In April of 2015 I posted tips from readers Foodie Dan and Meghan that Rusty’s Pizza had acquired the property at 2315 Lillie Avenue in Summerland, the long time home of Stacky’s Seaside. In June 2017 reader Ocean let me know that Stacky’s had closed its door permanently. Exactly two years then went by without so much as a peep from me about Summerland until I received a message this week from reader Tom: “Hi – love reading your column! I saw today construction workers at the old Stacky’s in Summerland. Lots of activity going on and first sign of life there in over a year.” Growing up in Montecito I frequented Stacky’s and was sad to see it go, but I also have been a life long fan of Rusty’s Pizza so, for me, this story will have a happy ending.
Stacky’s Seaside in 2005
The Restaurant Guy (standing) celebrating his birthday at Rusty’s Pizza on Carrillo Street in 1977.