I thought Mother’s Day would be a good time to post an update on long-gone Santa Barbara icon Mom’s Italian Village, 421 E. Cota Street that began serving local diners in the 1930’s. Even though the building was demolished and replaced I recently noticed that the name “Mom’s” is permanently etched into the new building (see photo below). On a related topic, the other day I was talking to local real estate owner Frank Nam who tells me he purchased the main bar at Mom’s just before it was to be destroyed and recently installed it in Sama Sama Kitchen, 1208 State Street, the former home of East restaurant. If you want to touch a piece of Santa Barbara history stop by for a drink at Sama Sama.
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