Friday, June 20, 2014
'Hood #39: Mar Vista & a Goodbye
Anyway, I read about it in the local paper, and I wanted to go there and show my support in their final days. I'm not a regular customer—in fact, I've never been—but they're not being closed due to lack of business but, rather, in the name of "progress." Now, I understand the new owners have a right to remodel, and that it wasn't feasible to remodel the bowling alley and not the diner, but it's still a big bummer. I can't help but feel sorry for the diner's owner, 74-year old Joseph "Pepy" Gonzalez (who greeted my friend MJ and me as we arrived), as well as sad that another faceless corporate business is taking over a mom & pop shop.
The place was packed on a Friday at lunchtime, and the prices, for the record, were cheap. I got a huge turkey melt and fries for $6.95 and took half of it home.