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Tam O'Shanter 90th Anniversary:

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TAM O'SHANTER
2980 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-0228
www.TamOShanter.com



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Media Contact: Annet Peairs, Roland Communications (cell: 818-486-7497; apeairs@rolandcommunications.com)

For Immediate Release

THE TAM O’SHANTER CELEBRATES
ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY


THE TAM IS L.A.’S OLDEST FAMILY-OWNED RESTAURANT IN ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION


Founded in 1922 by Lawrence L. Frank
and Walter Van de Kamp

LOS ANGELES, June 26, 2012 – The Tam O’Shanter, the oldest family-owned restaurant in Los Angeles in its original location on Los Feliz Blvd. in Atwater Village, kicked off its milestone 90th Anniversary on Friday, June 22 with menu specials, a display of 1920s and 1930s vehicles, the 1920s Tin Pan Alley music of the legendary Ian Whitcomb, and a formal recognition ceremony.

To commemorate their 90th Anniversary, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored the Tam on June 21 with a custom Walk of Fame plaque presented by President and CEO Leron Gubler.  A formal recognition ceremony on June 22 featured three generations of Frank and Van de Kamp family members and actors Margaret O’Brien, Beverly D’Angelo, Barry & Stanley Livingston (My Three Sons), Erin Murphy (Tabitha on Bewitched), Kate Linder (The Young & the Restless), and Barbara Van Orden (Welcome Back, Kotter).  Attending elected officials included Councilmembers Tom LaBonge, Assemblyman Mike Feuer, Senator Carol Liu, Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero, and the offices of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Assemblyman Mike Gato, and Congressman Adam Schiff.  British Invasion music legend Ian Whitcomb (“You Turn Me On”) was the emcee.

The Tam features the unique Storybook-style architecture of Hollywood set designer, Harry Oliver, the Tam O’Shanter opened on June 26, 1922, and became one of the first restaurants in the country to offer drive-in service.  Named after the famous Robert Burns poem and adorned from floor to ceiling with Scottish décor, the Tam’s fine Hamburger Steaks were the restaurant’s specialty for nearly 40 years until the introduction of their current specialty, Prime Rib, in the late 50s.

Founded by Lawrence L. Frank and Water Van de Kamp, the Tam O’Shanter remains owned and operated by the Frank and Van de Kamp families who extended their dining empire to include the Van de Kamp’s bakery and coffee shop chain and Lawry’s The Prime Rib restaurants.  There are only four known restaurants in all of Los Angeles that are older than the Tam.

During the 1920s, the Tam became a popular celebrity hangout with regulars Rudolph Valentino, Fatty Arbuckle, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, Theda Bara, Gloria Swanson and many others.  Walt Disney was the Tam’s most loyal and enduring customer from 1925 to 1939 when he held court there at table #31.  During this period, the Tam O’Shanter was regarded as the Disney Commissary for their nearby Hyperion Avenue studio.  The Tam remained a second home to Disney’s “Nine Old Men” and much of his staff until the studio moved to Burbank in 1940. The Tam will dedicate Disney’s table #31 as part of their 90th Anniversary celebrations with a special ceremony in October.

Upcoming 90th Anniversary celebrations include a revival of favorite classic dishes from past decades such as Country Style Chicken from the ‘20s, Scotch Waffles and Planked Hamburger Steak from the ‘30s, Baked Chicken Pie from the ‘40s, Prime Rib Steak Delmonico from the 50s, and Cock of the North from the 60s. A variety of community events and fundraising parties are also planned until the end of the year.

The Tam O’Shanter is located at 2980 Los Feliz Blvd., five blocks east of Griffith Park and the 5 Freeway.  For reservations and information, call 323-664-0228 or visit www.LawrysOnline.com.

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90 YEARS OF TAM O’SHANTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • A cultural milestone in the history of Los Angeles: The 0th Anniversary of the Tam O’Shanter.
  • The oldest family-owned restaurant in its original location in the City of Los Angeles. 
  • June 26th, 1922, Lawrence L. Frank and Water Van de Kamp open the Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village with the distinctive Storybook-style architecture of Hollywood set designer Harry Oliver.
  • The Tam was named after the famous poem “Tam O’Shanter” by Scottish poet Robert Burns and decorated with Scottish medieval weapons, crests, kilts, tartans, and Coat of Arms from floor to ceiling. 
  • The Tam soon becomes one of the nation’s first drive-ins with special wooden trays that enable guests to dine in their cars.
  • The Tam’s fine Hamburger Steaks were the restaurant’s specialty for nearly 40 years until the introduction of their current specialty, Prime Rib, in the late 50s.
  • During the 1920s, the Tam was a popular celebrity hangout for Rudolph Valentino, Fatty Arbuckle, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, Theda Bara, Gloria Swanson, and many other stars. 
  • The Tam’s most loyal and enduring customer from 1925 to 1939 was Walt Disney, and the Tam O’Shanter was regarded as the Disney Commissary for their nearby Hyperion Avenue studio. 
  • The Tam is part of a family business that created a dining empire that included the Van de Kamp bakeries and today’s chain of Lawry’s The Prime Rib restaurants throughout the world.
  • Three generations of Frank and Van de Kamp family members are active in the daily operation of the Tam O’Shanter.

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TALE OF THE TAM: CHRONOLOGY 1922-2012

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VINTAGE MENUS (PDF)

1922 - Montgomery Inn

1933 - Car Service Deluxe

1934 - Tam O'Shanter Inn

1938 - Repeal of Prohibition - Tam O'Shanter

1940 - Tam O'Shanter Inn - Cocktail Menu

1941 - Tam O'Shanter Inn

1941 - WartimeTam O'Shanter Inn

1942 - Twenty Years Devotion to Hamburger

1945 - Hoot Mon Tam O'Shanter Inn

1950 - Tam O'Shanter To Go

1950 - Tam O'Shanter Inn

1954 - Tam O'Shanter Inn

1957 - 35th Anniversary Tam O'Shanter Inn

1958 - 36th Anniversary Tam O'Shanter Inn

1959 - 37th Anniversary Tam O'Shanter Inn

1961 - Tam O'Shanter Inn - Lunch

1962 - Tam O'Shanter Inn - Dinner

1968 - Tam O'Shanter / Great Scot - Lunch

1969 - Tam O'Shanter / Great Scot - Dinner

1973 - Tam O'Shanter / Great Scot - Lunch

1974 - Tam O'Shanter / Great Scot


TAM O' SHANTER 90th ANNIVERSARY LOGO

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TAM O' SHANTER VINTAGE PHOTOS

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Tam Exterior 1922
TAM O'SHANTER (MONTGOMERY'S COUNTRY INN)
1922 EXTERIOR

 

Disney, Frank, Oliver
WALT DISNEY, TAM OWNER/FOUNDER LAWRENCE L. FRANK, and architect HARRY OLIVER AT THE TAM IN 1960.

 

Tam 1920
TAM O'SHANTER 1922

 

Tam 1930
TAM O'SHANTER PATIO 1930

 

Car Service
CAR SERVICE AT THE TAM, 1930s


Tam 1930
TAM O'SHANTER 1930


Tam server 1970
TAM O'SHANTER SERVER 1970


TAM 1970
TAM O'SHANTER SERVERS 1970

     
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