Arnoldi’s Cafe Owner Says Italian Restaurant Not for Sale, Will Eventually Reopen | Local News – Noozhawk

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The abrupt closure of Arnoldi’s Cafe in Santa Barbara jolted Santa Barbara residents, but the owner wants everyone to know that the restaurant isn’t for sale.

“During the temporary closure of Arnoldi’s Cafe, I, Jeanette Arnoldi property owner/landlord and family have expressed our condolences to the family of David Peri,” Arnoldi said in a statement. “Arnoldi’s Cafe is NOT FOR SALE.”

She said when Arnoldi’s Cafe opens again at 600 Olive Street under new business management it will begin “a new chapter of a Santa Barbara Historical Landmark.”

Arnoldi’s was founded by Giuseppe and Ilda Arnoldi in 1937 at 421 E. Cota St. In 1940, Giuseppe, known as Joe, quarried local stone and built the present restaurant at 600 Olive St., according to the company’s website.

The restaurant abruptly closed after the death of co-owner David Peri, a lifelong Santa Barbara resident.

Peri “was never happier than at a table surrounded by friends, good food, good wine, and a convivial atmosphere,” his family wrote in his obituary. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Santa Barbara Mission.

In a statement last week on Instagram, the company said, “The current business owners will be stepping away from the business and have so much gratitude for being a part of the historical and legendary institution that has brought so many people memories since the 1940s.

“We want to thank our incredible staff, our valued customers and the community of Santa Barbara. We are confident the tradition will continue forward, but for the time being while we transition to new beginnings, the cafe will be closed.”

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