Q: Velvet Turtle closure

Q: Velvet Turtle closure

There are 12 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Apr 4, 2009, titled Q: Velvet Turtle closure. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

When did the Velvet Turtle restaurant in Redondo Beach open and close? I've talked to the city and they have no idea.

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Ron

Camarillo, CA

#1 Apr 5, 2009
Take it no Velvet Turtles remain open? Only Redondo & Torrance were mentioned in the blip.

Loved the "Green Godess" salad dressing and I also would always order a cup of the cold soup they were also noted for.
Local Resident

Westminster, CA

#2 Apr 5, 2009
I also enjoyed the Green Goddess dressing.

Sad to hear that the days of the "chilled" salad forks are going away.
anon

Santa Monica, CA

#3 Apr 5, 2009
Thanks for that trip down memory lane. Many family milestones and accomplishments were celebrated at that establishment and I'm thankful to have had parents who took me there to understand the difference between "feeding your face" and the fine art of dining.
Sunday brunch at Velvet Turtle!! Now I've got myself thinking about recreating that steak and eggs with the fresh guac and salsa next Sunday just to step back in time a bit...or maybe the eggs benedict. Either one I make I'll be pouring mimosas while I'm cooking!
bjv

AOL

#4 Apr 6, 2009
"anon" is correct..........there is such a difference between "feeding your face" and the fine art of dining. I also enjoyed the Velvet Turtle very much. A class act.

Since: Nov 08

Provo, UT

#5 Apr 6, 2009
Woah. Another fine establishment gone? Can't I leave you guys alone for twenty years without you destroying all my good memories of the South Bay?
Memories

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Apr 6, 2009
That Velvet Turtle was fantastic. Lots of great memories with family and friends over the years. When they closed, all of the servers uniforms ended up at the Goodwill Store on Torrance bLvd. near PCH. I bought one and still have it today. It made a great Halloween costume that I wore to quite a few parties !!!
Native

Temecula, CA

#7 Apr 8, 2009
The Velvet Turtle, Rubin's, The Hungry Tiger, and The Seafood Broiler are all nothing more than a memory. I'm the type of person who is willing to pay a little more for a quiet, classy dining experience. There are very few choices left in the South Bay.

Since: Feb 09

Redondo Beach

#8 Apr 9, 2009
In my opinion, the Velvet Turtle in Riviera Village had the best piano bar in Southern California. I particularly enjoyed the sophisticated jazz voicings of pianist Paul Smith, who was Ella Fitzgerald's accompanist for many years. But even if Paul himself wasn't playing on a particular night, you could count on whoever subbed for him as being top quality.

Ah, the piano bar - another casualty of our ever-coarsening culture.
sambo

Orange, CA

#9 Apr 9, 2009
i miss sambos
Bradley Inhelder

United States

#10 Aug 24, 2012
Spent many nights at the one in Redondo,lived on Gertruda Ave ,had my grad party there in '83.always a good time.I miss the place.
Bill Flippen

Puyallup, WA

#11 Dec 19, 2012
Just drove by a velvet turtle up here in roseburg Oregon. Looks like a bit of a dive bar. It really don't remember the one on pch very much only went there a few times for very special occasions. Any thoughts on the origin of the name?
Mark Morningstar

Manchester Center, VT

#12 Yesterday
Bill Flippen wrote:
Just drove by a velvet turtle up here in roseburg Oregon. Looks like a bit of a dive bar. It really don't remember the one on pch very much only went there a few times for very special occasions. Any thoughts on the origin of the name?
Well, my Mother (Jackie Morningstar) worked at the Original location on PCH for around 10 years in the late 1960's until she left in 1977.

Wally asked my Mother to move to each location he was opening to train all the waitresses in Silver Service for their guests, and sent many of their top waitresses to wine school seminars to learn about the California wines they served.

Wally Botello owned the restaurants and when coming up with a name, asked his daughter what he should name the first restaurant. She said "Call it Sam's", named after her stuffed velvet turtle toy. The first store was called "Sam's Velvet Turtle" then afterwards shortened to "The Velvet Turtle" on subsequent restaurants!

Hope the memory of those fine restaurant days stays with it's patrons!

They were known for their Rack of Lamb, Prime Rib, Dutchess Potatoes (twice baked), Green Goddess dressing and Gazpacho (cold soup).

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