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Connor and Gigi’s Date Restaurant from “He’s Just Not That Into You”

Nov 14th, 2016 | By | Category: Movie Locations

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Not every location from He’s Just Not That Into You was a challenge to track down.  [As I mentioned yesterday and the day before, both Janine (Jennifer Connelly) and Ben’s (Bradley Cooper) home and Conor’s (Kevin Connolly) row house listing proved to be real thorns in my side.]  Case in point, the exterior of the restaurant where Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Conor went on a date in the 2009 flick.  That site, which was actually the heavily dressed entrance to two neighboring Mount Vernon eateries named Thairish and The Helmand, was spelled out in a 2007 The Baltimore Sun article that was written while the cast and crew were in town shooting portions of the movie.  I came across the piece shortly after I first saw He’s Just Not That Into You and jotted down the addresses in case I ever traveled to Baltimore, an opportunity that finally arose this past September.

Gigi and Conner’s date restaurant, shown to be named “Red Seven,” only popped up once at the very beginning of He’s Just Not That Into You.  As you can see below, due to massive set dressing, the locale looks quite different in person than it did onscreen.  For the shoot, the exteriors of Thairish and The Helmand were covered over and made to appear as if they were one large brick and glass-clad space.  The Baltimore Sun column states, “While the entrance of Thairish only was covered with cardboard, The Helmand underwent more drastic changes.  The Helmand’s manager, Assad Akbari, says contractors with the film changed its sign and swapped out the front door.”

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Another Sun article from around that same time went into further detail, stating, “In Mount Vernon, restaurants Thairish and The Helmand were temporarily redecorated Saturday with new lights, a new door and a new name: Red Seven.”

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Thairish, a Thai eatery, was shuttered in 2016 and today Khun Nine Thai occupies the space.  The Helmand, though, is still going strong.  Originally opened in 1989, the Afghan restaurant is something of a Baltimore institution.

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Unfortunately, there was a sidewalk fair set up right in front of the two restaurants when we showed up to stalk them, which made getting photographs rather difficult.

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The neighborhood where The Helmand and Khun Nine Thai are located is absolutely adorable – and boasts quite a view of the Washington Monument, as you can see below.  The Grim Cheaper and I spent quite a bit of time there, exploring the shops and admiring the handsome brick buildings.

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Only the exterior of Khun Nine Thai and The Helmand were utilized in He’s Just Not That Into You.

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At the time I started researching the movie’s locales, I was unsure where the interior of Conner and Gigi’s date scene was shot.  Finding the right spot proved to be a snap, though.  One look at photographs of the inside of both The Helmand and Thairish told me that interior footage was lensed elsewhere.  My guess was that filming had most likely taken place in Los Angeles, where the majority of the romcom was shot.  Red Seven, the name that producers had given to their fictional restaurant, seemed unusual to me.  So unusual that I figured it was likely the moniker of a real place – either an actual Baltimore establishment filmmakers wanted to pay homage to or, possibly, the site in L.A. where interiors were filmed.  Fingers crossed, I Googled “Red Seven,” “restaurant,” and “Los Angeles” and discovered that there is indeed an eatery by that name in West Hollywood!  Images of it matched perfectly to the spot where Gigi and Conor enjoyed a beer and a Ketel-soda.  Why the crew went to all of that trouble and did not just use a fake name or no name at all is beyond me, but I’m grateful they did as I might never have found the location otherwise.

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As you can see below, filmmakers also went to the trouble of matching the entrance door of their fake restaurant to the actual walls of Red Seven.

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Until next time, Happy Stalking!  Smile

Stalk It: The exterior of Connor and Gigi’s date restaurant from He’s Just Not That Into You was created outside of both Khun Nine Thai and The Helmand, which are located at 804 and 806 North Charles Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood, respectively.  Interiors were filmed at Red Seven, which is located at 700 North San Vicente Boulevard, in the Pacific Design Center, in West Hollywood.  You can visit Khun Nine Thai’s official website here, The Helmand’s here and Red Seven’s here.

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