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Oct 30, 2008 08:43 PM

Hamlet - Sepulveda & National: Out of Biz

Dropped by tonight to find it shut up tight and with a note on the door saying that they weren't able to renew their lease. I have my doubts that that was the reason, (the last couple of times we ate there you could have fired a canon in the dining room and no one would have been hit), but they had been there since 1969 or so. One more casualty of the sub prime melt down / real estate bubble bursting / recession.

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  1. bummer, the one in bh shut down last year or so and still nothing in its place

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    1. re: jessejames

      so did the one in brentwood, if i'm not mistaken the last remaining one is in Hollywood and the Valley on Van Nuys Blvd or Woodman (?)

      by beverly hills i presume you mean the one in the building near doheny and sunset right?

      1. re: kevin

        BH located at Beverly Dr, south of Wilshire. Sherman Oaks location is Van Nuys Blvd between Ventura/Moorpark

        1. re: Muhlyssa

          The closest that Hamlet comes to having a location in Beverly Hills is Kate Mantilini (started and owned by the original owners of the Hamlet) on Wilshire and Doheny. At least KM still does a great rendition of "those potatoes" (hash browns with scallions and sour cream in the middle). The West Hollywood Hamlet is at:

          9201 Sunset Blvd.
          West Hollywood, CA 90069
          (310) 278-4924

          1. re: Muhlyssa

            clarification: the BH location (that has been closed for at least a year now) was on Beverly Drive, south of Wilshire.

      2. If they were open there's no way I'd ever go back.

        Wrote them a letter I was so mad the last time I was there.

        Maybe the landlord tried to order a meal and 45 minutes later received something she/he didn't order and it was overcooked and just plain nasty.

        I doubt they lost their lease.

        1. Did they leave some sort of hex or curse or something?

          The Hamburber Hamlet in Westwood Village closed years ago -- gosh, it has to be close to a decade. It is a big space, only a block south from UCLA and the hospitals, and it has access to that big parking lot in the rear. And yet it has remained closed, boarded up, and empty for all of that time.

          The Hamburger Hamlet in Brentwood on the west side of San Vicente closed over a year ago, or is it now two? They have a huge space which is easily divisible, and also have an easy parking situation right to their rear/side. Right after they closed, I read about plans for an ambitious replacement -- if I recall correctly a casual venue alongside a more upscale option. Now, nothing...

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            1. re: nosh

              Just walked by there this afternoon. Lots of construction material and assorted pieces of wood and wire on the ground near the open front door. There were a couple of people inside having a conversation, so I didn't interrupt to ask when it's opening. In two windows near the entrance: a liquor license transfer notice from ABC with the name Laurier 2 written into the name of establishment line! Isn't there a Laurier in NYC? Another big notice was a transfer of ownership to the Dusenberg Investment Group. Next time I'll try to sneak inside and get a photo of how close they are to having a usable space. From the looks of the exterior today it's going to be a long time.

            2. Funny, after MANY years of the Hamlet being under our radar, just this Sunday we went to the Pasadena/Lake Ave location. Didn't have burgers (which looked great), but were all happy with soups (onion & lobster bisque) and salads (2 summer scallop salads and 2 Chicken Ceasars for the kids). Kids were happy with their desserts.
              Service was professional and gracious, and while not standing room, their was certainly a nice dinner crowd. I thought there were postings here discussing a new owner who wanted to return the Hamlet to it's former glory.
              We'll be back.

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              1. re: Briggs

                "there was certainly..."

                1. re: Briggs

                  When I was courting the future Mrs many years ago, the Sepulveda and National Hamlet was one of our hangs, after I actually landed the Mrs, the Pasadena became our hang for burgers. Have visited various Hamlets over the past 35 years, and the majority of them have never been the same since the Lewis's sold out, however, the Pasadena location, for the most part has remained consistent. I still like the lobster bisque and a Hamlet burger, and maybe a schooner of beer or a few stiff ones.

                  1. re: ChinoWayne

                    Must be some special good karma or something about the Pasadena Hamlet; I've had only one item that was subpar, a Cajun burger with aioli that had gone transparent and slightly rancid. That's the in-laws' brunch venue of choice. Papa always gets the Benedict, and if the eggs aren't poached perfectly (about one out of every three times) he sends them back, and gets perfect ones in return. It's far from being the best place around for either burgers or breakfast, but it's certainly adequate, and as long as Papa keeps taking us there and picking up the tab I'll go happily.

                    I do really like their fish and chips, too.

                2. "The sub prime meltdown" sounds like it could have been one of the cheeseburgers on the menu there.