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Brown Pelican Set to Fly Away

An era will come to a close this week-end, as the Brown Pelican Restaurant-nestled sandside at Arroyo Burro Beach for the past 25 years-is set to serve its final meal on Sunday, November 25. A purveyor of beachfront breakfasts, sunset cocktails, and classic California dinner cuisine, the Pelican’s long-term lease with the County of Santa Barbara-which was not renewed this past fall-is set to expire at the end of the year, forcing the family-run business to close its doors.

Talented Chefs Keep Santa Barbara Kitchens Creative

With a new cooking reality show popping up virtually every week on television, a Whole Foods coming soon to upper State Street, and interest in cooking and greenmarkets at an all-time high, we decided to take a look inside the workings of two of the most happening restaurants in town-Downey’s, a Santa Barbara institution, and the Hungry Cat, a new restaurant started by a celebrity-chef couple from Los Angeles and run by some young potential rising stars in the Santa Barbara culinary firmament. George Yatchisin sat down with John and Liz Downey to discuss their legendary restaurant’s 25th anniversary, while Charles Donelan chased the crew from the Hungry Cat through the Farmers Market and then ate the consequences.

Bean Counting

When Dan Randall first started coffee roasting 15 years ago, it was with one intention-to create the kind of gourmet, organic coffee he loved. His girlfriend at the time was unimpressed. “She didn’t like my stuff,” Randall said recently. “Her idea of a good cup of coffee was Farmer Brothers. If it didn’t taste like a brown paper bag brewed through a gym sock, she didn’t like it.”

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