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August 19, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
 The last surviving Brown Derby restaurant building, which dodged the wrecking ball in the mid 2000s, has sold for $9.25 million to local investors. The domed structure at the intersection of Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles was the fourth Brown Derby, a small restaurant chain popular with the entertainment industry in Hollywood's Golden Age. The sellers, a group led by Adler Realty Investments Inc. of Woodland Hills, had let go of their plans to raze the building and build a five-story condominium and retail complex.
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September 19, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Cool Culinaria , a publisher with a self-described mission to rescue vintage menu art from obscurity, has just brought out a set of note cards based on vintage Los Angeles restaurant menus. When I say vintage, I don't mean the 1990s, but way back - so far that most of us have never even heard of these restaurants, let alone were taken there for a Shirley Temple as a toddler. Think about how menus are presented today - those minimalist single sheets of paper with or without a clipboard, menus that are printed every day, not twice a year.
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BUSINESS
August 20, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The last surviving Brown Derby restaurant building, which dodged the wrecking ball in the mid-2000s, has been sold for $9.25 million to local investors. The domed structure at Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles was the fourth Brown Derby, a small restaurant chain popular with the entertainment industry in Hollywood's Golden Age. The sellers, a group led by Adler Realty Investments Inc. of Woodland Hills, had let go of their plans to raze the building and build a five-story condominium and retail complex.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Susan King
For nearly 50 years Greg Bautzer was one of the premier entertainment attorneys in Hollywood, with a client list that included moguls Howard Hughes, Charles Bluhdorn, Darryl Zanuck and Kirk Kerkorian. He also made a name for himself handling the high-profile divorces of Ingrid Bergman, Nancy Sinatra and Rock Hudson. Movie-star handsome, he was engaged to Lana Turner and Dorothy Lamour, dated such other glamorous actresses as Ginger Rogers and Joan Crawford, and was married four times, including to actress Dana Wynter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The old Brown Derby restaurant in Los Feliz was declared a historic and cultural monument Friday by a 10-0 vote of the City Council. The declaration means that any changes to the site or plans for the building's demolition would encounter a difficult approval process at City Hall. The building, one of the four original Brown Derby restaurants, was erected in 1929. A developer has proposed a mixed-use project for the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2000 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gloria Somborn Daly, the daughter of legendary actress Gloria Swanson and restaurateur Herbert Somborn, who inherited and ran her father's historic hat-shaped Brown Derby on Wilshire Boulevard, has died. She was 80. Daly, who, with her children, negotiated the controversial sale and transformation of the distinctive movie industry gathering spot, died Dec. 11 of brain cancer in Carmel. A celebrity from birth, Gloria Swanson Somborn was born Oct.
REAL ESTATE
May 19, 1985 | RUTH RYON, Times Staff Writer
Hats were off last week at the original Brown Derby, which capped the famous restaurant at 3377 Wilshire Blvd. Community, civic and business leaders toasted developers and architects as giant cranes and construction crews moved in to remove the landmark to make way for construction of a $20-million shopping plaza, which will include 43,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The 32-by-33-foot hat will be restored and returned to the site in a few months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1987 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Anthony de Pasquali of Hartford, Conn., spotted the new Brown Derby sign at the corner of Hollywood and Vine--and immediately thought of home. "We've got lots of Brown Derby steak houses back there, so I decided to come in," De Pasquali explained in the lobby. "Uh, we are not associated with those Brown Derbys," a restaurant spokesman told him. De Pasquali stayed to have lunch anyway--and said he enjoyed it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1998
Longtime Oxnard resident Paul Walter Brunner died at home Dec. 3 after a lengthy illness. He was 87. Brunner was born April 3, 1911, in Zurich, Switzerland. He was schooled in Switzerland before moving with his family to Montreal, where he lerned the chef's trade. He cooked for a living in Canada and then moved to New York City to take a job as a chef at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, said his wife of 65 years, Pearl Ethel Brunner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1994 | ADRIAN MAHER
Wearing brown bowlers and bearing red roses and a mock casket, Hollywood preservationists Monday bade farewell to the Brown Derby restaurant on Vine Street, where Gable proposed to Lombard, Chaplin mixed it up with his wife, and Dietrich stunned the world by strolling into the lobby wearing--gasp!--slacks.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
As downtown's historic Grand Central Market undergoes renovations, new retailers are moving in as part of the planned revival of the 1917 community marketplace. Thai food vendor Sticky Rice opened last month, and now Valerie Confections has announced the planned opening next month of Valerie at Grand Central in the stall formerly occupied by MF Gourmet. Valerie Confections owner Valerie Gordon said the coffee-and-pastry shop will open in phases, at first offering all of the same pastries she sells at farmers markets, such as her Durango cookies (chocolate chip cookies with roasted almonds, cacao nibs and smoked salt)
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
The online shop Cool Culinaria specializes in “vintage menu art rescued from obscurity and reimagined as posters. " A 13-by-19-inch Giclee print of the Brown Derby luncheon menu cover costs $28 unframed, $145 framed. They've got them in larger sizes, too, 16-by-20 for $45 and 20-by-24, $52, both unframed. The Derby's dinner menu is available, too, but I love the luncheon version with Hollywood and Vine picked out in red. You also get a copy of the interior menu listing the Derby's famous dishes, such as shrimp Creole, veal paprika - and Cobb salad.
FOOD
November 24, 2012 | JONATHAN GOLD, RESTAURANT CRITIC
We are second to none in our admiration for pie, which, at its best, marries homeyness with elegance. It is the great American dessert. But we don't make it at home nearly as often as we should, because the crust, at least the right crust, is kind of a pain. This is why we love ordering pie in restaurants -- somebody else has done the rolling and the chilling, worried about the correct shortening and performed the rituals of blind baking that too often leave us with burnt or shrunken dough.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The last surviving Brown Derby restaurant building, which dodged the wrecking ball in the mid-2000s, has been sold for $9.25 million to local investors. The domed structure at Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles was the fourth Brown Derby, a small restaurant chain popular with the entertainment industry in Hollywood's Golden Age. The sellers, a group led by Adler Realty Investments Inc. of Woodland Hills, had let go of their plans to raze the building and build a five-story condominium and retail complex.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
 The last surviving Brown Derby restaurant building, which dodged the wrecking ball in the mid 2000s, has sold for $9.25 million to local investors. The domed structure at the intersection of Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles was the fourth Brown Derby, a small restaurant chain popular with the entertainment industry in Hollywood's Golden Age. The sellers, a group led by Adler Realty Investments Inc. of Woodland Hills, had let go of their plans to raze the building and build a five-story condominium and retail complex.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2011 | Roger Vincent
The last surviving Brown Derby restaurant building, a link to the golden age of Hollywood, is on the market for $10.6 million. Now an Italian restaurant and bank, the domed structure at the intersection of Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue was the fourth Brown Derby, a small restaurant chain popular with the entertainment industry. The owners, a group led by Adler Realty Investments Inc., let go of plans they had in the mid-2000s to raze the building and build a dense residential and retail complex.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1986 | RUTH REICHL
"If there's a gentleman in your party he must wear a coat," intoned the voice on the end of the phone. The Brown Derby, you understand, has a tradition to uphold. The restaurant may have moved to Pasadena (911 E. Colorado Blvd., (818) 796-7139), but this is the original, replete with all the caricatures, photographs, paneling and etched glass that once graced the dining room at Hollywood and Vine. Some of the menu's intact, too.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1998 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sally Cobb, former doyenne of the Brown Derby restaurants who co-wrote a book about their lore, recipes and celebrity diners, has died. She was 83. Cobb, the widow of Brown Derby owner Robert H. Cobb, died Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to her friend and publicist Bee Canterbury Lavery. A prominent John Robert Powers model in the 1930s, the former Sally Fletcher was known as "the Figure."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2011 | By Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times
Joan Luther, a longtime restaurant publicist who began her career at the Brown Derby and Hollywood Park in the late 1940s and helped promote nearly every major chef in Los Angeles, died Monday at her Beverly Hills home after a series of strokes, according to her assistant. She was 83. "She was a legend," said chef Alain Giraud, who worked with Luther when he was at Bastide, the erstwhile West Hollywood restaurant that was owned by commercial director Joe Pytka. "She knew everybody in town.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2009
COMEDY Shitzus and Giggles If the Internet isn't lying to us, the adorable foibles of our domestic animals are among the most fecund topics for humor today. Get plenty of pet-themed humor from comedian Carla Collins at this performance, with special guests Dwayne Perkins and Bil Dwyer. The Improv Hollywood, 8162 Melrose Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $25. (323) 651-2583, www.improv.com. MOVIES Gold Class Cinemas For those who think the ArcLight is slumming it, there's Gold Class Cinemas, a no-beating-around-the-bush name for the chain of upscale theaters that serve cocktails and epicurean delights such as kobe beef burgers in ultra-plush seating with a call button for your waiter.
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