Last month, in the middle of December, Mels celebrated its 75-year anniversary by offering 75% off classic menu items. Owner, Steven Weiss notified me about the sale, but unfortunately, I did not get this posted in time for readers to benefit. Oops. Sorry. However, the least I could do was remind folks to be sure to visit a Mels Drive-in next time you’re in the area.As long-time blog readers know, Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs first established Mel’s Drive-in in 1947 and seventy-five years later, it still exists, with four locations in San Francisco and four in Southern California. It is still in the Weiss family, now operated by Colton Weiss; his brother, Chasen Weiss; his father, Steven Weiss; and Gabriel Mendez.
Besides being featured in the classic 1973 nostalgic film, “American Graffiti," Mel's Drive-In was featured in a Snoop Dogg music video and a Pepsi commercial with Doja Cat that aired during the 2021 Super Bowl. Mel's also counts celebrities Al Pacino, Adam Sandler, Paul McCartney, Wiz Khalifa, Andrew Wiggins and Guy Fieri as fans.