Manager of Famed LA Restaurant Regrets Prop 8 Donation

El Coyote is an unintentionally kitschy Mexican restaurant on Beverly Blvd. that is famous for its margaritas. It has not been in the news much since August 1969, when Sharon Tate imbibed her last margaritas there before heading up to her home on Cielo Drive, where the Manson family laid in wait.

The restaurant is back in the news now because its manager’s name turned up on a list of donors to Proposition 8, the anti-gay measure that passed last Tuesday. Unlike most Mormons who supported the hateful bill, however, Marjorie Chrisoffersen seems to have had a change of heart:

I have been sick at heart that anyone has been offended by me. I have family, friends, employees from the gay community who are treasured people in my life.

I have been a member of the Mormon church all my life. I responded to their request with my personal donation.

For years the El Coyote has financially and generously supported the gay community and its charities.

Please be my guest for an early lunch Wed., Nov. 12th, @ 11:00 am and allow me to personally speak with you.

Please call and make a reservation as seating is limited. (323) 939-2255.


Mormon Church owns mainstream radio stations in eight markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C. and Seattle.

The contrary view: “I think she saw how it affected her pocketbook and freaked,” said SFist Editor Brock Keeling. Can you spell “boycott?”

What’s interesting here is that El Coyote is not a “gay” restaurant, per se. On the other hand, the restaurant’s demographics is generally liberal denizens of Hollywood, all of whom voted against the initiative.


  • geronimo
    November 11, 2008 - 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Undoing California’s Proposition 8


    “A peaceful mass uprising.”

    “Based on?”

    “Yes we can.”

    “Starting when?”

    “It’s already underway.”

    “For how long?”

    “Until proposition 8 is reversed.”

  • Melisande Rupert
    November 11, 2008 - 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry for that woman’s initial decision – but no, I won’t be eating there until Prop 8 is repealed. She needs to do more than just have folks over for dinner.

    Don’t forget to boycott Lassen’s Natural Foods, if you live in their areas, too.

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  • Matt
    November 12, 2008 - 12:20 am | Permalink


    Thursday, November 13th @ 7:00pm
    El Coyote (7312 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036)

    Bring signs & friends!

  • coppertop
    November 12, 2008 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    According to the donor lookup at, Marjorie Christofferson — who lists “EL COYOTE RESTAURANT/RESTAURANT MAN” as her occupation — donated $1000 to George W Bush. Someone at this damage control meeting should ask if she supported GW Bush because of his anti-gay policies (Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage) or because she agreed with the rest of his destructive policies.

    I don’t care what she says. El Coyote won’t be getting my business so long as it’s run by people who think homophobic discrimination should be enshrined in our state and national constitutions. The food is crap anyway. It’s only worth frequenting for the friendly atmosphere. But now I know it’s not so friendly after all.

  • November 12, 2008 - 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Agreed on the food at El Coyote, Coppertop. That’s why I haven’t been in there in 15 years, that and the fact that Marix is within crawling distance of my house. Food’s not great either but margaritas are serviceable.

  • Matt
    November 12, 2008 - 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I think it is clear that she has no apology for what she did. Along with not eating at El Coyote, let us unite in a visual protest to make our voices heard. We should not just sit back in complacency!


    Thursday, November 13th @ 7:00pm
    El Coyote (7312 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036)

    Bring signs & friends!

  • Joy McClellan
    November 14, 2008 - 8:13 am | Permalink

    Continue the boycott of this right-wing Republican!! And tell your friends.

  • manaen
    November 23, 2008 - 4:41 am | Permalink

    My fiancée and I ate at El Coyote last Monday, 11/17. The place was busy and we talked with several members of the mixed hetero- and homosexual staff. They are united in supporting Marjorie.
    Marjorie sat and talked with us for about 20 minutes. Some of the things that she told us are:
    > She has no ownership of El Coyote; she is an employee. (I believe this has no bearing on her right to believe, think, contribute, and vote as she will but some of her opponents have made an issue of her supposed ownership).
    > The business has not and will not make any politically-oriented donations. Marjorie donated to support Prop 8 and other employees donated in opposition to Prop 8. The money the male employee in the video said would go to overthrow the voters’ will was a pool of some employees’ private donations, not the business’s money. El Coyote has/does/will make non-political humanitarian donations for counseling, welfare, etc. that include help to the homosexual community.
    > One of their managers has been with the restaurant for 50 years. Other employees have been there 20 to 30 years. The staff, like the neighborhood, is sprinkled with homosexuals among the heterosexuals. Nearly 100 people depend upon El Coyote for their paychecks.
    This was good enough for my fiancée and me to return in the future. I would that we outsiders follow the staff’s example and agree to be there together in peace. I hope to see all of the posters on this thread there frequently.
    – – – – – – – – –
    To the boycotters of El Coyote,
    Let me get this straight. Marjorie is not an owner, but one employee, of 89 employees at El Coyote, who you found to support Prop 8. This was enough for you to demonstrate, boycott, harass customers, and yell at that one employee. So the standard is that if 1/89 — 1.25% — of a business’s employees voted for Prop 8, you will do these things to that business.
    About 2/3 of Catholic voters, 70% of Black voters, and 91% of Mormon voters voted Yes on Prop 8. Each of those percentages applied to 2% exceeds your 1.25% trigger. This means if more than 2% of a business’s employees are Catholic/Black/Mormon, your standard with El Coyote calls for you to boycott and harass it.
    Are there any businesses that you can patronize? Looking at you from the other side, your stand appears to have removed you from our economy.

  • Freedom Fan
    December 21, 2008 - 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Bravo, Manaen! I plan to discover this restaurant for myself as well.

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