Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant Closes Doors After Nearly 100 Years, Redevelopment Underway

California’s iconic restaurant “Pea Soup Andersen’s”, which is renowned for its picturesque windmill and Scandinavian-themed dining facilities, has shuttered. It’s rumored to reopen after redevelopment. Word is that the property was sold and will be redeveloped, giving rise to an all-new Pea Soup Andersen’s.

The famed restaurant goes back to 1924, founded by Juliette and Anton Andersen who were immigrants from Denmark and France. Pea Soup Andersen’s was popular for Juliette’s French recipe for split pea soup.

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The Andersens also added a hotel to their restaurant and rebranded fittingly. Robert, Juliette, and Anton Andersen’s son, joined the family business in the 1930s and helped establish the brand’s iconography, including the restaurant and hotel’s famous roadside billboards depicting cartoon chefs Hap-Pea and Pea-Wee – splitting peas with a mallet and chisel.

They sold the property in 1965 to actor and rancher Vince Evans, who expanded the operation. The brand changed owners multiple times and was acquired by Milt Guggia Enterprises in 1999. The Central Coast restaurateur also acquired Pea Soup Andersen’s Santa Nella in 2007.

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