Farewell to an Icon: The End of an Era for Pea Soup Andersen’s


Iconic Roadside Restaurant Pea Soup Andersen’s Closes its Doors

The beloved roadside restaurant, Pea Soup Andersen’s, located in the Santa Ynez Valley, has sadly closed its doors for good. This iconic eatery, situated just off the 101 Freeway in Buellton, has been a must-stop-and-eat destination for generations of travelers, including tourists, wine tasters, truck drivers, salesmen, and other highway travelers.

A Legacy that Started with Split Pea Soup

Pea Soup Andersen’s began its journey almost a century ago when Anton and Juliette Andersen opened the restaurant under the name Andersen’s Electric Cafe. Anton, a professionally trained chef with experience in Europe and New York, along with assisting in opening the Biltmore Los Angeles, joined forces with his wife, Juliette. It was Juliette’s split pea soup that became the star of the establishment and eventually led to the name change to Pea Soup Andersen’s.

Within three years of serving their first bowl of split pea soup, the Andersen’s found themselves ordering a literal ton of peas to keep up with the overwhelming demand. In a stroke of genius, Anton put the surplus peas in the restaurant’s window and proclaimed it “The Home of Split Pea Soup,” a slogan that still holds true today.

End of an Era

The closure of Pea Soup Andersen’s marks the end of an era for many loyal fans. The restaurant has been a beloved landmark in Buellton for nearly a century. However, hopes of preserving the building have been dashed. Guggia Enterprises Property Administrator, Krista Guggia, explained that due to the century-old building’s condition, it is impossible to save. The buyer plans to demolish the structure and redevelop the property.

While the sale is not yet complete, rumors suggest that the 3.36-acre property may be used for new housing once the building is torn down. This potential change has left many wondering about the fate of the iconic cartoon chef characters, Hap-Pea and Pea-Wee, who have adorned billboards along the 101 Freeway, counting down the miles to Pea Soup Andersen’s. Sadly, they may also soon become a thing of the past.

Continuing the Tradition

Although the Buellton location is closing, fans of Pea Soup Andersen’s can still enjoy their favorite split pea soup at the Santa Nella restaurant, which remains operational. While it may not be the same as visiting the original location, loyal customers can still savor the delicious soup that has been a staple at Pea Soup Andersen’s for decades.

As for the future of the property in Buellton, the new buyers are working closely with the city to create an exciting and fresh new restaurant experience. While it is uncertain whether it will be a Pea Soup Andersen’s or something entirely new, residents and travelers alike can look forward to a new culinary destination in Buellton.

The closure of Pea Soup Andersen’s in Buellton is undoubtedly a loss, but it also marks the beginning of a new chapter for this historic property. While memories of the iconic restaurant will live on, it is time to bid farewell to an era and welcome the possibilities that lie ahead.