Community Spotlight | FIELD + FORT

July 13, 2022

Summerland, the seaside haven located between Carpinteria and Montecito, is a two-exit town home to antique stores, shops, and eateries. In 2019, Field + Fort opened its doors on the east end of Lillie Avenue as a decor shop and cafe dedicated to “essentials of elevated living.” Featuring menu items like shakshuka, savory porridge, and sweet bread pudding – it’s no surprise that this spot has become a local’s favorite.


Nearly two years after the closure of Cantwell’s, Field + Fort transformed the 5,000 sq. ft. space into a white California cottage-style showpiece with effortless curb appeal. The building has been completely remodeled, including the addition of a commercial kitchen, which started as a coffee bar that quickly evolved into a cafe. Recruiting renowned chef, Austin Moore, their menu is widely respected as Summerland’s best. 

Owners Kyle Irwin and Susie Bechtel worked together on several projects before their latest venture, usually large-scale luxury interior design projects, but always had plans to open a retail store together. Filled with a mixture of antiques and specialty home goods, a celebrated mix of their curated taste, visitors are surrounded by one-of-a-kind offerings.

Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Independent


Using local produce and organic products, the menu continues to expand seasonally, including a variety of breakfast and lunch items. Coined “The Feast,” you’re challenged to decide between gourmet avocado toast, frittata, farmers’ market salads, and sandwiches, or in-house baked goods. Croissants and bread can also be found at “The Baker’s Table.” There are also rumors of future plans to offer dinner and take-home meals. 

Once guests order, they’re invited to sit outside at several lounge chairs or tables. For those looking to eat inside, they can sit at a long communal dining table – which is actually an antique from a convent in France. “It’s been really special to watch people gather here and reconnect with each other. That was always our goal: to offer a gathering space,” Irwin told The Santa Barbara Independent.


Our Santa Barbara and Montecito community continues to expand with new improvements, restaurants, and shops. At The Ebbin Group, we have a finger on the pulse. For other recommendations about upcoming local spots, contact our team at [email protected]

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