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All-you-can-eat shrimp at all-you-can-eat weights – for $ 44 a month. The old Sizzler building in the old town of Goleta is now the AREA 44 gymnasium.
Chad Brown, from El Segundo, opened the gym in October. He has just married and settled in the region.
âGoleta is awesome,â Brown said.
AREA stands for Aggressive Resistance Exercise Association, and the gym is offering new memberships for $ 44 per month for the first 200 members, through the end of 2021. No contracts are involved. Personal training sessions are available at an additional cost.
The gymnasium includes weight machines, resistance exercises, heavy balls, and a variety of training and aerobic equipment. Brown said the gym has something for everyone, whether they’re an elite athlete or someone just trying to lose weight or build endurance. Gym coaches will develop an individualized plan for those who register.
âIt’s not just heavy equipment,â Brown said. “It’s also functional for thinking outside the box.”
Brown, a former athlete, is also a certified trainer.
âIf you’re looking for a place to fully understand what fitness can be like and have fun, this is the place,â Brown said. “It’s a family style gym.”
The building is located at 5555 Hollister Ave. in Goleta. The space housed the Sizzler Restaurant, before it closed in 2012. The building has housed other businesses, including the Butler Events Center, over the years.
Aloha at the new entertainment center?
While no one is quite sure when, apparently, the San Jose-based Aloha Fun Center is opening an entertainment center inside the old Macy’s building in Paseo Nuevo in Santa Barbara.
The center will include a laser beacon, roller skating, an arcade and “good vibes”.
We don’t know when the place will open. Efforts to contact the owner for further details were unsuccessful.
According to Instagram, Aloha Fun Center is hosting a hiring fair on Saturday, with “compensation based on experience.” Junior associate jobs start at $ 15 an hour, according to the social media post. Jobs include skate guards, skate instructors, a DJ host, assistant general manager and shift supervisors.
âAloha Fun Center is a growing family entertainment center in the Bay Area,â according to its Instagram post. “We strive to bring fun and enjoyment to people of all ages. We love our community and continue to develop it.”
The job fair announcement states: âWalk-in people are welcome. Hiring locally â.
According to Mary Lynn Harms-Romo, senior director of marketing for Paseo Nuevo shopping center, the company will occupy the first floor of the building.
âIt’s a great use for this building that will give families something new and fun to do downtown,â said Harms-Romo.
Original Habit Burger Vend
The remaining eight independent Habit Burger restaurants have been sold to Yum! Brands. (Photo by Jade Martinez-Pogue / Noozhawk)
Yum! Brands will take ownership of the eight remaining independent Habit Burger restaurants on March 1, according to a press release.
Yum! Brands, a publicly traded company that owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, bought the other 300 Habit stores in a deal worth $ 375 million in 2020.
Until now, the Reichard family had retained ownership of the eight sites.
Brent Reichard and his brother, Bruce, expanded from Goleta to Santa Barbara and then nationwide. The original restaurant was founded in Old Town Goleta, at 5735 Hollister Ave.
The restaurant is known for its old-fashioned milkshakes, charburgers, onion rings and generous portions of fries.
National Habit Burger Grill operates nearly 300 company-owned and franchise restaurants in the United States and China.
âI will miss working with all of our amazing team members and am very proud of all of their hard work and commitment to taking care of our customers every day,â said Brent Reichard in a prepared statement. “I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a lot of great people and really enjoying what a great trip this has been.”
State Street restaurant and bar closed
Project Corazon Cocina & Bar has closed permanently.
The concept, located at 214 State St. in Santa Barbara, closed its doors for good in November.
âIt is with great pleasure that we would like to thank everyone for the incredible support we have received over the past two years,â the company said on Instagram. âWe hope we have brightened up some of your darker days with some delicious food during the pandemic. COVID won this one! “
The company is still present in the Santa Barbara public market.
Santa Barbara was quick to close State Street to cars and allow alfresco dining. The move boosted restaurants in and near Block 500, but also moved some of the traffic away from restaurants in the lower blocks.
The restaurant opened in July 2019 and is committed to serving high quality ‘elevated’ Mexican cuisine, with an emphasis on tacos, mescal tequila and beer.