ABOUT LUCKY PENNY

 

Lucky Penny is a stand-alone restaurant in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone featuring artisanal pizzas from a wood-burning oven, garden fresh salads, house-made hot & cold sandwiches and house-made baked treats. Join us on our picnic patio or take it away!

 

Sun-Thurs 11am to 9pm | Fri-Sat 11am to 10pm

CHEF RON BATDORF

Chef Ron Batdorf was born and raised in Springfield Oregon. He attended culinary school at the French Culinary Institute in 2012 in the Bay Area. After moving to Santa Barbara in 2016, Chef Batdorf worked at Lucky Penny’s sister property, The Lark, before being offered the head chef position. Chef Batdorf feels working at Lucky Penny is special because of the value placed in the staff, creating a strong culture of teamwork and hospitality.

AIMEE MONROY, MANAGER

If you heard a song play as Aimee entered the room it’d be “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates. This is true when it comes to pizza, people, and good times in general! Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, she’s a valley girl, the real deal, like totally. She’s lived in Santa Barbara for 24 years and grateful for it every day. Aimee’s been with ACME family from the very start, serving at The Lark primarily on the communal table, which she loved the most! Community being the keyword. Community and lots of heart are why Aimee remains a part of the Acme family.

KEN TOLEDO, SOUS CHEF

Originally from San Diego, Kenneth Toledo was supposed to be an Engineer. Inspired by his family’s love for growing their own food, and his passion for cooking for his family under the tutelage of his mother, Toledo made the leap and attended a local Culinary Arts program instead. At 18, he spent the seasons between Cape Cod and Palm Beach. In 2014, at the invitation of Executive Chef Christopher Manning (Étoile), he accepted the Sous Chef position at Thomas Hill Organics, venerable initiator of the farm to table movement on the Central Coast. After nearly two decades in the industry from private clubs to esteemed steak houses to Swiss bakeries, Chef Toledo is excited to bring his experience, passion for local ingredients and flare to ACME’s Lucky Penny.

KATY BABCOCK, ASSISTANT MANAGER

Katy was home birthed and raised in Carpinteria but did spend some childhood years in Lake Tahoe. Katy attended culinary school at Santa Barbara City College. She says that food service and hospitality have always been a driving focus for her and source of fulfillment in her life. Katy loves the feeling of family in the guest relationships she and the Lucky Penny team create and hopes to grow more, personally and professionally, every year.