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The Habit inks international expansion deal

By   /  Wednesday, January 7th, 2015  /  Latest news, Restaurants, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on The Habit inks international expansion deal

The Habit Burger Grill is headed to the Middle East, and maybe beyond. On Jan. 7, The Habit Restaurants Inc., the chain’s parent company, served up its first international franchise agreement with Food Quest Restaurant Management for the development of up to 50 new Habit restaurants. The agreement will put locations in six countries in the Read More →

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Safeway to pay $9.9M after environmental probe

By   /  Monday, January 5th, 2015  /  Latest news, Law, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Safeway to pay $9.9M after environmental probe

The agreement comes as Safeway is clearing the final regulatory hurdles to its sale to rival Albertsons.

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Economy will strengthen, experts say

By   /  Friday, January 2nd, 2015  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Economy will strengthen, experts say

Despite the optimism from nostalgic gas prices and an encouraging unemployment rate, issues including lack of water, troubled global economy, and looming interest hikes still threaten the Tri-Counties’ 2015 economic outlook.

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Santa Barbara stock promoter charged with fraud

By   /  Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Latest news, Law, Personal Finance, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara stock promoter charged with fraud

The SEC alleges that instead of purchasing the shares in the secondary market as promised, Efstratios “Elias” Argyropoulos and his firm Prima Capital Group misappropriated investor funds.

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Caffeinated growth: French Press to open in Goleta

By   /  Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014  /  Latest news, Real Estate, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Caffeinated growth: French Press to open in Goleta

French Press owners Julia and Todd Mayer opened their first location in downtown Santa Barbara in 2009.

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Kimpton sold to UK hotel group in $430M deal, Miramar delayed

By   /  Tuesday, December 16th, 2014  /  Latest news, Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Kimpton sold to UK hotel group in $430M deal, Miramar delayed

The deal is touted as a move to accelerate growth of the new company’s brands in the U.S., particularly in Europe and Asia, where demand for boutique brands is on the rise.

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Former Raytheon property in Goleta sells for $2.8M

By   /  Monday, December 15th, 2014  /  Latest news, Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Former Raytheon property in Goleta sells for $2.8M

Once home to aerospace and defense firm Raytheon, the industrial building at 5756 Thornwood Drive in Goleta has new owners, and improvements are on the way.

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