The Old Spaghetti Factory closes June 19th

oldspaghettifacotry-closingsign.jpgBobby Sussman writes:

First the Tiki Bar, then Trader Vic’s, and now Spaghetti Factory! When will the madness end! During my semi-monthly trip to the old Spaghetti Factory the mrs and I were greeted by the sign pictured in this link! Looks like it will be closing “due to plans for redevelopment”! What does that mean? As a company the Spaghetti Factory is going back to school to finish up that degree it never finished? Where will I take first dates to now?!? Auction to sell off memorabilia set for June 23rd. See you then as I bid on used Spumoni dishes so I can feed my cats their wet food in luxury!

It’s true. I actually found out about this a couple of weeks ago when I went online to check the lunch hours online and saw the note on their site: “Due to redevelopment plans, the Hollywood location’s final day of operation will be June 19th.”

Curbed LA also reported on this a few days ago, saying that a reader states that “only the front half of the building will be spared, while the back half will be demolished.”

According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website, The Old Spaghetti Factory site is proposed for a mixed use project that would include 38,000-sq.ft. of office space, along with 125 condos and 10,000-sq.ft. of retail. (Developer: GTO Development LLC)

I propose a blogging.la get together here sometime before the close. Cheap eats, unique atmosphere, and another Hollywood landmark about to close its doors. What say you?

:: Great write-up about this place by Mark Evanier from over a year ago ::

Photo used by expressed permission from Bobby Sussman.

15 Replies to “The Old Spaghetti Factory closes June 19th”

  1. Welcome to the world of skyrocketing realestate. My personal loss was Ed Debevic’s. This place had shitty s’ghetti as my kid put it so I ain’t too heart broken.

  2. Let’s do it! Maybe that could be a monthly thing… a blogging.la event!

    Except that it would only last one month! ;)

    Lumping the Old Spaghetti Factory in with places like Trader Vic’s is insanity. They dont’ have much to do with Hollywood. It’s a big chain based out of Portland, and I’m not sure they were even the original tenants of that space. Plus, there are like six other SoCal locations. It seems the same to me as getting upset that a Macaroni Grill or Olive Garden is closing.

  3. From what I remember being told when I first walked in to S.F. back in the late 80’s is the building was part of Charlie Chaplans movie studios in the 20-30’s.

  4. 5000!

    I agree, that Spaghetti Factory isn’t unique like Trader Vic’s, but the fact of the matter is that the cityscape around Hollywood is changing. Perhaps it’s for the better, but there is a lot changing at once.

    And who knows what monstrosities of other chains might take its place? Personally, I’d rather have that Old Spaghetti Factory there than an Olive Garden.

    But that’s just me.

  5. Except that it would only last one month! ;)

    well, of course it would, if we were only going to have it at the old spaghetti factory!

  6. Yeah – SpagFact is a lot better than the Olive Garbage… and Macaroni Grill also. Sure, it’s a large chain out of Portland, but hey – the people who decided where to put the Spag restaurants generally chose cool locations – yes, the Fullerton one, the old school house in Duarte and the Riverside locations are all really chill old buildings.

    Still, it is a sign o’ the times in Hollywood I suppose. Eventually it will be another Disney-fied, Times Square-ized international tourist attraction with all the character of Universal Citywalk…

    No, I don’t think it will ever get that bad… as long as there are (horror of horrors) actual PEOPLE living in Hollywood. One thing about Hollywood that I have always loved is the fact that it is a true neighborhood – seedy in places, (Ok, in most places), royalty up in the hills, the last remnants of the 60s in the canyons… no matter what abominable corporate crap they build on the boulevards (H&H anyone?) – Hollywood will still be Hollywierd. And may it always remain so.

  7. Way back when, the OSF was my favorite place to play Pac Man. Even if the food isn’t the greatest, the prices are reasonable. And who else has mizithra cheese on the menu?

  8. People! You guys are missing the point!!! It’s not that the old Spaghetti factory has better food or because it’s a chain restaurant that you can find somewhere else. It’s because it’s been there forever on the corner of Bronson and Sunset as far as I can remember. It’s a part of Hollywood as I know it. It is very upsetting that a unique place like that has to be demolish over some money greedy developer’s plan to build yet another office building. Where am I gonna get soup AND dessert for my meal now???

  9. People! You guys are missing the point!!! It’s not that the old Spaghetti factory has better food or because it’s a chain restaurant that you can find somewhere else. It’s because it’s been there forever on the corner of Bronson and Sunset as far as I can remember. It’s a part of Hollywood as I know it. It is very upsetting that a unique place like that has to be demolish over some money greedy developer’s plan to build yet another office building. Where am I gonna get soup AND dessert for my meal now???

  10. People! You guys are missing the point!!! It’s not that the old Spaghetti factory has better food or because it’s a chain restaurant that you can find somewhere else. It’s because it’s been there forever on the corner of Bronson and Sunset as far as I can remember. It’s a part of Hollywood as I know it. It is very upsetting that a unique place like that has to be demolish over some money greedy developer’s plan to build yet another office building. Where am I gonna get soup AND dessert for my meal now???

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