Santa Barbara, California: Sambo's Restaurant Birthplace

Chain pancake restaurant with the unfortunate name started here on June 17, 1957. After growing to over 1,100 restaurants, all closed by 1982. This Sambo's still operates; look for historical marker.

Sambo's on the Beach

216 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA
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Sambo's Restaurant Birthplace

Sambo's serves typical diner fare at reasonable prices. Breakfast is served all day and the menu still includes the Papa Jumbo and Mama Mumbo specials. Breakfast is served all day.

[Clare Pimental, 11/12/2016]

From 1957, the pancake chain successfully grew over 25 years, then collapsed as it became harder to explain the Little Black Sambo "turn into butter" mural on the restaurant wall. This was the first, and remains as the last Sambo's.

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