Carmageddon 2011 - Turn the Traffic Into Some Great Deals

The 405 closure is expected to create such chaos that it is now being called "Carmageddon." Out of the chaos you can find some great deals as businesses are putting a positive spin on the event. We have put together some of the more enticing deals out there, so make the most of a bad situation.

Begin your weekend this Friday by attending the official Car-Mageddon kick-off party at Wokcano Santa Monica. Festivities begin at 5PM and music the drink specials will go all night. The Car-Mageddon.com team will be on-site with a live Twitter station and official Car-Mageddon.com t-shirts for sale. Wokcano drink specials include a $3.00 "Flat Tire" Beers, $5.00 "Traffic Jam" Shots and $7.00 "Car" Jack & Cokes. Happy Hour will take place 5PM-7PM. Music will be provided by DJ Hapa.

Wokcano Kick-Off Party

Guests are encouraged to dress in "405 Freeway" attire (ie. Construction Hats, Street Signs, Bridges, Surface Streets, Maps, Bumpers, Exhaust Pipes, Traffic Jams, etc). Get creative! There will be a costume contest for the most creative and will winner will receive a custom-made beach cruiser from Sole Bicycles. Dinner reservations available by calling Wokcano at 310-458-3080. Group and table reservations available by calling 310-497-6324.
 
The Daily Grill has put together a special $4.05 menu featuring a selection of themed cocktails, appetizers and homemade desserts. Sip hand-crafted martinis and cocktails that include: fresh squeezed greyhound made with belvedere vodka, freshly squeezed grapefruit, lemon and lime juice, topped with a sugared rim, the Metropolitan, Daily Grill’s version of the classic cosmopolitan just to name a few. They have some classic appetizers: Trio of Hummus: sun-dried tomato, kalamata olive and traditional hummus, served with grilled flat bread and cucumbers, fried calamari: lightly seasoned calamari rings, served with cocktail and cajun tartar sauces and popcorn shrimp. Desserts include; strawberry shortcake made with the day’s best selection of strawberries topped with a cinnamon-walnut crumble, served à la mode with vanilla ice cream and key lime pie with homemade lime custard in a graham cracker crust with a raspberry puree, served with a dollop of whipped cream and lime zest. These deals can be found at six Daily Grill locations:

Strawberry Shortcake at Daily Grill

Downtown: 612 S Flower St # 220, Los Angeles, CA 90017 Hours: Friday 11am – 10pm; Saturday and Sunday 5pm – 10pm·        

Studio City: 12050 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 Hours: Friday, 11:30am-11pm; Saturday, 10:30am-11pm; Sunday, 10:30am-10pm·        

Brentwood: 11677 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood, CA 90049 Hours: Friday 11:30am – 10pm; Saturday 5pm – 10pm; Sunday 5pm – 9pm·        

Burbank: 2500 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505 Hours: Fri & Sat, 6:30am-11pm, Sunday , 6:30am-10pm·        

Santa Monica: 2501 Colorado Ave Ste 190, Santa Monica, CA 90404 Hours: Friday, 11:30am-10pm; Saturday 5pm – 10pm; Closed Sunday·        

Century: 5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11am – 11pm; Sunday 11am – 10pm

If you are looking for a place to hideout from all the construction and traffic, Hotel Palomar, LA-Westwood is offering a special for the weekend. They have two great two-night offers, the deluxe package is $239 and the vista deluxe package is $259. Each package includes a 40.05 dining credit and complimentary parking.

Relax with a drink at Hotel Palomar

Terranea Resort is enticing Southern Californian's to 'park it' at the stunning, oceanfront property for a few nights with a special 405 Freeway Room Package. Terranea Resort's 405 Freeway Package is designed to keep guests off the roads altogether and instead, enjoy a long weekend lounging by the pool and soaking up the coastal beauty. The package allows guests who book a resort stay on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 to add additional room nights on July 13-14 and/or July 17-20 for 40.5% off the published rate. Reservations can be made at www.terranea.com or by calling 866-802-8000, please mention code 405FWY.

The London West Hollywood is offering the Gordon Ramsay Dine and Stay package featuring luxurious suite accommodations, a four course dinner at Ramsay’s renowned Michelin-rated restaurant and complimentary breakfast from The Breakfast Table in Boxwood Café at Gordon Ramsay.   During their stay, guests can unwind in the exclusive rooftop pool with a specialty cocktail, surrounded by breath-taking panoramic city views.  The rooftop offers every amenity necessary for the perfect weekend escape; private cabanas with flat-screen LCD TVs and mini-refrigerators, plush lounge chairs, free poolside Wi-Fi and pre-arranged poolside spa treatments and bottle service when requested.  Guests are also invited to enjoy the ultimate in al fresco Rooftop Dining on the West Deck, relax around a lavish white marble fireplace or take complimentary yoga classes.  Room rates for the Gordon Ramsay Dine and Stay package start at $465. 

www.Car-Mageddon.com is a complete 405 Shutdown Survival Guide with up-to-the-minute information about The 405 shutdown, news and traffic updates that encourages local businesses to offer specials and discounts throughout the weekend of July 15th -17th.   Car-Mageddon.com provides a Map with listings all of the specials, parties and discounts being offered by local businesses throughout the weekend.  Its mission is to provide information, foster a sense of calm, promote local festivities and put a positive spin on an otherwise ominous occasion.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit GO Campaign www.gocampaign.org, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit that supports vulnerable children around the world. 

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