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Hole In The Wall Burger Joint Calls It Quits in Santa Monica

The burger stand closed quietly last week

Hole In The Wall Burger Joint
Hole In the Wall Burger Joint
Official photo from Hole In The Wall Burger Joint
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

After flipping burgers for a decade, Santa Monica’s Hole In The Wall Burger Joint closed on May 14. Eater reached out for a comment but has not heard back, and a tipster said the burger stand ceased service a week ago.

When Bill Dertouzos and ex-wife Susan McAlindon opened Hole In The Wall Burger Joint in 2008, the small burger shack focused on one thing: producing a quality, reasonably-priced eight ounce burger. Dertouzos owned a catering company, and brought on McAlindon to run the books.

A classic LA burger stand, the Hole In The Wall Burger Joint operated behind a now closed Winchell’s, with a beach-adjacent location and outdoor seating. Dertouzos insisted on using house made ketchup, with different flavors of mayo, angus beef, and a pretzel roll as signature options. Seasonal burgers made their way on the menu, along with the whimsical addition of a chicken and waffle burger.

The burgers initially cost around $10 but owners increased prices in 2018. Dertouzos and McAlindon used to run a cash-only business, but accepted debit cards in recent years.