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Iconic Buellton eatery Pea Soup Andersen's listed for $4.7M

From the 50+ Santa Maria, Buellton and Lompoc business stories series
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Iconic Buellton eatery Pea Soup Andersen's listed for $4.7M

Pea Soup Andersen’s restaurant, a longtime Santa Ynez Valley landmark known for serving its famous split-pea soup, has been listed for $4.7 million by Radius Commercial Real Estate of Santa Barbara.

The Buellton-based property, comprised of two parcels totaling approximately 3.36 acres on the corner of Hwy. 246 and Avenue of Flags, was listed on Aug. 12, 2020, according to public record.

The 35,000-square-foot building which features a historical diner, gift shops and various banquet rooms is being marketed as "a prime redevelopment opportunity given its proximity to the 101 Freeway, CA 246, and its location in the heart of Buellton’s 'Avenue of Flags Specific Plan.'" The plan is a fundamental strategy drawn up by the City of Buellton in 2017 to revitalize downtown and transform the Avenue of Flags corridor from an aging automobile-oriented thoroughfare to a vibrant, pedestrian friendly main street.

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The iconic sign for Pea Soup Andersen's in Buellton.

A waiter stands outside of Andersen's Electric Cafe in Buellton.

Pea Soup Andersen family

Anton, Robert T. and Juliette Andersen stand in front of what began as Andersen’s Electrical Cafe.

In front of Buellton's Pea Soup Andersen's, visitors can take their picture behind the iconic wooden cutout of Hap-Pea (the big guy with mallet) and Pea-Wee (the little guy with the chisel).

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Pea Soup Andersons restaurant was originally named Andersen’s Electric Café because it had one of the first electric stoves in the area.

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