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Mollie’s is coming to Santa Barbara’s State Street.
The restaurant is owned by the same mother-son team who own Trattoria Mollie in Montecito.
The Italian-food eatery is set to open the first week of June at 1218 State St., the former site of Tupelo Junction.
“It is a fantastic location,” said Ali Ahlstrand, who operates both restaurants with his mother Mollie. “We have been looking to expand for a long time.”
Ahlstrand said property owner Ray Mahboob made him a nice offer on the space.
“Things clicked,” he said.
He said he’s making some interior improvements to the site, mostly cleaning, because the the inside had been “neglected” by a previous tenant.
There will be some slight reconfiguring and freshening up of the space, Ahlstrand said.
“This is a great opportunity to be inside the theatre district,” Ahlstrand said.
The restaurant will feature the same menu as the Montecito location.