Barney's Beanery Does It Again!
Now there are three.
For over 80 years patrons have known they are going to be well fed at the original Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood. They enjoyed food items from a mega menu, which includes hundreds of great entrees, burgers, pizzas, salads, and, of course, LA's "second best chili."
Two years ago, co-owner David Houston (pictured) and his business partners opened the second restaurant in Santa Monica on the Third Street Promenade.
And now, the third restaurant is now open in the "Old Town" section of Pasadena. It is in a three-story brick building (built around 1890) and offers many of the great features that have made the original Barney's a popular celebrity hangout - video games, TV's that can be seen from every seat, and more than 100 kinds of beer either bottled or on tap.
Ironically, all of the Barney's are located on "Route 66."
8447 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
1351 3rd Street
Santa Moncia, CA
99 East Colorado Blvd.
More info - www.barneysbearney.com
Cars 'n Chili for Charity!
Barnery's Beanery recently held its annual fundraising event in West Hollywood.
Photo courtesy of David Roberson
The "Beanery" Changes Late-Night in Santa Monica
The original Barney's Beanery opened 84 years ago and is the third oldest restaurant in Los Angeles. Known as a venerable roadhouse and famed celebrity hangout, has recently christened its second site just a few miles down "Route 66," in Santa Monica.
Couched in a four-star corner of the famed Third Street Promenade, Barney's Beanery-West is a near replica of the original -- a rowdy roadhouse atmosphere complete with road signs and movie mementos on the walls, comfy booths and a ceiling of battered old license plates. The food, as always, is pure American comfort, with breakfast served 24 hours, world famous burgers, pizzas, burritos and their claim to fame -- the "Second Best" chili in Los Angeles.
Although the new Beanery has been busy virtually every night since its recent opening, co-owner David Houston does have one problem with the new Santa Monica site. "We need to really break the place in. It's a little too neat and clean to be Barney's."
The original Beanery looks all of its 84 years so Houston is inviting people to come in and scuff up the new place a bit!
The new site is serving up the virtually unchanged menu -- with huge breakfasts available at anytime. There are more than 200 domestic and imported beers and 40 more on tap. Barney's is seeing a sharp contrast in this coastal community's dining habits compared with those of its West Hollywood crowd. "Our regulars at the original Barney's Beanery are just getting started around 11 pm and run strong until 2 am nightly." Houston hopes to start a late-night trend in Santa Monica.
Over the years, Barney's Beanery has always been a natural magnet for people involved with the "new" scene. Thespians such as Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson have gravitated to the respective art, jazz and rock 'n' roll scenes, and have frequented Barney's as part of these movements. One-time bartender of the West Hollywood venue, Paul Brazier, hosted many of the drop-ins. "I can remember Elliot Gould sittin' at the bar and havin' a scotch on the rocks," he recalls. "Bette Midler and her husband came in frequently and Mel Gibson was around here a lot because he was filming in the neighborhood. We used to get a lot of the Brat Pack. Emilio Esteves had his birthday in the back room one night, and Demi Moore paid for the party."
The Santa Monica venue hopes to pick up some of the entertainment pixy dust like the original site which is still going strong with regulars like Drew Carey, Adam Sandler and Quentin Tarantino, who spent many hours at the Beanery while writing Pulp Fiction.
For those who are hungry, the 700 item mega menu defies the latest diet trends and will not be changed. "We're not concerned about dieting, carb counting and all that because this is where you go to get away from it all," said Houston.
Time does march on, however. The new venue has pumped up the ampage with user-friendly technology. A host of television screens are strategically placed throughout the dining room, bar and upstairs pool area. No one will miss the catch, a slam dunk, or the winning touchdown.
Barney's Beanery - West is located at 1351 3rd Street, just off Santa Monica Blvd. on the Promenade.
The restaurant is open Monday through Friday 11:00 am to 2 am; Saturday 9 am to 2 am; and Sunday 9:30 am to 2 am. Reservations are recommended for groups of 10 or more.
For more information go to www.BarneysBeanery.com
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