Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Wine Cask Completes Courtyard Renovations

It's interesting that I am getting press announcements from restaurants now. Since the historical El Paseo has some significance to many of us interested in Santa Barbara history and my family -- I thought this might be an interesting bit -- Sara

Santa Barbara, California - May 27, 2008 - The Wine Cask is proud to announce the completion of a restoration of its courtyard to recreate conditions as they existed in 1926.

The Wine Cask has expended the time, energy, and money required to restore the landscape of its courtyard in order to bring authenticity and historical integrity to El Paseo. Shrubs, spices, and flowers mimic the courtyard as it was in 1926. The fountain has been rebuilt authentically as depicted in vintage photos.

With the help of historian Alexandra Cole and landscaper Bob Cunningham the courtyard can now truly be called historical. Moreover, it is now pleasant and comfortable for guests to enjoy their dining experience. We invite you to come by and have a champagne toast to the Wine Cask and Santa Barbara and its quest for excellence in wine, food, and service.


Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

They "restored" the historic courtyard by planting a 30-yr. old eucalyptus tree in the corner?

They are plugging a remedial action to comply with a zoning violation and pretending it is not a mandated fix.

I really like the ending bit about how they invite people to come and buy their overpriced wine to toast them for complying with the law.

5/29/2008 9:16 AM  
Anonymous pearl's girl said...

No mention of the historic tree they cut down, and how they cold have cared less about historical integrity until the public outcry over their insensitivity toward the property and they got caught. That's why the pr flacks get the big bucks--to gloss over the facts and spin the story at all costs.

5/29/2008 10:25 AM  
Anonymous A petard is not a tree said...

It is offensive to post this publicity screed in support of a carpet bagger who immediately trashed this site and only had to be dragged kicking and screaming by the law to "restore" this site. If his food is as bad as his fake "good" intentions, I say no go.

Does the new owner think we don't (1) read, (2) remember, and (3) hold grudges?

5/29/2008 7:12 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Wow! Offensive and Carpet Bagger in the same comment and we aren't even talking about an election? LOL

I didn't know the background on this one at all or even that there was a new owner -- thanks for the heads up and are there any rebuttals from anyone? I usually know about this kind of thing but this one passed me completely by...although I, too, thought the press release was worded strangely.

5/29/2008 10:03 PM  
Anonymous jcm said...

Sara, you may have missed this one because it was a huge front page issue on the News Press some time ago (Sept. 20, 2007). The noble citizens, led by history-loving attorney John Woodward took the matter to the HLC, and was joined by Council Member Dale Francisco, and civic treasure Kellam De Forest, all of whom expressed their displeasure with the FACT that the Wine Cask had been told TWICE by Don Sharpe of the HLC not to cut down the 60-year-old centerpiece tree. The Trust for Historic Preservation also met with the Wine Cask over this issue. The cut it down anyway. This happened around the neighborhors were protesting the time the massacre of trees occurred at the apartment complex on Anapamu, without permits or permission. So forgive all of us if we're not too anxious to return to the historic courtyard--they were FORCED to restore it.

5/30/2008 7:45 AM  
Anonymous christine! said...

Lets hope this guy never makes it to the Chumash Hiway- imagine what "good" he could do here in the SY Valley!

Thank God Fess and Marcy (did I just say that?) kept their restaurant, instead of letting this loser into Los Olivos.

5/30/2008 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Let them eat fakes said...

Why does this sound so L.A.?

Someone comes and ignores not only the law but a raft of local sensabilities, and then wants not only a pat on the back but our local business as well. No way.

If there was a business to boycott, this one is prime example. Let him get his business from the L.A. crowd who don't care. But he will never get mine.

There is too much competition at far better prices and settings than to patronize this place that thinks this late in the game they can patronize us.

Welcome to Santa Barbara.

5/30/2008 6:21 PM  

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