Another One Bites The Dust: Marie Callender's

This one hurts.

If you ever worked at E!, or visited someone who did, you have probably eaten at the Mid Wilshire Marie Callender's.  Sadly E! is no longer on Wilshire Blvd, and as of this Sunday, neither will be Marie Callender's.

For 40 years, this flagship location, known as Callender's Grill was a great watering hole for the people who lived and worked at Mid Wilshire.  When I worked at E! during the late 90's, there would always be a line out the door just to get a table (No I DON"T want to sit upstairs), and during the holidays...a line to buy their famous pies.

This was not a typical Marie Callender's...this was the "fancy" one.  It had a full bar, and an amazing salad bar with chilled salad plates, and salad buffet on Sundays for brunch (yea at E! we worked on Sunday too).  It also had a lovely grand piano and piano player who would tickle the ivories through lunch and sometimes even a full band.

I can't even begin to tell you how many business meetings and dates I had at this joint.  The outside was used a lot as an establishing shot for a restaurant on "Melrose Place" and when you ate there, one could imagine Amanda Woodward and Billy at the next table.  Of course, the fictional D&D Advertising was across the street.

According to the manager, the landlord doubled the rent last week...making it impossible for them to stay in business.  Such a shame.

I wonder what will happen to the Hollywood murals?  Hopefully, another place will come in that we can love just as much and they will keep the decor.

Thanks for the memories Marie Callender's...and the free cornbread.

Marie Callender's...we ❤️you and we will REALLY miss you!!!
Another One Bites The Dust: Marie Callender's Another One Bites The Dust:  Marie Callender's Reviewed by #IheartHollywood on July 12, 2018 Rating: 5

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