If you're celebrating Columbus Day today, Govind Armstrong's Melrose Avenue burger joint 8 oz. Burger Bar will help you out. They're extending their happy hour(s) today in honor of the federal holiday, which was established in 1934 by Franklin Roosevelt. If you want to know where your postal carrier and banker are, you may find them there, eating sliders and throwing back sidecars. Why would you celebrate an Italian explorer's 'discovery' of the New World by eating a hamburger and not, say, a plate of fritto misto? Drink enough Skyscraper lug nut lager and it won't really matter. Squint your eyes. Pretend you're in the East Indies.

8 oz. Burger Bar: 7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-0008.

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