This past Saturday night most of the local television stations were at Dimples for its closing night. Opened in 1982, Owner Sal Farraro was there to say goodnight to all his regulars and them some.
Dimples, known as America’s first Karaoke Club, drew all the regulars and Saturday night was no different which included even a couple of celebrities.
Frequently you could stop by any night of the week and catch regular wannabe singers trying out the microphone. In its heyday when celebrities were done taping at NBC or nearby Warner Brothers Studios, they would end the night at Dimples as shown in this YouTube video promo of the place www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZEL4fE7LZE.
Sitting on a bar stool watching the crowd and posing for pictures was Burbank resident and actor Dennis Haskins also known as Principal Richard Belding from the TV sitcom “Saved by the Bell.” Haskins, who has been a personal friend of Farraro for many years, was on hand to see Dimples’ final night in Burbank come to an end.
Dimples is closing to make way for the Talaria at Burbank project. The Talaria at Burbank will be a premium residential rental community built in the heart of the Burbank Media District of Burbank right across the street from The Burbank Studios, Clear Channel and Warner Brothers and a short distance from The Walt Disney Company and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.
Dimples, who was featured recently on Jon Taffer’s “Bar Rescue,” was redesigned and its menu totally changed. Shortly after the show aired, Farraro resorted back to how the bar was prior to the show.
Farraro said he is in negotiations with a couple of other locations and says Dimples will be back soon and the final curtain hasn’t closed just yet nor has the fat lady sung her final karaoke song.