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Friday, November 17, 2006 

The New Kid on the Restaurant Block

Well...not really "new" as Fresco has been around for quite some time. But, it's newest spot is where the old Citronelle used to be located at the Santa Barbara Inn. I'm looking forward to hanging out in the new spot. It's interesting that both Jill and her husband, Mark Brouillard, used to work for Michel Richard at his Citronelle before they left to start their own venture, Fresco, and Richard packed up Citronelle and headed for D.C. Seems that the Brouillard's have proven that perhaps you CAN go cook at home again.

The newest, or in this case the "mew-ist" restaurant to hit the Santa Barbara Scene will be The Hungry Cat, of Hollywood fame stretching it's claws up to the downtown area. There is still butcher paper in the windows, but the opening is scheduled to be next month. It will be interesting to see what they will do with the place, it is a tad on the smallish side, but it is co-owned by Suzanne Goin of Lucques (and recently of Top Chef) so let's see if one can manage to squeeze in at any time for a little tasty treat.

Opentable.com...you listening? I'll be needing an easy way to schedule my noshings at these two places.

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