El Coyote Cafe

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Restaurant information
Street address 7312 Beverly Boulevard
City Los Angeles
County Los Angeles
State California
Postal code/ZIP 90036
Coordinates 34°4′33.61″N 118°20′57.31″W / 34.0760028°N 118.3492528°W / 34.0760028; -118.3492528Coordinates: 34°4′33.61″N 118°20′57.31″W / 34.0760028°N 118.3492528°W / 34.0760028; -118.3492528
Website www.elcoyotecafe.com

El Coyote Cafe is a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles that celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2011. The event was officially celebrated on March 13 with 75¢ dinner specials,[1] although the restaurant actually opened on March 5 in 1931. [2]


Opened in 1931 by Blanche and George March, the tiny cafe was originally located at First and La Brea. In 1951 El Coyote moved to its present location on Beverly Blvd. Today there are eight rooms and a patio where an average of 1,000 meals are served daily. Their margaritas have been voted the city’s “best” by Los Angeles magazine and the Los Angeles Times. They have also grown to 95 staff members. [1] They have a seating capacity of 375. [2]


El Coyote Cafe became involved in a boycott by the gay and lesbian community after it became known that Marjorie "Margie" Christoffersen, the restaurant manager (and daughter of the owner) had financially supported Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to eliminate marriage rights from the gay and lesbian community. The restaurant held a press conference attended by local news outlets requesting a lift on the ban and to allow Ms. Christoffersen to explain her position. Ms. Christoffersen reiterated her support of Prop. 8 before being escorted out the rear exit.[3]

Frontiers Magazine reported in December 2008 that Christoffersen would resign as manager and from the board. [4]


Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski ate their last meal at the El Coyote, on the night they were later murdered by the Manson Family.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Larchmont Chronicle Story Archive: El Coyote Cafe
  2. ^ a b About El Coyote
  3. ^ Prop 8 Boycott Called on Legendary El Coyote Restaurant
  4. ^ Dark Destination
  5. ^ Dark Destinations
  6. ^ Prop 8 Boycott Called on Legendary El Coyote Restaurant