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Wendy's Santa Monica opened Monday, Jan. 7. A Santa Monica Police Department patrol car was the first paying customer to use the drive-thru.
Photo by Dr. Glen Tistaert
Wendy's Santa Monica opened Monday, Jan. 7. A Santa Monica Police Department patrol car was the first paying customer to use the drive-thru.

News, Santa Monica, Food

New Wendy's Fast Food Restaurant Opens In Santa Monica On Lincoln Boulevard

Posted Jan. 7, 2013, 12:32 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica business owner Dr. Glen Tistaert snapped this photo at 10:45 a.m. today -- the first drive-through customer at the new Wendy's at 1340 Lincoln Boulevard (near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard).

The fast food restaurant, which replaces Arby's, opened at 10 a.m. to the public.

Dr. Tistaert said it seemed ironic that the first car through was a Santa Monica police car.

"We do not know if the officer realized he was the first through," Dr. Tistaert said. "Jim Tidwell, the project superintendent, drove his pickup truck through as a test run to make sure everything was working and announced it was. Then the officer, not realizing it was the project superintendent on a test run that had just driven through, became the first real client. The Santa Monica police are definitely 'on the job!'"

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Jan. 8, 2013, 9:47:05 am

Candy said...

Is it really necessary to mock SMPD? This article has nothing to do with the new Wendy's opening....give me a is a new year Mirror!! You must be bored if you think this is newsworthy.

Jan. 7, 2013, 10:17:02 pm

Mike said...

So the cool and iconic Arby's sign that some members of our idiotic town council said was an eyesore is replaced by a beautiful, shiny Wendy's? Yeah, that's city planning.

Jan. 8, 2013, 3:11:50 am

mangeleno said...

The newsworthy point is not that Wendy's is open. It's that an SMPD officer was the first drive-thru customer. Put these same facts into the opening of a new Krispy Kreme and who would pay attention?

Jan. 8, 2013, 10:50:57 am

SB said...

My husband and I moved here 2 years ago and missed our Wendy's. We love their Frosty and their Apple Pecan Chicken Salad. We are thrilled that you let us know there is one here now. I can hear the groans from your readers who feel that one should eat at more expensive restaurants but some of us like to have our comfort food now and then.

Jan. 8, 2013, 12:56:04 pm

Sean said...

F this! They replaced Arby;s with this trash food? Sigh..... What the hell is happening to SM?

Jan. 9, 2013, 1:45:18 pm

mangeleno said...

@Sean - the "THEY" is RTM, the folks who owned the local Arby's franchise. Arby's bought Wendy's and offered certain franchisees the "opportunity" to convert their Arby's into Wendy's. RTM accepted the offer as they apparently believe that they can make more $$$ as Wendy's. This is fully in conformance with current city policy where greed trumps everything that made SAMO what it used to be.

Jan. 13, 2013, 9:01:38 am

L. McCann said...

Asleep at the wheel Santa Monica Mirror?Photo journalism at its worst. The FIRST cop car drives up to a Wendys and it becomes news worthy. Oh wait, thats right, the cop car is the first to be there because the "homeless person" has gotten in the dumpsters already. Now that would be news worthy.

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