You can finally dine at this time capsule of The Golden Age of Hollywood again
Hollywood has changed quite a bit since 1919, but its longest-standing restaurant has managed to remain the same. Not many businesses have the fortune of sticking around in a city that’s always looking to find ‘the next best thing,’ yet Musso and Frank Grill has managed to prevail in one of Los Angeles’ most evolved districts. Adored by locals and celebrities alike — the Hollywood vet remains a fan favorite due to the simple fact that very few modifications have been made to its establishment over the course of a century.
While the 102-year-old gem has been closed since July last year, it will live to see another day—with the help of a GoFundMe campaign. This vintage establishment took to Instagram to announce that it will be reopening its doors and taking reservations on May 6—just in time for Mother’s Day. Of course, there will be a number of health and safety protocols in place and tweaks to the immaculate outfits donned by staff, but the rest will be just as it was before.
Sitting just beyond the hustle and bustle of the Avenue of Stars, walking through the restaurant’s doors reveals a different side of the surrounding neighborhood. The mahogany leather seats, long wooden bar, and servers dressed in uniformed red suit jackets create a nostalgic atmosphere leaving you feeling like you’ve just walked into a scene from Quentin Tarantino’s latest blockbuster film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Some of the most popular dishes to date are older than the people ordering them; the Grilled Lamb Kidneys with Bacon, Fettuccine Alfredo, as well as the Lobster Thermidor have been on the menu since the restaurant first opened and have only received minor recipe adjustments since customer’s pallets acquire more flavor than those of the 1920s.
If you didn’t come to eat and made your way to the landmark to have one of their renowned drinks, you’re in for a treat. The bar’s famous martinis, shaken-not-stirred of course, are so popular they made it on GQ’s list of best cocktails in America and were served a whopping 55,272 times last year alone!
This timeless steakhouse has been the dining place for a number of notable names of the past ten decades, serving a variety of cocktails and meals to regulars such as Marilyn Monroe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Taylor, Alfred Hitchcock, and many more. Charlie Campmin was known to frequent a specific booth right by the window so that he could keep an eye on the horse he would ride and park along the up-and-coming Hollywood Boulevard – this very booth is still the most requested seat in the house and serves as a popular photo opportunity!
Check out Musso and Frank Grill’s IG account, here!
Location: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. See it on Google maps.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11a to 11p.
Featured photo courtesy of Musso and Frank Grill
Also published on Medium.