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Benita’s – Santa Monica, CA (closed?)

Submitted by mich on Saturday, 13 December 2008No Comment - 24,381 views

This must have been the first “Belgian Fries” shop in the US. I understand it was established in the beginning of the 90-ies, long before Pommes Frites in NYC, who always claim to be the first. It’s owner was a certain Matt Halliday.

 They used to be at 1437 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica but moved later to Universal City Walk (address I found on some website: 1000 Universal Center Drive – Universal City California, 91608 – Phone: (818) 505-8834). They closed down some years ago (in or before 2003 according to some of my email correspondents).

I did find some weird document on the Internet mentioning Benita’s Frites Inc in some courtcase in the Philippines (it doesn’t mention a date though): read here. Update Dec 13 2008: searching the Internet I also found the courts decision! Turns out it was a dispute over the use of a logo … Other documents on this (from 2005) is located here and here and here (2007). Looks like Benita’s lost the case. Maybe that is why they had to close?

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