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Watching the OSCARS at West Hollywood's HAMBURGER MARY's Restaurant

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have moved our Academy Award viewing party to Hamburger Mary's restaurant in West Hollywood which is only a half block south of our original restaurant location--at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. & Sweetzer Avenue. (It had been recently learned from the manager of our original restaurant location that 2 of their temporary flat screen, special event TV monitors had broken and that their restaurant owner did not wish to incur the expense of replacing them for the Academy Award event when they are already anticipating losing revenue--though one TV remained, it was not really adequate enough for the seating area we were going to be located in).

Hamburger Mary's, by comparison, has one extra large main room flat screen TV monitor with numerous small and medium sized monitors scattered throughout their entire dining room so the show can be viewed from various parts of the restaurant. Their manager is reserving table space for 15 of our members for a 2:45pm arrival and they are going to offer drink specials and have special prize giveaways during commercial breaks. They are excited to have us as their guests.

Though Hamburger Mary's has a very relaxed & casual atmosphere and is not "highbrow," it would still be nice if we can get into the "red carpet" mood by wearing black or semi-dressy attire (though this is only a suggestion, not a demand and whatever you wear should be comfortable for an extended evening).

This year the Academy Awards show is being produced by movie & TV producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and, in addition to popular, modern day performers such as Adele, will also include a nod to legends from its past and feature performances by Barbara Streisand and Shirley Bassey (who performed theme songs for the first two Bond films).

PARKING: There are a number of parking options available, but the best FREE options are more limited and on a first-come, first served basis including a lot just east of the restaurant that is marked Mary's parking. There are also a few FREE spaces at the Weho City Hall parking lot across Sweetzer, but carefully read the signs to note those particular spaces which are marked " no parking" and enforced 24 hours a day. Sweetzer Avenue also has some un-permitted FREE street parking spaces within walking distance of the restaurant.

If all else fails, there is also a nearby city operated pay parking structure about 2 1/2 blocks west at 8383 Santa Monica Blvd. where all day Sunday parking is $8 (though not free is a lot cheaper than getting a parking ticket).

This should be a very fun and special event for us. Jono opted not to host a more regular type viewing party at his home for the Oscars since it is such a special occasion. We can resume with our group's more traditional viewing parties any other time of the year.

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  • Val

    GREAT time! It was nice to see some familiar faces and meet new ones. What a great group of people to watch The Oscars with...and love, Love, LOVE "Hamburger Mary's'" bathroom!!! How can one not when it has its very own disco ball and plays "Dancing Queen" continuously?

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Dale Anne A.

    What a great night! I'm so glad I came and I think Mary's was a terrific venue for the Awards.

    3 · February 25, 2013

  • John

    Fun night with great company. Really made Oscar night go by quickly, and painlessly :) Thank you Jon.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Sheilah

    Carpool anyone? I'm near NoHo/Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys and adjacent

    February 24, 2013

  • Jono

    Fernando, the system advises me that you do no longer have a valid contact e-mail address. Can you please update your account with that ASAP and also e-mail me directly at my personal e-mail address of [masked] (that was previously e-mailed along with my cell number to all those who RSVP'd for the event) to review the possibility of attending tomorrow's Oscar viewing party? Thank you--JONO

    February 23, 2013

  • Jono

    A message/reply to Fernando--the polite and considerate way to ask your question is to e-mail me directly, not in a public forum. Without having met you before and not being more familiar with the degree of your condition--my response is--Sorry, but No--you also are no reachable via e-mail and you never responded to my e-mail request for your phone number. If you wish to participate in our group you do need to abide by our policies. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

    February 23, 2013

  • Sheilah

    Anyone want to carpool!? Near NoHo Studio City/Sherman Oaks/van Nuys/Encino/ and adjacent

    February 23, 2013

  • La s.

    Enjoy everyone

    February 23, 2013

  • Maureen

    Sorry, I already made other plans. Have fun!

    February 21, 2013

  • Sherry B.

    Want to do this!!!

    February 20, 2013

  • Sheilah

    Ah, so I like this addendum!

    February 18, 2013

  • Jono

    Note: If members are SERIOUS and COMMITTED to attending this event and the response supports it, then you are welcome to add your name to our RSVP "wait list" and show up at 2:45pm and we can try to hold a second overflow member table adjacent to our table for 10. Keep in mind that seating on this day is all, first come, first served. And by 3pm the place starts getting packed to even watch the red carpet pre-show (which is a blast with the Weho crowd commenting on everyone's gown and the musical production numbers).

    2 · February 8, 2013

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