CAFE DEL SOL FOUNDER JACK SEARS DIES

Montecito Journal columnist Richard Mineards recently announced the passing off local restaurant icon Jack Sears, age 84. Sears, with his wife Emilie, owned one of Montecito’s most iconic watering holes, Cafe del Sol, for nearly half a century. The  twosome sold the property by the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, now the Magic Castle, in 2013 and closed the popular restaurant the following year. Being from Montecito, The Restaurant Guy celebrated many a birthday  at Cafe del Sol, including decades ago when it was located in the upper village where Montecito Wine Bistro is now.

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4 Responses to CAFE DEL SOL FOUNDER JACK SEARS DIES

  1. Theresa S Utterback says:

    My husband and I enjoyed Cafe del Sol many times when it was in the upper village. It had lots of charm. Sorry to hear of his death.

  2. Bob says:

    He also had Hoby Bakers & Fred C Dobbs. Does anyone remember any other place that Jack ran?
    He was always such a gracious host.

  3. Nancy Freeman says:

    Really missed the cafe when it closed. Nothing else like it in S.B.

  4. John Parish says:

    Jack & Emilie gave so much more then just a business Jack use to take dinners to people that could not get out Jack & Emilie closed Thanksgiving day and served Thanksgiving dinner free to many seniors and patrons until certain groups took advantage of the free food and drinks.
    Jack will be missed.
    Thank you Jack & Emilie

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