Supporting the Fire Fund

Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara will be donating to the Thomas Fire Fund when we open in January. Proceeds will go to support residents and first responders impacted by the fire.

Santa Barbara, California (December 19, 2017)

Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurants will support residents and first responders impacted by the Thomas Fire when we opens our destination restaurant at the foot of Stearns Wharf on the Santa Barbara beachfront on Jan. 29, 2018.

Our new location in Santa Barbara will combine fresh, sustainable seafood with monthly chef’s tastings, Central Coast wine pours and neighborhood happy hours in a rebuilt historic lighthouse structure previously occupied by the famous Castagnola Lobster House at 15 E. Cabrillo Blvd.

In response to the devastating Thomas Fire, we will donate a percentage of our proceeds in 2018 to the Thomas Fire Fund, established by the United Way of Ventura County, United Way of Santa Barbara County, American Red Cross of Ventura County and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services.

“We’ve been working with the City of Santa Barbara for more than a year so already feel a part of this close-knit community,” explained Jimmy Ulcickas, Bluewater co-founder and co-owner. “In addition to directly supporting the fire-relief effort, we look forward to doing what we can in 2018 to come alongside residents, firefighters and others impacted by the fire.”

Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara will join Bluewater restaurants in Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Temecula and Coronado, Calif., and Phoenix; and Bluewater Avalon on Catalina Island. Bluewater Grill Carlsbad debuted in Carlsbad Village in November.

Earlier this year, Bluewater announced Chanel Ducharme, former chef de cuisine at the Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara, as executive chef, and Colin Lohenry, part of the team at the original Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach’s Cannery Village, as Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara general manager.

The former Castagnola Lobster House is being rebuilt with an inside/outside second-story bar to take advantage of spectacular sunset and ocean views. Offering a sophisticated local twist on Bluewater seven other locations, Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara will blend an upscale coastal casual theme with subtle references to the Bluewater founders’ ties to Santa Barbara. Avid fishermen, Staunton and Ulcickas regularly fish the Channel Islands aboard Bluewater’s own Pilikia swordfish harpoon boat to humanely catch pristine-quality swordfish.

Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara will serve lunch, dinner and small plates daily on two floors of the newly constructed building, an oyster bar, dining counter overlooking an open kitchen and an upstairs dining patio and bar offering beach views, local Santa Barbara County wine flights and locally caught seafood purchased directly from local commercial fisherman.

The new restaurant will print new lunch and dinner menus regularly to be able showcase the freshest seafood and shellfish, and offers a separate kid’s menu certified by the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program and a popular weekday small plates menu of $4, $6 and $8 drink and appetizer specials.

Another expected highlight will be a year-long calendar of seasonal seafood specials and monthly Chef’s Tasting events pairing seafood with hand-selected wines, sakes or specialty draught beers. Hosted the second Tuesday of every month, the events have become a popular monthly diversion for local seafood aficionados and Bluewater Grill’s fan base.

About the Thomas Fire Fund

The Thomas Fire Fund is a strategic partnership between the United Way of Ventura County, United Way of Santa Barbara County, the American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services helping the community impacted by the Thomas Fire. 100% of proceeds goes directly to the fund.

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