Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hollywood Landmark Goes Bye-Bye

Yeah, sure, we live in a town that doesn't cherish its past. People have written endlessly on the topic, so I won't add to the pile of words.

What I WILL do, however, is give you a heads-up so you can bid farewell to another old friend.

The Old Spaghetti Factory on Sunset Boulevard is about to be pulled-down by a wreckers ball. The old Studebaker showroom (and garage) is scheduled for demolition sometime after the summer of '06. Condos are to replace the restaurant.

If you've never been, I recommend a visit. The food is decent, and the prices are very reasonable. They've got a fun bar... but the main reason for going is to catch a glimpse of old Hollywood. The furnishings are gaudy-- but fun. Take the kids and grab a seat in the old trolley car.

Oh, yeah... the host is a hoot. Reminds you of the stiff manservant in "Sunset Boulevard."


At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My manservant is stiff.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Al Guevara said...

Was the assist chef there circa 1987-90

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Al Guevara said...

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At 1:10 AM, Blogger Stainless said...

I'm not sure there are words to relay how many memories came from that building in the form of The Old Spaghetti Factory. I worked with Al there in the kitchen, same time period, moved up to an assistant manager, then transfered around to other units for the company including Nashville, St. Louis, Newport Beach and then back to Hollywood where I ran the store as the interim general manager before I left the company for greener pastures. Not only is the company a class act, but the renovations and economic development they lend to otherwise "run down" areas was a concept that held strong for decades, benefiting the company, the city, the people... you name it. This is a sad statement of the times, but alas, one of normality. Innovation and creativity bending over to growth and the mighty buck. The building and the company occupying it will be missed.

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Todd Everett said...

Andy Kaufman is famous for taking his Carnegie Hall (I think) audience out for milk and cookies following his show.

Less celebrated is the fact that he'd already done that, after his show at the Huntington Hartford in Hollywood. As we filed out of the theater, we were herded into any of several rented school buses, and were transported the few blocks East on Sunset to the Old Spaghetti Factory, where we were served...milk and cookies.

And yes, the buses were waiting to take us back to the theater.

At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is terrible news. Mom is going to be devastated. The old world charm of by-gone days..

At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Roy Pickins said...

I used to go to this place in the mid 80's with friends, but after regularly having to ask for clean utensils only to be brought more dirty utensils, and a window smash burglary of our car from right in front of the entrance, we all vowed to never go there again.

Now we make the long haul to the Monrovia Spaghetti Factory to get our fix with the "Manager's Favorite".

Goodbye Hollywood Spaghetti Factory, I'm surprised that you made it this long.

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Vermont Neighbor said...

Very interesting post, sad news for many. Tried it once or twice but didn't like it at all. Weird ambience. Like a red bordello or something... food had no flavor!

Sunset Boulevard was *always* about Ben Frank's. Any year you went in there, any decade, it felt like everyone was sitting around polishing up their Bonanza script. Or their first draft of Adam 12 or Bewitched. Maybe a Roger Corman movie was in production, you could just feel it. Now, that one today is a Mel's Drive-In or something equally retro. grr!

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Larry Chavez III said...

I am glad it is gone! I never liked it either. The place had horrid service too! I for one am happy to see it go
bye bye

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At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hollywood does not care about you... the speghetti factory was good. until illegal immigrants took over and the dirty silver-ware started... now we get crappy thai dumps and taco stands... i miss the charm of the place. they had good food until los angeles turned into a third world toilet bowl...

it wasn't the place it was the people working there that ruined it.


At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mexicans have ruined everything about los angeles including the availability of restuarants...
and the asian nasty ass dumps... pitiful.

norms needs to go too. they actually sell "powder mashed potatoes" what the hell?

any place selling powdered potatoes needs to go.

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At 4:02 PM, Blogger lylacavanaugh said...

Loved the Factory for 30 yrs. during numerous life changes. Have not been since 2000 so don't know about deterioration. Moved to the beach and did not go back. (Too bad those links above are broken! Could've used them.)

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