5 New Reasons to Eat in Santa Barbara
by LA Weekly Magazine
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“A third new restaurant to open recently in the Funk Zone, the Nook is the eat to Lama Dog Tap Room’s drink. Bright and airy, long communal tables fill the refurbished shipping container, and there’s a patio, too, that’s perfect for pets. It’s just one of the community gathering spots inside 120 Santa Barbara Street’s Waterline, an industrial warehouse that’s been freshly re-envisioned as a place for food, beer, wine and an artisan collective.”
Exciting stuff to see our local eateries getting some out of town coverage! We hope to continue this trend with some upcoming projects, stay tuned.
More coverage of our Waterline project in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone
Check it out here as Noozhawk covers the opening of the Guilded Table Artist Collective which shares the space with Lama Dog Tap Room, The Nook, Topa Topa Brewery and Fox Wine Co.
The Guilded Table is a place for artisans and artists to create their work within the Funk Zone. We that this support of the arts community is a critical component of the fabric of the community and helps to maintain the authenticity that draws so many people to the Funk Zone. I hope you have a chance to come and check out the popular space at 120 Santa Barbara St, stay for a drink and some food!
We’ve been visiting the construction site of our Santa Barbara Mesa Beach House design and wanted to share a few photos of the progress.
Below you can see the stages of construction that have happened over the course of a few months.
beach house foundation and existing house
Above you can see the portion of the existing house that remains and the formwork for the foundations of the addition. The addition is happening mainly in the front yard so access hasn’t been a problem.
beach house foundation
After the foundation and slab were poured and cured the framers start their work on the ground floor. Below you can see the corner window element and the how all the structure works together to achieve this.
beach house corner window
The next time we visited they had the second floor framing underway and the start of the roof framing. The project seems like it goes at warp speed during this phase and suddenly the form of the house is apparent.
beach house second floor view
We always knew that there would be a ocean view but you never really know until you get up there. In this case what a great surprise to find beautiful views looking out toward the channel islands from the master bedroom.
Here is the current view of the project from the street, quite a change for this little house. Check back in for more photos soon!
Some kind words about our latest creation in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone The Nook and Chef Norbert are featured in this months 805 Living. Its great to see Norbert and his crew getting the recognition they deserve, they are consistently putting out great innovative food like lobster mac’n cheese (my kids favorite). When you pair this great food with the beer and wine options provided by Lama Dog you have a combination that is hard to beat, a fact that many people agree with judging by the crowds! The Waterline will be adding Topa Topa Brewing and a wine tasting room for Blair Fox Wines in the next few months!
Photo by Paul Wellman
Here’s a little article on a very cool wine import and retail company that we helped to get their facility up and going! We hope they continue to grow and expand. Thanks to Ashley & Vance Engineering for the help
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“Industry Wine Merchant is designed to function like a “bespoke ordering system,” in which Trupiano and Erickson will begin to learn their customers’ tastes and budget. But it must go both ways to work. “We want them to get to know our palates just like we’ve gotten to know our importers’ palates,” said Trupiano.
Currently, they offer more than 300 selections, though both would like to grow that number past 1,000 in the years to come. They have both extreme luxury offerings, such as the $2,500 Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru 2009, as well as great values, such as $15 Chablis from Christophe et Fils and $16 Malat Grüner Veltliner from Austria.”
The travel publisher, Matador Network includes The Water Line, The Nook and Lama Dog Bottle and Tap Room in one of the must visit spots in Santa Barbara! Check it out below! Then head down to the Funk Zone and enjoy some great food and drinks!
16 unforgettable moments you’ll experience in Santa Barbara, CA
“The Waterline, located in the Funk Zone, is a one-stop shop for enjoying Santa Barbara’s local merchants and artisans. Start your afternoon at Topa Topa Brewing or Lama Dog for some of Santa Barbara’s best craft beers, then head to Nook for a late lunch or dinner — try their rockfish soft tacos, seafood burgers, or purple potato waffles with fried chicken. You can walk off your meal by checking out the talent at The Guilded Table, an artist collective with tons of private studios and a large common space where artists, craftspeople, photographers, jewelers, and designers come together to collaborate and share their work with the public.
The best part? The team at the Waterline works together to make their various tasting and dining menus cohesive and complementary, so going from spicy jidori chicken wings to a strong IPA makes perfect sense.”
Phase one of The Waterline project opened in May of 2016 which includes an eatery The Nook and Lama Dog taproom and bottle shop. The two businesses share a portion of two old warehouse buildings located at 116 and 120 Santa Barbara Street in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara.
So far the public response has been overwhelming and these projects have been featured in the following publications.
Waterline Project Rises in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone with Collection of Beer, Wine, Food and Art
For us at KMA the payoff for us is seeing our clients successfully open their business and exceed even their best projections. We couldn’t be happier for them and it has been great seeing them thrive. It’s important that customers are attracted to the space that we have created but it’s equally significant when our clients are excited to work In the kitchen or behind the bar. Recently, in an interview, Norbert – 30+ year veteran to the restaurant world – was quoted as saying “This is the first really happy place I’ve worked in a long time,” which to us is all we can hope to create.
I’d like to think one reason for this happiness is the way we positioned the kitchen and created transparency to allow Norbert to see the customers reactions and to allow the customers to see the action on the cook line. Additionally a mix of ages young and old sitting together at the communal table or the wide open bar creates a richer experience for everyone. We’ve had many people tell us that “it just feels good in here.” The energy of the customers and Pete’s and Norbert’s love of their craft mixes to create a space where everyone wants to be and come back for more. We hope you have had a chance to visit and try The Nook and Lama Dog, let us know what you think!
photo by John Goodman
Our Mesa beach shack project is underway!
Demolition started and the excavator made quick work of the old garage. Next the contractor will be laying out the new foundation and the real work begins. We are excited to see this house come together over the next months, follow us on facebook and instagram to see more photos as it progresses.
View From Street
We are very excited to announce that The Nook and Lama Dog tap room are now open in Santa Barbara’s funk zone! This is the first phase of a larger project called The Waterline which will include adding several more exciting tenants to the building later this summer. We even have a bit of local news coverage, see more here
The reaction has been incredible, it’s been packed with excited beer lovers and foodies there to sample the food being prepared by Master Chef Norbert Schultz in The Nook. We couldn’t be happier for our clients and have enjoyed seeing them open with such overwhelming success. We have also been able to sample a few of the items on the menu as well as a few of the many beers on tap, we will be back for more.
Here’s a shot with more detail of the shipping container kitchen for The Nook you can see some of the amazing dishes available. Below is a shot of the bar area just prior to opening day
Lama Dog Interior
If you have a chance please go check it out and let us know what you think!
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Check out the latest photos from our Santa Barbara Funk Zone restaurant progress!
Lama Dog and The Nook
The exterior is not far away from being complete, the doors and windows are in and the new siding is being prepared for installation. We have selected cedar siding with a charred finish as an accent around the outdoor bar. This is a traditional Japanese practice called Shou Sugi Ban, which is created by charring the wood with a large propane torch. Below you can see the variety of finishes that this technique can impart. We are very excited to see this installed and finished it will be a very unique element.
The interiors are well on their way as well. All the framing is complete and drywall is going up, electrical lines are in and lighting is ready for installation.
Check back in and we should have some more images of the siding installed and the shipping container being installed for the kitchen area!