David Lentz's The Hungry Cat opened seven years ago, a little ode to New England seafood shacks located in what might be the antithesis of a breezy seaside town: a tiny courtyard off of Vine between the smoggy nightmares that are Hollywood and Sunset boulevards, kitty-corner from a now-defunct Borders and next to the just-shuttered Cafe Was. Nonetheless, the restaurant has not only survived, it has thrived, what with its lobster roll and fantastic cocktails, and two more restaurants in the perhaps more likely locations in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara.
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Today, however, is all about the oldest of the restaurant children. The Hungry Cat's Hollywood location celebrates its seventh birthday tonight with $1 oysters, plus specials on cocktails and beer. Happy birthday, Hungry Cat. May be this just the beginning of your nine lives.