Happy 100th to The Tam O'Shanter

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The Tam O'Shanter, located at 2980 Los Feliz Boulevard, opened its doors in 1922.
The cottage-cute eatery debuted in the heyday of programmatic and fanciful architecture, when novelty buildings popped up around Los Angeles, all to tempt travelers, in their new-fangled cars, to stop for a bite.
Outdoor seating recently returned to The Tam O'Shanter, after a long hiatus. This early view shows that alfresco dining was already in vogue.
Eating in your car? That was also a choice in the eatery's first decades.
If the adorable nature of the building didn't make you stop, the tall sign, promising car service and a "Thick and Rich" malted milk for 15 cents, just might.
A vintage billboard promised people down the road that a treat was in store (especially if you had a hankering for ham and hamburger).
A later era sign, possible from the early 1960s, included the addition of cocktails.
The Tam O'Shanter was a favorite destination for Walt Disney. The legendary animator dined at The Tam often, especially when his studio was just around the corner, on Hyperion Avenue. Fans also note that the style of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" can be seen throughout the restaurant, another connection (and, indeed, Walt Disney was working on the film when he dined regularly at the restaurant). He's pictured here with co-founders Lawrence Frank and Walter Van de Kamp.
A modern view of The Tam O'Shanter's interior. The eatery may have changed in some ways over the year, but it still keeps to its vintage roots.
Happy 100th, dear Tam! We're raising a dram to your next century, and plenty of more Robert Burns celebrations, bagpipe performances, St. Patrick's Day parties, Victorian carolers at Christmas, and your timeless Ale & Sandwich Bar.
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