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Iconic Central Coast Restaurant Pea Soup Andersen Suddenly Closes

Iconic Central Coast Restaurant Pea Soup Andersen Suddenly Closes

This classic Danish-style restaurant and California restaurant landmark will close after nearly a century of business. Team


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January 11, 2024

An all-time classic California restaurant, Pea Soup Andersen's in Bulleton suddenly closed without any public announcement or warning, as reported by SF Gate.

For those who have driven along Highway 101 have almost certainly made a stop at Pea Soup Andersen in the Central Coast. The Danish-style restaurant has served the community for nearly 100 years, making it one of California's classic and longest-standing restaurants. According to reports, the location was previously up for sale, but no buyer was every publicly known or announced.

The restaurant's story is one of California's diverse culture and history of immigrants finding a home and bringing their culture to the Golden State. Pea Soup Andersen's was opened in 1924 by Danish-born Anton Andersen. His roadside cafe became a key part of the area's culture and sustained through the wave of Danish settlers arriving in the area. It's also not too far from Solvang, a quaint and beautiful Danish Village here in the Golden State.

As the name would suggest, the restaurant's calling card was its pea soup, which up until its recent closing was the go-to dish for locals and passerbys alike. It's a beautiful story that originally the pea soup was made by Anton's wife, Juliette, and it was so good that it became the restaurant's key dish.

The restaurant's history is expansive and stretches through some of the most significant historic events from the 50s, 80s, and modern day. For an extensive breakdown of the history, check out Pea Soup Andersen's writeup of its history on its website. focuses on celebrating the best that the Golden State has to offer, and with the closing of Pea Soup Andersen, a integral part of California's history reaches its last chapter. Restaurants like Pea Soup Andersen are the reason the Golden State shines so much. It's an iconic location for those traveling in the Santa Ynez Valley and represents the hard-working cultural spirit within California. The Golden State is a remarkable mix of cultures where people can experience authentic Danish eats or experience some of the best Pho you've ever tasted.

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