3427 STATE STREET
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101
If you grew up in Santa Barbara’s San Roque neighborhood, you know Farmer Boy restaurant. It’s the classic American diner with all the standards. John Bennett, whose family’s restaurant group includes Brophy’s , Benchmark eatery, O.T.A and Arch Rock, has partnered with childhood friends - the Borgatellos and Boeddekers - to re-launch the upper State Street classic. “Not only did we grow up two blocks away from Farmer Boy, we all went to elementary school together,” Bennett says. Bennett describes the new Farmer Boy as “a fresh take on a classic diner,” but it was vital to the partners to maintain the bones and essence of the original. Ralph Karleskint [the original owner] is a close family friend, and the new ownership is honored to continue his legacy. The operation will be similar to Bennett’s other locations - casual, local, genuine and timeless. The operating partner is Danny Quinn, who runs several Bennett restaurants and understands the culture and the family’s commitment to service. “This is a romantic endeavor,” Bennett says. “Danny’s mom even waited tables here for over a decade.” There isn’t a restaurant operation in town more local than this new partnership.