Chef Robert Perez describes the difference of moving from Nevada City, where he ran the acclaimed Citronee Bistro and Wine Bar for 13 years, to Santa Barbara, where he now owns Seagrass with his family, in a very simple way: “It’s really just the size difference, which is why we moved here. Santa Barbara is a city without being city-ish. We’re just happy to be here.” But he lights up with pride saying more: “We’re happy the regulars from Seagrass are coming in. At first they look at you,” he crosses his arms and adopts a stern mien, “‘You took our restaurant.’ And then they leave after dinner looking really pleased.”
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