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Monday, December 28, 2009 

You've heard it through the Grapevine (Fine Food Market)

With paper covering their windows and a little 8 1/2" x 11" yellow sign posted up saying that they have been kicked out by their landlords because they couldn't pay the full amount of the rent, Grapevine Fine Food Market at 126 East Canon Perdido has "left the (historic) building."

Their website states:

"Due to unforeseen circumstances dealing with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation we are forced to close our doors. Come back soon for the details."

Apparently, they will be updating their Facebook page.

To be honest, I never really got into the Grapevine "vibe"...I couldn't get past the cartons of "organic" OJ imported from Russia. Importing OJ from so far away when we have amazing fruit right here in Santa Barbara?! Trust me....I spent most of Sunday helping pick 10,000-12,000 lbs. of mandarins from an orchard here locally that would have rotted on the trees. Wouldn't it be better to use local excess fruit than enlarging their carbon footprint over the ability to use the term "organic?"

Grapevine Fine Food Market
Flickr photo uploaded by rosidae.

I wish Charotte, Claudette, and Viktor well in their next culinary adventure. We all could use a little good luck these days.

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The Grapevine did have good soups -- something that is pretty rare downtown. I still miss that soup place on Figueroa where Los Arroyos is now.

It was a nice little store but not something that I thought could make it. But what confused me was that this was supposed to be some sort of museum or historical society but instead became a commercial establishment?? How does that work?

I agree with the second Anonymous post about Grapevine being "a nice little store but..." As to the "musueum", half of the building known as- Jimmy's Oriental Gardens- will become a museum to illustrate Santa Barbara's historic Asian community, the other half was intended to be rented out commercially to help with the cost of purchasing the property by the SB Trust for Historic Preservation and ongoing maintenance of the property. I'm looking forward to the opening of the museum in 2010.

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