Monday, June 9, 2014

Gotta Drank! Kate Mantilini

Ever seen the movie Heat?  One of it's many notable moments is a showdown between acting legends Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, playing the best of the best in law enforcement and professional criminal.  Tracking down DeNiro's crew, Pacino asks him to coffee where the two men discuss the path of their existence, their calling and the destruction it wreaks on their personal lives and what will happen when they come face to face in an unfriendly confrontation.  Michael Mann filmed Heat all over Los Angeles and used Kate Mantilini's on Wilshire in Beverly Hills for the historic scene.  We stumbled into Kate's one random Sunday afternoon on our way back from Anaheim's WonderCon in April.  The first thing that caught my eye was a drink dubbed "Table 24" in honor of the scene from Heat.  Realizing we were in the restaurant where the scene filmed, I got suddenly giddy and sent a text to some other fans of the film that a piece of it's production was literally next door to us for the last 5 years.  On your way out is a large framed photo of the two stars filming the scene.  It was pretty empty on that Sunday afternoon but we went back with some Heat aficionados to celebrate the film (and were seated next to 24) and the fact that Kate's is closing after 30 some years as a Beverly Hills landmark.  Unable to come to terms with rising rent costs, management has decided to shutter it's doors and focus on their remaining Woodland Hills location.  The joint is upscale American fare with crowd favorites like Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie and Meatloaf along side a decent sized Brunch menu.  The Table 24 is a Scotch based citrus medley complete with huge square of ice and blackberry garnish which got me feeling a little happy after one and a half of them...

Kate Mantilini's closes it's doors in Beverly Hills for good on Saturday, 6.14.14.  Get there!

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