UPDATED: Shaker Mill Shakes Up Lower State Street

A couple of too-long vacant restaurants spots on lower State Street are open for business, just about.

After some four years, the former India House space at 418 state St. is occupied by Shaker Mill, a Cuba-style bar with is Cubaneo kitchen.

From the same proprietors of the Good Lion near the Granada Theater, Shaker Mill serves up a “Hemingway Daiquiri Royale,” apparently in tribute to author Ernest Heminway, who used to go fishing near Old Havana and tie his little boat up near a bar there to have a few mojitos.

Shaker Mill’s menu is somewhat like traditional Cuban food with a lot of pork and platanos, or bananas, and the usual yucca, which is widely served on the Caribbean island. 

The drink menu does include a “Cuba Libre,” an icy cola and rum drink with a lime.

The beer brewer Modern Times reportedly has plans on bringing its wares up to the rear of Shaker Mill and open another kitchen in the back of the building. Modern Times has made several efforts to enter the Santa Barbara market, but has been dissuaded by the city until now.

Elsewhere on State Street, the former Cadiz restaurant spot at 509 State St. has become Alito’s, the new lower State Street project by Mollie’s restaurant owner Ali Ahlstrand.

After a somewhat false start earlier this month, Alito’s appears ready to start serving Mexican cuisine, but as of the evening of March 30, its doors were closed.

Both Alito’s and Shaker Mill appear to soon become popular night spots on the already busy lower end of the county’s most visible commercial corridor. Both restaurants have street-side patios.

Nearby, the former Aaron Bros. store at the corner of State and Cota streets has some kind of new tenant called “House of Clues.”

Thehouseofclues.com website indicates ii offers “escape room games,” such as “Escape from the Ghost Pirate Ship.” More to come on that.

Not far off State Street on Carrillo Boulevard and De la Vina Street, the building that houses the Cuernavaca Taqueria, Mel’s Lounge and Jenny Shatzle, also known as Bond Fitness, is for sale for $3.2 million.

The nearly 7,000-square-foot building is on a 14,810-square-foot parcel. Lee & Associates is handling the deal.

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