El Coyote Cafe

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El Coyote Cafe Los Angeles Aug 2022.jpg
Exterior of El Coyote Cafe, 2022
Restaurant information
EstablishedMarch 5, 1931; 91 years ago (1931-03-05)
Street address7312 Beverly Boulevard
CityLos Angeles
CountyLos Angeles
StateCalifornia
Postal/ZIP Code90036
Coordinates34°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
Websitewww.elcoyotecafe.com

El Coyote Cafe is a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles which opened on March 5, 1931.[1]

History[edit]

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.[2] They have a seating capacity of 375.[1]

Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski ate their last meal at El Coyote, on the night of August 8, 1969; they were later murdered by three members of the Manson Family. The movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood recreated the scene, using the same booth Tate sat in when she dined there.[3]

In 2008 activists called to boycott the Cafe after it became known that Marjorie Christoffersen, a manager at the restaurant and daughter of the owner, had donated $100 in support of Proposition 8, a ballot initiative to block marriage rights for homosexuals.[4][5] Christoffersen held a free brunch for activists in which Christoffersen apologized for causing offense, but refused to renounce her support of the ban, which she attributed to her Mormon faith. The boycott was partly because the restaurant had been known as a gay hangout, which "hit too close to home" according to one organizer. The boycott was responsible for slashing revenue by 30%.[6]

El Coyote celebrated its 80th anniversary on March 13, 2011, with 75¢ dinner specials.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b About El Coyote Archived January 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Larchmont Chronicle Story Archive: El Coyote Café". Larchmont Chronicle. Archived from the original on October 22, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2006.
  3. ^ Nickolai, Nate (July 30, 2019). "An L.A. Locations Guide to 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' –". Variety. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  4. ^ Zavis, Alexandra; Holland, Gale; Grad, Shelby (November 12, 2008). "Gay marriage backers threaten boycotts of pro-Prop. 8 restaurants". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Derrick, Lisa (November 11, 2008). "Prop 8 Boycott Called on Legendary El Coyote Restaurant". Shadowproof. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Carlton, Jim (December 27, 2008). "Gay Activists Boycott Backers of Prop 8". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 1, 2016.