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Sardo’s in Burbank to Close on July 28

The following letter was written by Seymour Satin to patrons of Sardo’s on Pass Avenue in Burbank:

Sardo’s is Closing Down
Our Last night will be on Friday, July 28th when we close our doors.

It is with great regret that I need to close Sardo’s.  The reason you ask, financially I cannot go on.  Costs are up and business is down.  My rent was raised on January 1st and I am paying $10,000 per month plus the cost of labor, product, insurance and as I stated business has been down for a while.  I have tried to sell Sardo’s but with the rent so high, no buyers are interested.

I tried to find another location the past 2 years but Burbank is extremely difficult to move a business, especially a bar!  Parking is a major issue, where you need 10 parking spaces for every 1.000 sq. ft. and that doesn’t exist in Burbank!

I truly appreciate everyone that has come to Sardo’s over the years and I am extremely proud of what I’ve seen over the past 14.5 years.  People getting married, the close friendships I’ve seen grown and they all met at Sardo’s and seeing the staff (past and present) grow up to have families.

As my staff will tell you, I have referred to many as my daughters as they have become family and that is why I continued Sardo’s over the years when I had the opportunity to sell and I didn’t.

I’d like to think I’ve had a part in developing an atmosphere where people feel relaxed and make friends.

Sardo’s has become a family, bottom line and that is what I’m proud of. Helping the staff and clients over the years either financially or support was never in question and seeing them grow is what I always said, “I was brought into Sardo’s January 1, 2003 for a reason and I have no regrets.”

My future is unknown, I’ll take it day by day.
So, come on out and enjoy for the next few days while we are still open.

Thank you all for your support over the years.

Seymour Satin

Burger Review: Sardo’s Grill & Lounge

I usually always go for the signature burger when doing a review but Sardo’s Special Burger has one ingredient that I can’t handle, Ortega Peppers. I know, I’m weak.

sardos1Instead, I went for the Deluxe Burger with cheese that goes for $7.25 and includes french fries, which is a good deal – although it really can’t be called a good deal until going through a taste test.

The inside of Sardo’s is welcoming and there are numerous televisions around for sports viewing. There is a full bar and it was not too crowded at lunch time (1 pm).

When ordering the burger I was asked how I would like it cooked which is always a great sign of things to come and of course I asked for medium rare. But when I asked for cheddar cheese I was told I had a choice between American and Swiss – not good. Really? No cheddar?

sardos3The burger is served with the patty on one bun and the condiments on the top bun. While the patty is not hand packed, it appears to be machine pressed either at the restaurant or bought fresh. It is nice and thick and after the first bite was cooked medium rare which was full of juice.  Still, my one big problem is with the cheese, besides the fact it was American, it looked like a thin piece that did not cover the patty. I really like to see that cheese covering the patty and oozing on the sides.

sardos4While the bun is toasted and good size, by putting the large patty directly on the bun without any dressing, it causes the bun to start soggy right from the start when you pick it up. By the time you are half done you feel the bottom bun starting to give up the ghost.

While the top bun and condiments are nice with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, the amount of thousand island dressing used in downright pathetic. It seems as though it has been rationed or they used a tea spoon to spread it on.  There is not enough there for any flavor and you are forced to either ask for more or use the provided ketchup and mustard bottles.

sardos2Overall, the taste is fine and there are parts of the burger that work.  I did not taste much seasoning on the patty, but it was fresh. The condiments were fresh and the bun was the right side.  It is there as far as the beginnings of a good burger but it is not just quite there because in all honesty I just did not fell the love behind it.

Side Notes: The fries were ordered well done and came somewhat that way but it felt the grease was old. I will give the fries a passing grade but they could have been better. While they seem to offer an OK lunch and dinner menu, you get the feeling that this place is more about the bar and karaoke they have every night and the food is something that they just serve.

Sardo’s Grill & Lounge is located at 259 N. Pass Ave. Burbank, Phone: (818) 846-8127.
Open Daily 11 am till 2 am

Sardo’s Grill & Lounge receives: On The Marquee

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Above Average)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)

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Fire at Sardo’s Closes Restaurant

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank firefighters received a call at 7 am Monday of smoke coming from Sardo’s Bar and Grill located in the Lakeside Shopping Center on Pass Avenue.  The first call was placed by an off duty Los Angeles City Firefighter.

Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters reported light smoke in the interior and made entry to the restaurant to find that a small fire had started in the kitchen area.  The fire was declared out at 7:15 am.

23 firefighters in total responded along with Burbank police who provided traffic assistance.

No injuries were reported and the incident is currently under investigation for cause and origin.

A sign on the Sardo’s door states that the restaurant will be closed for about  week and will also need to be inspected by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)