Les Marchands Restaurant and Wine Shop, the Funk Zone spot where one can savor lemon brined fried chicken with one of the more than 80 types of wine, will soon close its doors.
But Acme Hospitality, the group behind the venue, has more up its sleeve. After Les Marchands closes, another Acme concept rolls out October at the same venue, 131 Anacapa St.
Acme also owns other well-known spots in Santa Barbara, including Helena Avenue Bakery, Lucky Penny and Loquita.
When asked if operating costs had anything to do with Les Marchands closing its doors, the hospitality group’s managing partner and owner Sherry Villanueva said, “Acme was founded with an entrepreneurial spirit that drives all that we do. (It’s) that principle that led us to make a decision for change.”
After six years of operating, Les Marchands will go out with a bang. Acme has a month of celebrations scheduled, including a return of the Follies Drag Brunch and a White Party Dinner Show featuring rock artist Tina Schlieske. Anyone interested in attending the events can head over to the restaurant or Nightout.com to make reservations.
For the next few weeks, Les Marchands will have abbreviated hours. Those who are loyal customers of Les Marchands should stay tuned for Acme’s announcement regarding its next concept in the Funk Zone.
Acme spokeswoman Jannis Swerman said all employees working at Les Marchands will be offered jobs at other Acme properties. Chef Weston Richards and Sous Chef Collin Wade will remain with the company.