The Main Course

This will only be of interest to certain friends of mine. Hey, Certain Friends of Mine! Remember that great little restaurant I took you to over on Pico Boulevard a block west of Beverly Glen? The little hole-in-the-wall place called The Main Course? You were skeptical at first but one bite of their food — especially if you took my advice and ordered the turkey meatloaf — prompted you to thank me for introducing you to a great, albeit tiny place to eat.

They’ve closed and they posted this message on their webpage…

Dear Customers! The Main Course restaurant is out of business due to changing circumstances surrounding our lease. We want to thank you for your continued support over the last 37 years! We will miss you!

We’ll miss you too, Main Course. I assume “changing circumstances surrounding our lease” means a landlord raising the rent sky-high, which seems to be happening more and more these days. It won’t be long before every little, independent merchant will be displaced by a big chain. I wouldn’t mind that as much if Applebee’s or Outback could make a turkey meatloaf a tenth as good as the one served at the Main Course.

Their statement makes no mention of looking for a new building in which to reopen. In the past, every time a favorite restaurant of mine has shuttered, they’ve said they will find a place to again flourish…or sometimes, they say they already have a location and are just dickering to nail down the fine points of the contract. I can’t recall one that ever actually reappeared, at least in anywhere near its previous form. Sad…but that’s just how it is.

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