Pintard Commercial Real Estate has announced the leasing of 516 State Street to Institution Ale Company, a Camarillo-based brewery specializing in American-style ales. The new location is the former home of Caffe Primo and Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro.

“Considering all the recent challenges of leasing a larger restaurant site in the downtown retail district, I am very pleased to have secured a solid tenant for the landlord,“ said Dave Pintard, President of Pintard Commercial Real Estate. “Institution Ale has a very successful track record in Ventura County and I have every belief that they will be as popular and successful in this location.”

Shaun Smith, Institution Ale Company co-founder, is looking forward to expanding to 516 State Street: “We love the architecture of the building, the retro style, the location being in the heart of State Street and the inviting all-glass store front,” said Smith. “With this new location, we’ll be able to share all our beers with a new community. Beer is best when it’s fresh. Being able to brew a beer and drive it 40 minutes up the road and put it on tap for everyone in Santa Barbara is going to be a lot of fun.”

Founded in 2013, Institution Ale Company is known for utilizing non-traditional ingredients such as vanilla, cocoa nibs, coffee and peppers. All their beer is brewed in a 3-vessel, 15-barrel, Premier Stainless brewing system. Everything from recipe development, ingredient selection, the brewing process and packaging are completed in house by the company’s brew team to create handcrafted ales.

Institution Ale Company will start renovating 516 State Street during the spring of 2018 and will open its doors to the public that fall. Visit

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  1. Rex Of SB says:

    Restaurants may come and restaurants may go at 516 State Street, but to me it will always be the Johnson Nash/Hudson dealership. All that glass made for a great showroom.

  2. Art says:

    Wasn’t it also a paint store into late 80’s

    • Rex Of SB says:

      Indeed it was, but not the first such instance of that in SB. The paint store at W. Carrillo & Bath, across the street from Rusty’s Pizza, was the site of Phipps Motors, which sold Austin, Morris, and other English cars by BMC. So far, it hasn’t yet become a restaurant.