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February 7, 2008 | Charlie Amter
Nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse has already had a busy 2008. The founder of Bolthouse Productions (and SBE partner) took a touring version of his Sunset Strip nightclub Hyde to the Super Bowl (he also took Hyde to Sundance). Later this month, Bolthouse and SBE will roll out their new West Hollywood destination, Foxtail. IS L.A. NIGHTLIFE BECOMING MORE LIKE LAS VEGAS, OR IS VEGAS BECOMING MORE LIKE L.A.? Good question . . . it's hard to say. In Los Angeles, people are starting to spend more money on venues.
March 25, 2007
Thank you, Jessica Gelt, for the mention of Los Feliz ("The Lush Land of Los Feliz," A Day In, March 4). I get very nostalgic when reading about the area where I grew up. It was then oftentimes called "Pill Hill" because of the doctors living there, and there were also Disney animators, celebrities, etc. It was the perfect place to grow up. I rode my horse in Griffith Park, walked to school, dined at the Brown Derby, the Los Feliz Inn and, of course,...
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.
December 29, 2005
I enjoyed reading about the restaurants in "Comfort and Joy" [Dec. 22] and have eaten in many of them. But how in the world could Charles Perry not have included Philippe the Original? It's a real Los Angeles institution with French dip sandwiches, delicious side dishes and scrumptious desserts. I frequently take out-of-town guests there, and they all have enjoyed it. The wine is good and reasonable, and coffee for 10 cents is always a surprise. BETTY A. KEEL Hawthorne Charles!
November 27, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In its 50-year heyday, the Brown Derby was where Hollywood hung its hat. The all-night eatery was as sublime as the top-grade, top-dollar caviar it spooned out, and as proudly low-brow as its buck-a-burger. The first of four Brown Derbys opened on Wilshire Boulevard in 1926, across from the Ambassador Hotel. It was the only Derby shaped like a hat. During the 1920s, '30s and '40s, more Derbys opened, all serving as clubs for the Hollywood elite.
August 31, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
For decades, the Brown Derby restaurants, a favorite of the stars, dished up Hollywood cachet to the world. Now the last of the five Brown Derbys, which included the famous "hat" on Wilshire Boulevard, is headed for the final curtain call -- unless a loose coalition of nostalgia fans and residents in Los Feliz can rescue the building in that neighborhood. Owned in its heyday by producer Cecil B.
May 19, 2005
It pleased me very much to see that UCLA is honoring the great Buster Keaton ["His Silence Is Golden," May 12]. At the age of 16 I used to hang around the Brown Derby on Vine Street seeking autographs. There, at the time, was a drugstore on Vine between Hollywood and Sunset boulevards. One hot afternoon I sat down at the food counter to grab a sandwich and a cool drink. Within a minute or two, a gentlemen sat next to me. To my shock and surprise, I recognized Buster Keaton. We had lunch together and talked for half an hour.
May 6, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles redevelopment board agreed Thursday to nearly double the public money in a housing and hotel project at the famous but forlorn corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. The $326-million project will include construction of an upscale, 11-story W hotel with 296 rooms and some 32,000 square feet of retail and spa space, a 145-unit condominium project in a 13-story tower, 350 apartments and parking. The site is on the southeast corner of Hollywood and Vine.
October 17, 2004
Re "Board OKs Romer Plan," Oct. 13: Once again, the majority of the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District has shown incredible ineptitude in its ability to balance the needs of preservation with the needs of our children. The board had a chance to build a school and preserve an important landmark -- the Ambassador Hotel. The L.A. Conservancy laid out an extremely compelling possibility for full preservation that would have been affordable and in the best interests of all parties.
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