Quick history lesson:
In 1871, Barbareño Judge R.B. Ord went to Mexico and tried a strange fruit the natives there called called ahuacatl, meaning “testicles” in the Aztec language. Despite the odd name and the funny appearance, he fell in love with the rich flavor and creamy texture of the fruit. He figured southern California offered a similar climate, so he decided to try his hand at growing this fruit back home. He got three little saplings from the Mexicans and a few weeks later planted them on a small patch at the corner of his property in what is now downtown Santa Barbara. With these three trees, Santa Barbara became home to the first avocados in America.
Why are we bringing this up? Well, we’ve got our location pretty much set, and it turns out Barbareño is slated to open at the exact spot where Judge Ord planted those three avocado trees, at the South corner of De La Vina and Canon Perdido streets. Currently, D’Vine Cafe operates at this location, serving tasty sandwiches, burgers, and salads. There really couldn’t be a more fitting location to bring our vision to life and celebrate the food traditions of California and the Central Coast. We can’t wait to get to work at our new home, and hope we’ll do the site’s great history justice.
closing in on calling this spot our own