DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Everyone has a story about waiting in line late at night at the Original Pantry Café.
At least, that’s what the team at the 90-year-old restaurant believes, and they’re challenging Angelenos to put their best narratives into print, in 500 words or less. Manager José Valdez said the story contest is owner and former Mayor Richard Riordan’s idea, and is intended as a fun way to interact with loyal customers.
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The winning essay will be bronzed and displayed at the restaurant just north of L.A. Live. Valdez’s own favorite story involves the time that workers repaired the roof during a rainstorm.
“We never close, so, people were eating inside holding umbrellas, but people were still waiting to come in,” he said.
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to The Original Pantry “My Story,” 877 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, 90017. All entries must be nonfiction. Deadline is 8:50 p.m. (yes, really, 8:50 p.m.) on Sept. 19. The winner will be announced on pantrycafe.com.
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