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Old Posted Apr 22, 2017, 1:50 AM
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post

I remember one hot spot for hamburgers in the 1980s was Hamptons on Highland in Hollywood. (there was also a location in Toluca Lake)

"Hamptons (spelled with no apostrophe) was an upscale hamburger joint, perhaps the first one in Southern California. Once upon a time, it was impossible to get a table at lunch without a long wait. People loved the eighty varieties of burgers, including Stan’s Fantasy (with sour cream and black caviar), The Nelly Burger (creamed horseradish and bacon) and the Pink Peppercorn Burger topped with a Sherry-wine dressing. People also loved the little buffet that accompanied each burger, allowing you to further dress your sandwich and pile the plate with salads and side dishes. The menu did not include french fries." (they offered German Potato Salad instead)
I too remember Hamptons and recall being asked by tourists if there were any celebrities in our midst. One, who I would prefer not to name, was heard to say, "Do I count?" It also brings to mind its alleged connection with P Newman and the Foggy Bottom Burger (peanut butter and sour plum jam) which I never tried, but heard was good. I do recall the tree laden courtyard, insects, birds and maybe even the haphazard parking situation.

The notion of repurposing a house or small business as a restaurant, of course, invites recollections of other such places mentioned on NLA, e.g., Butterfield's (8426 Sunset Blvd.) and possibly Father Yod's The Source (8301 Sunset Blvd.). From the early '80s - Cafe Mambo, (707 Heliotrope Drive) and Cha Cha Cha (656 Virgil Ave.) There were more, I recall at least two upscale French and/or Italian restaurants in the Valley. A cursory permit search suggests Butterfield's may have started out with a different street address, perhaps on De Longpre.

The Source's address yields even less info. I am not certain that the Source's main structure was ever a residence, although it certainly had the feel of one. I can still envision the melted candle wax on what may have been a brick fireplace. And there were the dark wooden bowls. How they were washed . . . and kept sanitary is a mystery. In 1942, the location has a listing for Alf Anderson, Personal Guide. This suggests we may have seen Alf before on NLA. Down the road a spell, at 8351 Sunset is the only other '42 listing for a Personal Guide, S.H. Russell. Wholstadter Ins. Agency was at 8310 in '56 and Tinkham Enterprises is listed there in '60. Today, the former Source has been pushed into a proverbial corner and its former parking lot has been subsumed by a multi-story structure.

A business enterprise easily adapted to travel.

Sunset (near) Sweetzer, ca 1950.

Mario Tamayo's Cha Cha Cha


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