After spending the last 25 years entombed beneath a dull drop ceiling and the beigest of beige drywall, Santa Monica’s vintage 1959 Penguin coffee shop is being restored to its Googie glory now Mel's Drive in!
The original Penguin featured high ceilings, huge windows, and sparkling terrazzo floors—all of which plans to include in the new Mel’s, which will also feature a juice bar, craft beers on tap, and phone charging stations at every table.
“We’re so excited to bring back this Googie style building,” Weiss said. “And be able to serve customers in a beautiful restaurant 24 hours a day.” Weiss has previously opened Mel’s locations in the historic Max Factor building in Hollywood, and rehabbed two other midcentury coffee shops: Kerry’s in Sherman Oaks, and Ben Frank’s on the Sunset Strip. This will be Mels 70th year and we will be celebrating at all locations!
Were excited to serve you in Santa Monica 24/7