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Award-Winning
Mesa Burger
GOURMET BURGERS FROM A
SOUTH COAST ENTREPRENEUR
BY VALER I E CANT EL L A
With Mesa Burger in the Camino Real Marketplace and Lighthouse
Coffee coming to the Turnpike Shopping Center, Chris Chiarappa is
growing the roots of his Santa Barbara Restaurant Collective (SBRC)
in Goleta. What originally started with a conversation during a surf
trip about finding a good burger on Santa Barbara's Mesa turned
into the original Mesa Burger in 2016 and the Mesa Burger at Camino
Real Marketplace, established in 2019.
Chiarappa worked to design a concept with heart and soul collaboratively
with Regional Manager Pixie Saavedra and award-winning
Chef Cat Cora, known as the taste of Mesa Burger. Designed to
reflect the casual goodness locals are accustomed to, Mesa Burger
offers gourmet, handcrafted burgers, farm-fresh salads, local beers
and wine, scooped ice cream, hand-spun shakes, and ice cream
cookie sandwiches. Their tasty offerings have received accolades
from Westways (the AAA Magazine), Big 7 Travel, and the Santa
Barbara Independent for several years running.
Chiarappa is always on the hunt for the next epic wave and business
opportunity. As he expanded with eateries like Lighthouse Coffee,
Corner Tap, and M Kitchen, he created the SBRC in 2021.
He said, " I enjoy building businesses, working toward success, creating
successful investments for others, providing jobs, seeing our
employees reach their goals, adding value to the community, and, of
course, seeing our guests happy! "
He's looking to expand Lighthouse Coffee, open an ice cream shop,
operate a commercial kitchen/public market. He is also considering
a taco concept, a fun family restaurant, and the next spot for Mesa
Burger. With this enormous enthusiasm for business, it's no surprise he
was named the 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Santa Barbara
South Coast Chamber of Commerce.
Top, (l-r): Regional Manager Pixie Saavedra, Owner Chris Chiarappa,
Owner Chef Cat Cora, and Regional Executive Chef Tommy Mingori at
Mesa Burger - Goleta.
For more information or to find the nearest Mesa Burger, visit mesaburger.com
2022 * 2 0 2 3 EDITION 27
MESA BURGER
http://www.mesaburger.com

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