Not too many people know that Cirque Du Soleil began in the parking lot of the Trident back in the mid 70’s. This also was thought to be a pyramid scheme but was simply multi-level marketing. Very clever in its day ….. Herta, Eric, and Robin …top to bottom…
If the parking lot could talk…. ?
And we always did…
Robin worked at the Trident Restaurant in Sausalito, California in 1974, 1975, and 1976.
Robin was the first person I met in 1974 when I was hired to work there. He trained me as a busboy. In 1976 the Trident closed for repairs, and we went out looking for work together. On our second day out we were interviewed together (only job interview I’ve had with another person?), and hired to work at the Sausalito Food Company as bus boys.
In 1976 Robin entered the first San Francisco Comedy Competition and came in second to Bill Farley, and Bob Sarlatte came in third. Here is the link to the Bay Area Magazine’s Robin remembrance: BAM Robin Remembrance
In 1977 , while we were working at the Sausalito Food Company, Robin joined an improvization group that was performing nightly for two weeks at Gatsby’s Bar on Caldonia Street in Sausalito. Every night he was amazing, and stood out from the rest of the performers. The second week there a writer (or writers) from the Richard Pryor Show on NBC were sitting at the bar.
The following week Robin was introduced on the Richard Pryor Show as one of the show’s new writers? Shortly thereafter he would become a regular performer on the Richard Pryor Show. (There’s information online that would suggest Robin had already met Richard Pryor at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles? This is curious since Robin was working at the Sausalito Food Company (because he needed a job), and didn’t have a car? But, anything is possible I guess? If it’s online it must be true?
It would appear that Robin was discovered at Gatsbys in Sausalito in 1977. From budding San Francisco comedy talent to writer and performer on NBC television. And, from there….
Illustration by Hilary Slaughter 2014
Jeff Burkhart “The Barfly” Remembering Robin
Trident alumni Ed Gutekunst has written an amazing original Movie Treatment/ Short Story about three women coming of age in 1974 while working at the Trident. One of them is a Manager named Dagny(?), and the other two are two waitresses named Josie and Chelo. This is a beautiful story about friendship, loyalty, and redemption. Fiction written over real events that took place at the Trident. The summer of 1974. More about The Trident movie to follow… and perchance you’re in touch with Alexander Payne, Ron Howard, Billy Crystal, or George Lucas we’d love to talk to them!
You also may have noticed a new look here.This site previously was birthed on a GoDaddy quick blogcast web site account. Although I had paid up to 2018 for the site to be hosted by GoDaddy – GoDaddy decided that they were not making enough money off of their Quickblogcast accounts, and dropped them…thereby ending (sent to the grave) all those web sites including yours truly. This is a WordPress web site. All previous post are being rescanned (Photos/images), videos recovered, and articles copied and pasted into this new format which will take weeks? Months? Thank you for your patience here as we restart/rebuild this web site… July 15, 2014
Prior to this WordPress web site being created – according to GoDaddy’s Statistics: www.TridentRestaurant.com has had over 2 million views to date since it was first created in 2006.
Thanks to everyone that’s contributed here! All the best in 2015!
Mark Danforth Lomas MDLomas@gmail.com 805.845.2888