Bar 29 Sweeps into Former Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara

Release Date: January 26,2017

Bar 29 at 1134 Chapala St. is the first full restaurant concept from Kourtney and Phil Wright, who also own Whiskey Richards and The Sportsman. Bar 29 at 1134 Chapala St. is the first full restaurant concept from Kourtney and Phil Wright, who also own Whiskey Richards and The Sportsman. (Sam Goldman / Noozhawk photo)
 
 

Kourtney and Phil Wright wasted no time opening their first restaurant concept.

Los Angeles-based Hungry Cat served its last meal at 1134 Chapala St. around Christmas, and the Wrights’ Bar 29 opened for business on Jan. 18.

The Wrights are well-versed in the Santa Barbara bar and lounge scene with their Whiskey Richards at 435 State St. and The Sportsman at 20 W. Figueroa St., and they’ve brought 29 cocktails, wine by the glass and beer on tap to their latest establishment.

“Because the businesses that we had were cocktail-only with no food, we noted the trend toward people wanting to eat and drink at the same time,” Kourtney Wright said. “We were ready to do something else.”

On the menu are small plates of “elevated bar food” that include deviled eggs, poutine, polenta with short ribs, wagyu beef sliders and rum raisin rice pudding.

“It’s been amazing,” Wright said. “We have been really proud of the food and drinks and the staff.”

The restaurant’s name comes from the atomic number of copper: 29.

The bar where patrons sit was already copper, Wright said, and during the one month the location was dark, they removed and replaced the whole back bar with copper.

“It feels very L.A., San Francisco, big city,” she said.

 

Noozhawk staff writer Sam Goldman can be reached at sgoldman@noozhawk.com .

 

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