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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Tam O’Shanter Celebrates the Art of Dining

The Tam O’Shanter, as seen in the 1920s, when Los Feliz Boulevard was a dirt road. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. Opened 96 years ago, the storybook-style Tam O’Shanter Inn has always provided homey dining with stylish flair. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Al Levy’s Tavern Toasts 1930s Hollywood

A detail of a matchbook for Al Levy’s Tavern, 1627 N. Vine St., listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $6.95. Much of the glamour of classic Hollywood grew out of the fame and atmosphere of its famous restaurants … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Zulu Hut – Studio City’s First Programmatic Architecture

  The Zulu Hut, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Thanks to California’s inventive motion picture industry, eccentric, eye-catching examples of vernacular architecture took off in the 1920s. Though around for decades, vernacular or programmatic architecture hit its stride in the 1920s … Continue reading

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Cafe Bristol Revisited

If you’ll recall from yesterday’s post on the Cafe Bristol, the main entrances were two marble staircases off 4th Street. The door on 4th Street was locked, alas, but I was able to get these shots of the two staircases. … Continue reading

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Cafe Bristol – Downtown Los Angeles

I came across another program from the Mason Opera House listed on EBay, this one from 1909. Here’s an ad for the Cafe Bristol, which was in the basement of the Hellman Building at 4th and Spring. It’s listed as … Continue reading

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An Anniversary for Musso & Frank

Oct. 11, 1919: Frank’s Cafe at 6669 Hollywood Blvd. is meeting with fine success, from Holly Leaves. July 28, 1923: The opening of Musso & Frank Grill, in Holly Leaves, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Mary Mallory notes that Musso & … Continue reading

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Dining With Jerry Lewis — Found on EBay

Longtime Daily Mirror readers may recall that Jerry Lewis briefly operated a restaurant on the Sunset Strip in the early 1960s. A menu from his business has been listed on EBay. Notice “Chili and Beans, Jerry Lewis” for $1.75. The … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Studio City’s La Fonda Wayside Inn

The bread-and-butter businesses of most municipalities are those providing goods and services, with restaurants near the top of the list. Running a restaurant is extremely difficult, because costs are high, profit margins are low and public tastes can often be … Continue reading

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Good Fellows Grotto – Found on EBay

At left, Good Fellows Grotto on Main Street in Los Angeles in a photo from the restaurant’s menu. Somebody swiped a teapot from Good Fellows Grotto, the famed Los Angeles restaurant. It’s listed on EBay with bids starting at $78.

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Movieland Mystery Photo – Outdoor Dining Edition [Updated +]

[Update: Nope, it was real].  I suspect this neon sign is a prop because I can’t find a reference in The Times or the directories at the Los Angeles Public Library to a place called Stripp’s.  Most of this film … Continue reading

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Carlos Lozano: Sunday Journal – Norms

Photo: Norm’s. Credit: Carlos Lozano. Note: My friend Carlos Lozano, the state editor at The Times, passed along one of the essays he calls Sunday Journal and gave me permission to post it here. BREAKFAST AT NORM’S  The place is … Continue reading

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June 10, 1958

ormer leading lady Virginia Pearson, left, dies at the age of 72. In her later years, she lived at the Motion Picture Country Home, The Times says. At the top, an extremely specific help wanted ad for Western Airlines.  Also: … Continue reading

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Main Street

Photograph by Bruce H. Cox / Los Angeles Times Goodfellows (or Good Fellows, the restaurant used both names) Grotto, 341 S. Main St., shortly before it closed. Notice the old-fashioned "Family Entrance." Until it closed on New Year’s Eve in … Continue reading

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Found on EBay

Here’s a postcard of the Chalon Restaurant, 1455 W. Manchester, a business that appeared in a 1955 Times story about fines that were imposed for smog violations. The restaurant was cited for operating an incinerator after a permit had been … Continue reading

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On the menu: domestic strife

  Sept. 13, 1957 Los Angeles Information on Gene Leonard Cornforth is a bit sketchy, but he certainly had interesting taste in women. Take the first Mrs. Cornforth, Maureen. After she and Gene divorced, her boss at Hughes Aircraft, David … Continue reading

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Architectural Ramblings

  Photograph by Larry Harnisch Los Angeles Times Here’s something fun to do on a Saturday morning: Meet friends for breakfast at a restaurant where a drunk movie actress plowed her new convertible through the front window in 1957. The … Continue reading

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A knight on the town

        April 29, 1957 Los Angeles When I saw this ad, my first reaction was: "You have GOT to be kidding me." My next reaction was: "Maybe it’s still there!" Alas, no. The Queens Arms at 16325 … Continue reading

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