Hamburger Mary's - Oscar Espada
IN THE HEART OF BOYS TOWN, MARY REIGNS
It was in San Francisco where this very successful chain of restaurants started back in 1972. Today Hamburger Marys has 11 franchises in the United States with plans to expand overseas in Australia, Costa Rica and Mexico. The West Hollywood site, located in the heart of the Santa Monica Boulevard strip at Sweetzer Avenue, just across from the West Hollywoods City Hall opened in 2002 and is one of the citys favorite hang out places.
Hamburger Mary's is not just a place to eat; it offers multiple activities and entertainment every night of the week. Whether it's the immensely popular Celebrity Bingo on Wednesday night, Thursday Karaoke hosted by the famous comedian Jackie Beat, the all-you-can-eat taco bar on Tuesday or Ladies Night with live bands on Sundays, you can count of having a great time when you visit Hamburger Marys West Hollywood.
What makes this place special? The answer could be any of the following:
Co-owners Dale Warner and Ruben Lopez acquired the business a few years ago and consider the move the smartest they ever made in their lives; not only has it proven to be a wonderful investment, it has given them the chance to meet a diversity of interesting people and regular clients, many of whom have become good friends. This is not only their business, it is an important part of their social life, as they often spend evenings there having a great time watching customers enjoy the friendly, casual environment while making sure everything is running smoothly.
Each of the Mary's locations supports local charities with portion of the proceeds going to benefit many worthwhile causes. On a recent exuberant Bingo Night hosted by the ever-popular entertainer Bellaire, local celebrities from Television Reality shows, popular West Hollywood Gyms, and even porn stars donated their time and efforts to make the evening a memorable one. Comedian Judy Tenuta, Honey Labrador from Queer eye for the Straight girl, Adam Larson from Road Rules, Drew Daniel and Mirellas Reynolds from Big Brother and Porn Stars Benjamin Bradley and Ethan Reynolds (see picture above) among others, took turns to co-host the raucous evening with the effervescent Bellaire.
On this occasion, the beneficiaries were two worthy charities: Project Angel Food and HALSA (HIV& Aids Legal Services Alliance). Valuable items, from celebrity autographed photos, dinner certificates for renowned restaurants to private work-out sessions with trainers from some of the most famous Gyms in the city were auctioned to benefit laudable causes.
The great diversity of businesses along the Santa Monica Boulevard Strip make WeHo an ideal location to shop, eat, drink, party or work-out. Whether you're looking for casual eateries, chic restaurants, fun bars, interesting bookstores or wonderful clothing boutiques chances are you'll find them along this picturesque and bustling area.
Judging by the crowds that pack Hamburger Marys every evening and the loyal brunch and lunch clientele on any given day, this is certainly one of the most popular spots in the always-exciting Boys Town: a place where you can eat, drink and.be Mary!.