In Santa Barbara’s tumultuous restaurant world, surviving 20 years is nothing less than a small miracle. But Los Arroyos Downtown has nearly reached that milestone.
The restaurant founded by Tony Arroyo and Maria Arroyo is entering its 20th year, and has flourished as one of Santa Barbara’s most well-known and popular Mexican restaurants.
To celebrate the anniversary, Los Arroyos is offering a $6 menu at the downtown location only on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant first opened March 4, 1999.
The Arroyos first opened the restaurant at 18 W. Figueroa Street, which is now the site of Norton’s Deli. However, the restaurant quickly outgrew the space, and after two years expanded to the two spaces next door, at 14 W. Figueroa Street.
Los Arroyos now runs five stores — in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Camarillo and in Carmel, Indiana. Los Arroyos also plans an opening in Solvang in June.
“We are very excited to be entering our 20th year of business,” said Maria Rickard Arroyo, director of marketing and public relations. “It is a true blessing to serve our community the best homemade Mexican food.”
The $6 items include:
» Chicken Burrito Mojado $6
» Tony’s Chicken Alambres $6
» Maria’s Chicken Enchiladas $6
» Diego’s Nachos $6
Kirkland’s Home Decor has opened its newest location in Santa Maria at 645 E. Betteravia Road. The store is the first in Santa Barbara County, but the company has 26 around the state.
The 7,500-square-foot store offers home décor accents including pillows, lighting, art and wall décor, furniture, gifts and more.
“At Kirkland’s, we bring together great style and great value, and want to surprise and delight our customers with unexpected finds and creative inspiration throughout the store,” said Vice President of Stores Michelle Graul. “We look forward to becoming part of the Santa Maria community and want to help everyone find their next home décor treasure.”
The store plans a grand opening celebration Saturday.
The first 25 shoppers in line at 9 a.m. when the store opens will receive an exclusive gift bag, and the store will hold three furniture raffles throughout the day, according to a news release.
HomeGoods, an off-price home décor retailer, plans to a new store in Santa Maria. It will open at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Enos Ranch Center, 765 E. Betteravia Road.
HomeGoods says it offers “high quality” merchandise at prices significantly less than department and specialty stores.
“Our shopping experience is unlike any other retailer; our amazing values, designer brands and unique assortment make HomeGoods an exciting destination for shoppers,” said John Ricciuti, president of HomeGoods. “We are thrilled to provide Santa Maria shoppers with this exhilarating shopping experience.”
The Santa Maria store is expected to fill about 65 full- and part-time positions.
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