By Kirsten Reinking
Since 1960, Paty’s Restaurant has served up classic diner-style food to the community in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Located in Toluca Lake’s Riverside district, Paty’s is the perfect place for a lingering lunch in a comfortable booth, a quick meal at the kitchen counter, or dessert and people-watching on the outdoor patio. In continual operation for fifty years (with a break in 1999 when the current owner, George Metsos, completely updated the interior), Paty’s celebrates 2010 by remaining committed to providing its customers with good food and great customer service.
On any day at Paty’s you’ll find manager Sharon Mustaller conversing with a mix of locals, entertainment industry employees, celebrities, and tourists who all come to enjoy the diner’s community atmosphere. Among the celebrities who have lunched at Paty’s include Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra, George Clooney, Kevin Costner, Tim Allen, and John Travolta, and Disney stars Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale, and the Jonas Brothers. Manager Bob Greene recalls meeting frequent customer George Lopez for the first time when the comic came to Paty’s to review the script for The George Lopez Show. And Paty’s reputation is now international: German and Italian television shows have produced segments featuring Paty’s for its food and celebrity-sighting.
Regulars and newcomers alike are welcomed with a friendly greeting and the restaurant’s extensive menu which has something for everyone. Breakfast is served all day, including the Original Scrabble, a dish that dates back to the restaurant’s establishment. Other recommended items include the hamburgers, classic deli sandwiches, and the patty melts. Also recommended is the Broasted Chicken Special, priced at $7.99 on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you’re looking to go light, Paty’s has a separate page for its Fitness Menu, featuring egg white omelettes and vegetarian sandwiches. Paty’s was one of the first restaurants to start using trans fat-free oils in its kitchen. Those in the mood for dessert should try the restaurant’s famous layer cake.
Paty’s is also active in community service and donates food for the local Fire Department’s pancake breakfast and LAPD events for its North Hollywood division. Paty’s plans on hosting LAPD’s “Tip a Cop Day.” In 2002, the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce awarded Paty’s with a Business of the Year. As an additional honor, State Senator Alex Padilla is currently working on a resolution to officially commemorate Paty’s anniversary along with Councilmember Tom LaBonge and other city officials.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Paty’s invites you to a “nostalgia price” day on Wednesday, June 30th. Breakfast specials and hamburgers will start at $1.50, dinner specials at $3.50, and coffee at 50 cents a cup.
Located on 10001 Riverside Drive, Paty’s is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for dine-in and take-out. For further information or to reserve a room for meetings, please call (818) 761-0041, or you may visit their website at www.patysrestaurant.com