Sullivan Goss is selling the building with The Arts & Letters Cafe in downtown Santa Barbara at 7 East Anapamu. It also has paintings and art related books for sale. The owners are keeping a nearby gallery open at 11 East Anapamu.
A letter released from the owners thanked customers for their support and said, “Yes, the Cafe will be open until a new owner is found. Please join us for a meal and help us celebrate more than 20 years of providing delicious food in a wonderful environment with the best customers in the world.”
The building sale is being handled by Steve Hayes of Hayes Commercial Real Estate.
All holiday parties will still take place at the location while a new owner is sought and the sale is completed.
The owners released this statement on the future of the business:
SANTA BARBARA, CA – After twenty years of fabulous courtyard lunches and with legions of loyal customers to testify to the Arts & Letters Caf’s sterling reputation, Sullivan Goss is announcing the sale its building at 7 East Anapamu, home of the Arts & Letters Caf. The sale is being handled by Steve Hayes of Hayes Commercial. Those wishing to learn the specific terms can contact Mr. Hayes.
In the meantime, the Arts & Letters Caf will continue to serve lunch and host scheduled holiday parties. Caf Manager Lisa Neustadt, and her staff, will continue to ensure the usual high level of quality and professionalism while the restaurant is in transition.
The owners and employees of the Arts & Letters Caf have treasured their many years in service to the community. Holidays, birthdays, marriages, anniversaries, parties : the staff has been proud to be part of them all. After 20 years, founders Frank and Tricia Goss, look forward to enjoying a somewhat quieter life. Tricia has retired and Frank will continue at his Gallery.
Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, established in 1984, will continue to operate an active exhibition schedule and show its expansive inventory from its operation at 11 East Anapamu. After years of mounting about twenty-five exhibitions per year, Mr. Goss and curators Jeremy Tessmer, Susan Bush, and Nathan Vonk look forward to being able to devote more resources to a smaller exhibition schedule. The curators also hope to be able to devote more time to client collection building and career development for its artists.
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