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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

The Historic El Paseo Restaurant

Originally uploaded by pikester.

is still up for sale according to the posting up on BizBen.

The El Paseo Restaurant Is One Of Santa Barbara’s Oldest And Most Beloved Restaurants Going Back For Many Decades. With Its Type 47 Liquor License, Mexican Theme And Central Location In The Historic El Paseo District Of Downtown Santa Barbara, It Has Been The Hot Spot For So Many Years. Young And Old Enjoy The Dramatic Indoor/Outdoor Setting In One Of Santa Barbara’s Oldest Buildings. Not Only Set Up For Restaurant Use, It Is An Ideal Venue For Special Events With Convenient Parking Nearby, And Also Catering With Its Large And Very Efficient Kitchen.

Anyone have a spare $500,001-$1,000,000?

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I wish I could afford to buy it. I love the old-time Santa Barbara feel that El Paseo has managed to retain. I hope no one destroys that.

I wish I could buy it as well! My grandfather was an entertainer back in the 30's when entertainers were true entertainment. During his time a the El Paseo he met people such as Bing Crosby, Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple and many others who occassionally stopped in. As a matter of fact my mother has many photographs of Frank "Pancho" Escobedo as he performed in the courtyard area with his orchestra. There is a Fiesta Days poster with him playing the violin at the bottom of the stairs with the rest of the orchestra. My uncle Conrad or "Sonny" as he was called grew up watching the band practice from the upper level of the restaurant. I really hope that the restaurant continues to remain open and that its history is truely remembered for all to enjoy.

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