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Du-par's Deal Brings Out the Sour and Sweet

June 28, 2004

Why was the story of the sale of Du-par's ("Du-par's Changing Hands but Not Heart or Soul," June 24) written in a feel-good, nostalgic style? The restaurants are being shuttered for two months (or more), the staff essentially fired and restaurant interiors redecorated. Anyone who knows and loves Du-par's understands that the "heart and soul" of the place resides in its staff and atmosphere just as much as in its menu.

It appears that Du-par's in Studio City, like many other landmarks I grew up with in the Valley, is in danger of surviving only in my memory.

Tod M. Tamberg

North Hills

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I'm glad to read that new ownership plans to keep Du-par's "as is." For over 50 years, those hotcakes have been part of my life.

As a boy I was taken by my mom to Studio City. As a parent, my wife and I took our little girl to Van Nuys (now gone). The grown-up little girl brought her parents to meet her future husband at the Farmers Market location.

Smart girl: How could anything go wrong when Dad has a stack of "Dooper-Cakes" in front of him?

Joel Garfield

Tarzana

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