Restaurant slated to open Spring 2020
Vinyl Mesa Burger signs went up at the old Coast Village Road Coffee Bean over the last few weeks. Officials confirmed burger chain is coming to Coast Village Road in Spring 2020.
“Right now we’ve submitted all our building permits and we’re waiting for approval to get there and see what we need to do,” said General Manager Pixie Saavedra of the upcoming renovations during a phone interview on Wednesday.
“We’re very excited. We’ve always wanted to come to Montecito ever since we opened our first restaurant. We have a strong following there. Right now we have supporters come to our Meigs (Road) location; this will allow us to be closer to them and better serve the community,” said Ms. Saavedra.
She added that the menu will be the same as the other Mesa Burger locations on Meigs Road and Marketplace Drive in Goleta. The new restaurant will be staffed by a combination Mesa Burger veterans from other locations and new hires.
“Your biggest fear when you open a new location is to lose quality. I’m not going to allow that to happen….it’s going to be a mix of people from our other locations and training new staff,” she said.
The original Mesa Burger opened on Meigs Road January 2017 to overwhelmingly positive reviews and customer response. The chain came to Goleta in May. Celebrity chef Cat Cora owns the chain with co-owner Chris Chiarappa.
Several burgers on the menu have names reflecting the Santa Barbara locale, beginning with the basic Mesa Burger and offering more exotic choices such as the Montecito. A patty topped griddled goat cheese, bourbon-glazed mushroom, house onion ring, truffle aioli, arugula and grilled onions.
The Funk Zone, Hope Ranch, Mesa and Shoreline are all represented on the menu.
In May a report commissioned by Santa Barbara City Council found Coast Village Road vacancies dropped under five percent, their lowest rate since the Montecito debris flow.
The Coast Village Road Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf closed permanently after its last service on May 19.