PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 12, 2015


Brasil Arts Cafe has been serving the highest quality authentic home cooked Brazilian
food, drinks and açai bowls on State Street for two wonderful years and despite
enormous customer loyalty face possible closure.
So many restaurants and small music venues have been closing and the Brasil Arts
Cafe is struggling with many of the same difficult conditions. Owners Daniel and
Jennifer Yoshimi have been amazed at how many Santa Barbara residents have rallied
around them over the last few weeks by coming out to try fresh new specials, discounts,
and rent rally events, hoping to help this unique Brazilian establishment stay open.
The Brasil Arts Cafe (BAC) is not only Santa Barbara’s only Brazilian restaurant it is a
hub for the arts and one of the last few small alternative musical and performance
venues in Santa Barbara. For those readers unacquainted with the Brasil Arts Cafe
(BAC) the space includes a 1200 square foot studio that hosts dance companies that
include 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,
and Zumba with Brady Hill.
BAC has also been home for to many SoCal and local musicians including Teka, Randy
Tico, Miguel Leon, Zephan, Montecito Jazz Project, DJ Fab, DJ Chadillac, in a town
where it is almost impossible for local musicians to find small venues. They have also
staged numerous fundraisers including Lucidity Music Festival and others. And soccer
fans know that BAC has been hands down the best place to watch World Cup Soccer.
Daniel Yoshimi is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and has always taken pride in his Brazilian
heritage by sharing with the SB community his Capoeira school (Brazilian martial arts)
that has been a favorite of adults and children alike since 2000. He is a First Level
Mestre and draws students from up and down the California Coast. Jennifer and Daniel
met at a Martial arts event and have two beautiful daughters. Having lost their home in
the Tea Fire in 2008, they’ve put their lives into creating this unique cultural space in
Santa Barbara.
For the last two weekends they’ve been overwhelmed by the community for support but
are still facing difficult odds. They welcome any suggestions and ideas to improve their
operation and have received some great community advice.
But the Brasil Arts Cafe needs your help now! They are hoping to work with their
landlord and the community at large to keep this jewel of a restaurant in business.


Jennifer Yoshimi

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