Mollie’s Restaurant Coming to Tupelo Junction Site on State Street

Release Date: May 24,2018

Storefront on State Street in Santa Barbara Click to view larger
Mollie’s, an Italian-food eatery, is set to open the first week of June at 1218 State St. in downtown Santa Barbara. The owners also operate Trattoria Mollie in Montecito. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

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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.

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