Tacos to Goa, but Confetti is Early on State Street?

A business has to sell many, many tacos to pay a triple-net lease on State Street these days.

However, one artistic pop-up has decided to start moving around confetti a few months early.

Ana’s Tacos on the 500 block is being sold for $189,000, while Goa Taco on the 700 block of State Street is relocating and selling for just $40,950. Goa tacos actually are much larger and more expensive than Ana’s and most others around town.

Meanwhile, Italy-based artist Lara Favaretto is exhibiting one of her works that consists of colorful confetti being blown around by fans inside a vacant storefront on the 900 block of State Street.

A sign on the window says the artist is from Turin and is exhibiting for the first time on the West Coast of the United States. The exhibit was curated by Abaseh Mirvali, executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.


Favaretto’s confetti is scheduled to be in place until April 28 when preparations will almost be ready for cascarones, or colorful empty egg shells brimming with confetti, to be cracked over the heads of Summer Solstice parade watchers.

Yes, the parade is just a few months away …

Meanwhile, the city council Feb. 13 approved a plan to allow Paseo Nuevo Owners LLC to spend some $20 million to shore of the 30-year-old, sagging outdoor mall, despite the national trend toward mall minimization. The plan does not affect the old Macy’s building nor Nordstrom’s, which is rumored to be closing at some point.

Speaking of pop-ups, Paseo Nuevo has been the scene of many short-lived enterprises, such as a shop that made life-size bubbles and another that made shaved ice cones. They are gone. Again, you have to sell a lot of …

Paseo Nuevo greased the wheels of the plan approval by agreeing to donate $200,000 to help the homeless, and five years from now assume annual payments of Parking and Business Improvement Area assessments of up to $300,000.

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