore a touch screen virtual tourist kiosk courtesy of the Santa Barbara Visitors Center. Wi-Fi Internet access is also available to customers looking for a comfortable neighborhood place to enjoy their caffeine pick-up. Debbie’s Delights pastries and bagels from Isla Vista Bagel Company are served daily to enjoy in the spacious interior or outdoor patio.

Hot Spots

36 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
805-564-1637. More Info

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