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RESTAURANTS

Original Tommy's

Still an Original

Original Tommy's has been serving up some of southern California's
best burgers for 70 years.
company profile
Original Tommy's
www.originaltommys.com
Headquarters: Monrovia, Calif.
Employees: 500
Specialty: Fast-service restaurants
Robert Castaneda, vice president
of operations: "The chiliburger itself is
not a very common burger, and it's a
burger that we do really well."

>> Original Tommy's has become a southern California institution since it first opened in 1946.

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ven after 70 years, there still

isn't anything like Original
Tommy's. For the last seven decades, the West Coast
favorite hamburger concept has been
serving up fast-food classics paired
with the unmistakable bonus of its
famous chili. In a world where burg-

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er restaurants continue to push the
boundaries of the American standard with ever-more unique flavor
combinations in an attempt to stand
out, Original Tommy's continues to
stand out simply by focusing on what
makes its burgers great. Vice President of Operations Robert Castane-

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da says the Original Tommy's name
has become synonymous with the
best-quality burgers and chili in California and Nevada, and that's all the
gimmick it needs.
The Original Tommy's story begins
in 1946, when Tom Koulax purchased
a hamburger stand known as "The
Shack" in Los Angeles. Koulax started
serving up hamburgers and hot dogs
topped with his special-recipe chili,
and once word began to spread the
stand became extremely busy. By the
mid-1950s, that original location became one of Los Angeles' go-to spots
for burger-lovers, and over the ensuring years Koulax had to expand in order to keep up with his customers.
The original location was expanded in the 1960s to add another serving
station and more dining space, and
by the time the 1970s rolled around
Koulax was in the process of adding
more locations in and around Los
Angeles. At the same time, a slew of
imitators cropped up trying to cash
in on Koulax's notoriety, prompting
him to brand his restaurants as Original Tommy's, with the logo featuring
the original "Shack" location prominently. Today, there are more than 30


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