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  • Walt's Table at the Tam O' Shanter Inn

    I'm not really sure if this is where this post should go, but this is the place that made the most sense. Please move this if it is neccessary.

    This post is a long time coming. Why I didn't write it sooner, I'm not entirely sure. But I'm writing it now, so here we go. From 2003 - 2006, I was a waitress at the Tam O' Shanter Inn. For those who don't know, it was the first Lawry's restaurant, opened in 1922 in the Atwater Village area of Los Angeles (between Glendale and Hollywood). It is a prime rib house, and has a Scottish theme. In it's heyday it hosted celebrities and civilians, alike. Over the course of 80+ years it was torn down, renovated and renovated again. I did a story about the place when I first started working there for Jim Hill Media. I can't find the link, but this was the closest I could find: To this day, "The Tam" has two celebrity tables: John Wayne's table (number 15), and Walt's table (number 31).
    If you go to the Tam and ask to sit at Walt's table, you will be taken to a lovely table in the main dining room, also known as the flag room. It's in the corner, right beside the fireplace. Above it is a false stained glass window with a little statue of a knight sitting in the sill. It's the perfect table for a celebrity/visionary, as you can sit in a corner, barely noticeable, and still be able to see everything that's going on.
    I know it's hubris, but I like to think that if it weren't for my little story, Disney would never have put that special feature, "At Walt's Table", on the Cinderella DVD. After all, I had never heard of the Tam being linked with Disney history before I'd pulled into their parking lot on a whim, seen all the John Hench artwork and immediately applied for a job there. I once waited on a group from New York who'd come because they'd specifically read my story. And when I found out people from Disney were going to take pictures of the table, I got up really early that day and made everything extra pretty. But they didn't show up.
    Nope, they decided to show up on a day I had a fever and was too sick to go into work. All of those Disney legends and legends-in-the-making went in... and used the wrong table!
    Oh, I was so upset when I saw the feature that they had used a round table in the center of the room! It wasn't even a table from that room, no! They used a table from another room and pretended that that was the original table. I guess they were trying to put an Arthurian spin on the whole thing. But the whole thing ticked me off! I told a fellow waiter about the whole thing, and he said, "Maybe we've had it wrong the whole time? Maybe they're right?" I stomped my foot on the floor for emphasis with each word, and I said, "No! They're messing with history and it's not right!" At that point I think he thought I was a looney bird and changed the subject.
    It just kills me. I know that there are now families who go to the Tam, and they say they want to eat at Walt's table. So the sweet hostess takes them to table 31, and then the family gets atitude and says, "No, Walt's table!" And they'll point to table 33 or 37 (because I swear the table keeps moving in the feature), and they'll proudly exclaim "That one". As though they know better.
    So just so you know, Disney was wrong. They purposely used the wrong table because the center one made a better show. Think of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", when that dude chooses the fancy cup because it looks like the cup of a king, when he should've chosen the cup of a carpenter. Yup.
    I feel better now. The truth is out, now.
    Last edited by Alchimedes; 10-13-2007, 09:45 PM. Reason: Calmed down and fixed the grammar.
    Oo-de-lally!

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    Re: Walt's Table at the Tam O' Shanter Inn

    A whole bunch of MiceChatters went there for lunch 2 years ago, and had Walts table set aside as "reserved". It was a great afternoon in a special place. We all sat at the table, having our photos taken. Morrigoon even Photoshopped a ghostly Walt in the photos, it was great!

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      Re: Walt's Table at the Tam O' Shanter Inn

      Wow, I wasn't aware of this. I go by there almost every weekend to go eat at Mimi's across the way. I think I'll be giving that restaurant a try next time I go by the area.

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        Re: Walt's Table at the Tam O' Shanter Inn

        I go to this restaurant frequently and I love it. Last time I went, Alice Davis was dining there!


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          Re: Walt's Table at the Tam O' Shanter Inn

          It's pretty nifty. In the curio cabinet in the front lobby, there are pictures of Walt and Guy Williams. On one of the walls is a picture by John Hench of Mickey and the gang wearing kilts and tams, and standing around Lawrence Frank, the founder. Those boxes of Scottish wafers that they sell at that coffee shop on Main St. make me smile, because it looks as though they're wearing the same kilts. My goodness, Olympicnut, I think I may have worked the day you all were there! At least, I remember there was this one party one afternoon who'd taken up a few tables in the main dining room, and they'd asked to be at Walt's table. Very happy group.
          I got some nice "tips" at the Tam. One of the women from that New York group had membership through her company to Club 33, and said she'd let me go any time I'd like. So I took my mom for her birthday, once. Another time, there were some women who worked for TDA, and one lady gave me a one-day park-hopper pass (they also gave me a real tip, so it was a good night)!
          If it's your first time going, the holiday season is just about to start. We were allowed to dress up for Halloween, and some employees really get into it. During the Christmas season, the whole place is decorated, and Dickens carolers go from table to table at diner-time. It is a bit pricier than Mimi's, but the food is very good.
          Oo-de-lally!

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            Re: Walt's Table at the Tam O' Shanter Inn

            Originally posted by Olympicnut View Post
            A whole bunch of MiceChatters went there for lunch 2 years ago, and had Walts table set aside as "reserved". It was a great afternoon in a special place. We all sat at the table, having our photos taken. Morrigoon even Photoshopped a ghostly Walt in the photos, it was great!

            That thread was a hoot! Loved the pics of everyone
            with "The Ghost of Walt"

            maybe it's time to summon his spirit back ~ with another
            trip to the Tam O'Shanter
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            • #7
              Re: Walt's Table at the Tam O' Shanter Inn

              Back in the 70's...a bunch of us including guys and gals from the Studio and Imagineering...used to dine there almost every Friday afternoon for several years. I think the Tam had changed its name to "The Great Scot" during that period of time. We always hung around the bar and carvey at those lunches. Such fun.

              Had more formal dinners there dozens of times over the years. Great beef hash! And if it's cold and rainy outside...it's the perfect spot to dine at to get all warm and toasted...er...I mean toasty!

              Yes, it is fun at Christmastime.

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