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Hamburger Hamlet XP Leaves Larchmont Village

A truck is loaded up with tables and chairs from Hamburger Hamlet.
A truck is loaded up with tables and chairs from Hamburger Hamlet.

Larchmont Village shoppers noticed the black paper on the windows at 217 N Larchmont this weekend, and on Monday we found a truck parked outside with movers taking out the tables and chairs of the small Hamburger Hamlet XP.

HamburgerHamlet1One of the movers on site told the Buzz the burger chain found business wasn’t brisk enough on the boulevard. The management at the Hamlet Group in Sherman Oaks did not respond to our queries. The XP branch opened on Larchmont Blvd. in June of 2012.

The string of LA-based Hamburger Hamlets was founded by actor Harry Lewis who died this year in June, but had sold off the Hamburger Hamlet chain in 1987. According to some sources, Lewis named the place intending it as a location where actors could hang out, and every actor dreamed of playing Hamlet.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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  1. It’s potentially a great space but Hamlet and the Mexican restaurant that previously occupied the space created a very antiseptic and uninviting atmosphere. It can’t be that hard to create a space people want to sit in and eat. Larchmont is littered with culinary success stories.

  2. Doomed to fail, we need a non sushi Asian fusion we need a CHIN CHIN EXPRESS everyone who agrees send emails lets get a good healthy place to eat lunch.

  3. What a waste of our beautiful street trees. Once The Hamlet had the trees removed, I had no interest in supporting their establishment. Hopefully the landlord will be a little more selective in the future

  4. What we really need is a little gourmet market to pick up produce, prepared foods and other food staples. It would be the most popular spot on the block.

  5. This was a “once” place to eat. The food was simply not
    tasty and the bare walls reverberated sound to the point it was
    unpleasant to be there. No neighborhood restaurant can survive on
    one visit customers. You have to hope the locals come back every
    few weeks and the visitors fill in the rest. Didn’t happen here. I
    ate at Hamburger Hamlet in Westwood many years ago and the food was
    attractive and tasty. In Larchmont it was dry, not attractive and
    definitely not tasty. Too bad; it could have been so much different
    but management probably never ate there.


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