The Mailroom is our private dining room at the Old Place which can seat from 9 to 12 people. The mailroom is loaded with history as it is home to the original sorting table from the Cornell post office which the building housed prior to the Old Place Restaurant opening in 1970. Back in the day the room served as a poker room for Tom and his friends to play a friendly game, today it is one of the most amazing private dining rooms in LA!.
The Mailroom is booked on a first come first serve basis and as mentioned can accommodate from 9 – 12 people. The room serves as our chef’s table and is complete with direct service straight form the kitchen and it’s staff. The room is lighted by an antique chandelier held in place by a 100 year old mariners chain, and lots of candles. The ceiling is covered with rustic old pieces of recycled metal, the walls are adorned with original art painted by the matriarch of the Runyon family Barbara Runyon. We have a record player so bring in some of your favorite vinyl to set the mood, if not we always play a little Johnny cash to welcome you in.
For parties larger than 12 we can accommodate you in the main dining room by reserving however many booths and or tables you require for your party. Be reminded that you will be separated by the five foot walls of each booth, but not to worry the informal personality of the Old Place stills lends to a lively atmosphere for most of our guests, I say most because there are those that just don’t get it and probably never will so we only take responsibility for conscious people. The total capacity of our restaurant is 69 people seated.
We are willing to rent out the restaurant but really only on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. If you want to discuss the possibility of doing this during regular business hours, we are willing but be forewarned you will be buying all of regular customers a drink and a steak for the next night we open as an apology for closing down their favorite place! (For Inquiries about larger parties please leave a message on our reservation line and someone will get back to you 818-735-3542).
Cornell Winery just next door offers another option for your private event. Cornell has a long dining room table that can seat 24 people and all of the food is catered from the Old Place kitchen. For inquires please contact Djata Grant, Cornell Special Events Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org