For those who frequent Santa Barbara, you have doubtlessly tried the famous Tupelo Junction Cafe there. Known for its kitchen and their dog-friendly environment, the prime location in Santa Barbara closed exactly one week ago today, presumably so that the owner could focus on her shop in Newport, as she is a Corona del Mar resident.
The kitchen and bus staff are going to remain the same as the old Porch, but the front-of-house including the waitresses and bartenders will be new faces all around– all filled from those experienced with local establishments in Newport such as Dory Deli, 333, and local establishments in CdM.
The menu will be virtually identical to the old Santa Barbara Tupelo Junction with the exception of the Happy Hour menu, which is a new addition to the Newport location. They will be open 9am to 9pm for food (happy hour 3-6pm), and will stay open until 11 for those who choose to imbibe. (There is currently smoking on the patio out back, which seems to be a big question for that location.)
While work on the inside has whitewashed the walls and cleaned the place up quite a bit, work will continue to “liven the place up” over the coming weeks and months.
Staff from the Porch can be found at Blackies, The Dock, Aurora– and I am sure others that I am missing (comment with those locations below, please!)
You can see the on-location videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0lLX8vb_-M
And photos of the menus, below: