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Spring 2016

Future Tam Patio: A Link to the Past

Harkening back to a 75-year-old tradition beloved by Walt Disney, the Tam O’Shanter is bringing an al fresco dining experience to Atwater Village.

The new patio will feature a massive stucco and creek rock fireplace. The new patio will feature a massive stucco and creek rock fireplace.

TWO YEARS AGO, our oldest restaurant’s history inspired us when we created a new logo and bold neon sign as well a new menu and server uniforms for the Tam O’Shanter. Since then, like the surrounding Atwater Village area, the Tam has been bustling with vibrancy. We’re excited about the next big step in this ongoing revitalization. Later this year, we’ll be adding a fantastic new patio – like none you’ve ever seen.

Founder Lawrence Frank set the precedent for al fresco dining at the Tam in the 1930s.

With seating for forty-two and serving both the bar and dinner menus, it will occupy a section of the current parking lot adjacent to Los Feliz Blvd.

Customers enjoying the old patio at The Tam.

Customers enjoying the old patio at The Tam.

The addition will capture the spirit of the Tam O’Shanter, bringing back the energy and atmosphere of a long-gone patio that was popular nearly seventy-five years ago. With it, we’ll open a new chapter in the Tam’s ninety-four-year story.

a truly unique, eye-catching addition

Founder Lawrence Frank set the precedent for al fresco dining at the Tam in the 1930s. Along the side of the building, he installed six tables under slatted wood umbrellas each topped with an electric light in a glass globe. Throughout the ‘40s, these spots were popular with our guests, especially Lawrence’s friend, Walt Disney. At one point, Lawrence had an enclosure built around Walt’s favorite outdoor table so the cartoonist and his mates could work together over lunch even in chilly weather.

The Tam's old patio and exterior in the 1940s.

The Tam’s old patio and exterior in the 1940s.

The new patio will feature a massive stucco and creek rock fireplace modeled after the one in the Tam’s original Hansel and Gretel-style dining room.

The Tam's original dining room.

The Tam’s original dining room.

Guests will enjoy cozy lounge seating on either side of the hearth and a whimsical rose covered wood trellis above. Landscaping will include flowers and shrubs reminiscent of the Scottish countryside. Mature trees will provide daytime shade. Colorful lamps hanging from their limbs and festoon lights crisscrossing the dining area will sparkle at night.

The patio will be a truly unique, eye-catching addition, a place for fun and relaxation bound to generate a lot of buzz among our guests and in the wider community.

We do want to let you know that you may experience minor inconvenience during construction. City building codes require some remodeling to the restaurant to compensate for the increased seating capacity. Parking may be temporarily affected, but we’ll work hard to keep disruptions to a minimum.

Thanks in advance for your patience during the coming construction period. We’re confident that the new patio will make our landmark restaurant better than ever, honoring our past as we build for the future.

Tam O'Shanter

2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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