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Carmageddon II: Businesses celebrate with burgers, breakfast

September 29, 2012 | 10:55 am

A big, white banner outside Blue Dog Beer Tavern near the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks touts the "Carmaggedon Burger."

Nearby, Whole Foods Market is hosting a Carmageddon II pancake breakfast for people who drop off perishable foods at a stand outside the grocery store.

And a block away, a bright orange sign lures locals to a garage sale. The sellers hope the 10-mile freeway closure this weekend can provide a shot in the arm for business.

"We figured people would be staying in the Valley," Jill Sanders said, as she took three dollar bills from a customer and shoved them inside her fanny pack.


At the top of their driveway near a blocked-off 405 Freeway entrance ramp, Jill’s son, 7-year-old Matthew Sanders, stood behind a piece of cardboard that read "Lemonade and cookies. 50 cents."

Construction workers meanwhile continued their work on the closed stretch of the 405, part of a widening project that will include adding a carpool lane. Officials from Caltrans and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation said that, as of about 9 a.m. Saturday, traffic remained light on side streets around the work area. By that time, several people had already stopped by the Sanders’ sale.

"People are cutting through here, so we figured we should take advantage of it," Jill Sanders said.

Although TV helicopters hovering overhead reminded the family of the construction, for Sanders, Carmageddon II was no longer the day's biggest news.

"He just sold an Italian bike I've been trying to get rid of for 10 years," Jill said, pointing to husband Scott. "This is what's a breaking news story."


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-- Marisa Gerber and Matt Stevens