Kate Mantilini Leaving Beverly Hills After 27 YearsBy Lesley Balla
May 14, 2014 By Lesley Balla | May 14, 2014
It's the end of an era for "industry" power lunchers, late-night diners and families who grew up around Beverly Hills: Kate Mantilini will close its doors on Saturday, June 14. Opened by Harry Lewis and his wife Marilyn, founders of the Hamburger Hamlet chain in the 80s, Kate Mantilini was the place to go for big plates of comfort food at all hours of the day. The Lewis' sons, David and Adam, who now operate the family business, say that it was a lease issue. "We could not come to terms with the new owners of the building," they said in a statement. "Open for 27 years, we have acted as commissary to the entertainment industry, engagements engaged-in, weddings planned, and a generation of then-infants and now-adults have graced our Morphosis-designed Kate Mantilini. We hope to see you in Woodland Hills." That location, which opened in 2003, will remain open.
A couple years ago, the restaurant dolled up a bit for its 25th anniversary, added a new cocktail menu and uniforms that paid homage to Harry and his fame as Edward "Toots" Bass, one of the henchman in Key Largo. Harry, who died last year, and Marilyn opened the first Hamburger Hamlet on the Sunset Strip in the 1950s. It swiftly became a hot spot for celebrities like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan. Because of its close proximity to entertainment powerhouses, Kate Mantilini became the go-to diner for movers and shakers. "Those potatoes," hash browns layered with sour cream and spring onions, will be missed.