Mom’s Italian Village was a local institution for 62 years at 421 E. Cota St. It opened in 1933 and closed in 1995 after a storm caused significant flood damage. Though the restaurant has been gone for years the interior has remained much the same. I walked through the building earlier this week and saw a bit of old Santa Barbara frozen in time. The long wood bar is still there as are the Italian mural paintings on the walls. Antique ceiling fans still hover above the event dining room. Even the large “Mom’s” sign outside the building continues to proudly remind passerby’s of a bygone era. If you are interested in owning a piece of this historic property, all of the above items and more are for sale now because the building is scheduled to be demolished early next year to make room for Transition House’s low-income and homeless residences

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