By JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ
ATWATER VILLAGE — The Tam O’ Shanter is bringing back it’s long-gone outdoor patio and wishing well as part of ongoing renovations to one of Los Angeles’ oldest restaurants.
In the 1930’s, the restaurant had tables with umbrellas along the sides of the building. The outdoor seating became very popular with guests, especially Walt Disney. Now, the restaurant wants to create a new outdoor space where a new generation of diners can enjoy some SoCal sun.
“We want to offer the community a great place to gather,” says John Lindquist, General Manager of Tam O’Shanter. “It’s hard to find an outdoor space in the Eastside, and weather here is the perfect for it.”
The new patio space, which will be constructed on a portion of the existing parking lot, would be able to accommodate more than 40 customers and feature an “English garden” vibe. It will include an outdoor fireplace (modeled after the one in Tam’s original Hansel and Gretel-style dining room), mature trees and a wishing well. It will be primarily used as a dining space with availability for private events.
The wishing well is another throwback touch. Many years ago, there was one on the property and the money thrown in for wishes would be given to charity. Once the new patio is opened, the money raised from the new wishing well will be donated to AbilityFirst, a non-profit that provides programs for children and adults with disabilities.
Currently there is no exact time frame for the grand opening, but it is expect it to be this fall.
Jacqueline Fernandez is a Los Angeles-based reporter who’s written for various media outlets such as Los Angeles Wave, The Miami Herald and WLRN-Miami Herald News.
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