• Sep 3rd 2009 at 8:29AM
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Some of you might remember seeing the 2010 Nissan GT-R and its supercar friends running around the Angeles National Forest. We mention this because the big, bad Nissan and the three Ferraris, the Viper and the M6 all stopped for lunch at the Hidden Springs Cafe. You can see the restaurant's parking lot at the end of the video. And with good reason – for the last 32 years, everyone has stopped at Hidden Springs.

Located about halfway up Big Tujunga Canyon where it connects with Angeles Forest Highway – two of LA's premier canyon roads – you just stop when you round the corner and see the cafe that looks like a big red barn. If you're hungry they cook you a burger, thirsty they give you a Gatorade – or most times, you just stop, stretch your legs and change drivers. Besides, there's always a motorized object of interest (or ten) to be found parked out front.

Err, there was, as the place burned down two days ago in the Los Angeles Station Fire, one of the largest fires in the history of Los Angeles. We're hoping Hidden Springs rebuilds, because otherwise a tiny but wonderful chapter of LA automotive culture has been lost forever.

The Los Angeles Times has a harrowing account of what the Hidden Springs Cafe owners went through before they knew for certain (but highly suspected) that the restaurant was gone.

[Source: Los Angeles Times]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hello all, as for Hidden Springs Cafe....keep all the memories you have of us. We were out of the area for fire insurance...There could never be another Hidden Springs Cafe..
      As we expected this is for all the riders....


      Thank you all for all the support and to all the ones who stopped by .....this is not over for us..Our mother lived above the cafe ..she lost everything ..she was away on a trip and came home to no home and only a suitcase with a few clothes, my brothers just made it out..their homes across the road were saved but they too can never return to their homes...as the rains come it will take their homes with the mudslides..and edison will not restore power the canyon. Angeles National Forest will never be as it once was not in our lifetime. All this happen for a reason....BULLSHIT!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jim...I am sorry to hear that you won't be able to rebuild and that the family can no longer live there. I remember helping build and wire the porch covering. I hope everyone is doing great.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, I don't doubt they'll rebuild it. It'll get a bit of added fame from this as well. And I'd bet they can make it much better equipped now than it ever was.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not being a nit-picker, but the article says the place is the "Hidden SPRINGS" cafe. The sign on the building says Hidden Springs too. If they rebuild, maybe they can call it Hidden Hills. ;)

      It's a shame. Big fires are about the scariest things on earth. If they tell you move, Move! ASAP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw that article in the LA Times the other day, and I feared that the cafe was doomed. I hope they can rebuild. Fortunately, it looks like the firefighters may have succeeded in saving the Mt. Wilson Observatory. The loss of that would be huge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hidden Springs Cafe. was my second home , The one place to stop when , its 32: out side , and mom would bring me out a hot chocolate, to warn me up. Thank you MOM .,Jim ,Jamice ,Ottois>. Your all great people , Hey we can still eat and and enjoy at Hidden Springs , Lets Have weekend Barbeque's , and get back togeather.Thairs no other place i like to go, But to Hidden Springs,
      Im thinking you all Graham & Rosie
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is a site taking donations for my grandmother's cafe .... http://socalnorton.com/index.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, that sucks.

      Here's to them rebuilding it bigger and better than ever!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully the people who frequently visited (Ferrari owners, etc) will help out by donating to get it back up and running.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope the business had insurance and want need donations.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dunno. I think its more important that they continue business more than ever after the fact than donation. Thats what'll keep her going forever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That does suck.
      The place looks pretty cool.
      Wayne Deja
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember back in 1978 when the flashflood hit the tavern below this restaurant and killed I think 13 people....I was there the week before having some beers....the guy running this cafe said it sounded like 100's of big trains coming down the canyon.....
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