Fans of Lori's Diner (are there any who actually live here?) will be sad to learn of the closing of the mini-chain's OG location at 336 Mason Street after 32 long years in business. The place spawned four other locations at one point, after this one opened in 1985. But owner Man J. Kim, who also operates Sears Fine Food and the Golden Gate Grill in the neighborhood along with the other Lori's location at 500 Sutter, is giving up the lease on this space, maybe because the rent is going up as Hoodline reports, a note in the window simply says that the lease is expiring after January 2.
The 1950's themed diner has a retro, 1950's theme, which was kind of a trend in the 1980's following on the success of places like Fog City Diner, and nostalgic TV shows like Happy Days.
At one point there were three Lori's locations all within a couple of blocks, with another above Walgreen's on Powell Street, which has since closed. There remains a Lori's outpost at SFO, and the Sutter location will be staying open.
The Yelp reviews on the Mason location are all over the place, but at least one customer from Salt Lake City thought it was terrific, and one reviewer from Berkeley writes, "I literally reset my Apple password to install Yelp to sign up for an account to write this review to say this was the absolute worst service I've ever gotten in my life. I had to wait 45 minutes to order two shakes after 1 AM on a slow night."