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May 9, 2011 | By Susan King
For decades, Chasen's chili warmed the hearts and stomachs of Hollywood's luminaries. In fact, Elizabeth Taylor had orders of the restaurant's signature dish flown to the set while making "Cleopatra" in Rome in 1962. Ronald Reagan proposed to then-actress Nancy Davis in a booth there. Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Clark Gable and F. Scott Fitzgerald were among the glittering customers. Vaudevillian Dave Chasen opened the West Hollywood eatery, at 9039 Beverly Blvd., in December 1936 on the suggestion of his good friend, Oscar-winning director Frank Capra.
November 23, 1997 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
If Dennis the Menace, the Partridge Family and even tie-dye and bell-bottoms can manage comebacks, well, I guess, so can Chasen's. After all, the restaurant had legs, which is why Texas businessman Grady Sanders paid good money for the name, recipes and memorabilia of the venerable West Hollywood watering hole.
February 4, 1993 | BILL HIGGINS
The Scene: Tuesday's industry screening of Warner Bros.' "Sommersby" at Westwood's Bruin theater. A party followed at Chasen's, last stronghold of the Reagan generation in Hollywood. "The White House was just a steppingstone to taking over Chasen's" was one liberal's geopolitical analysis. Who Was There: The film's stars, Richard Gere and Jodie Foster; co-star Bill Pullman; director Jon Amiel; producers Arnon Milchan and Steven Reuther; studio execs Terry Semel and Rob Friedman.
Wolfgang Puck may be bringing one of his Wolfgang Puck's Cafes to the spot where Chasen's has been feeding Presidents and movie stars for 58 years. As reported earlier, the venerable West Hollywood restaurant will be closing April 1 to make way for a two-story shopping center that is expected to open in late 1996.
September 2, 1998 | CHARLES PERRY
Chasen's chili, famous since Burton courted Taylor with it, famous from the earliest days of the Beverly Hills restaurant and still being sold at Gelson's and Costco after Chasen's Restaurant's demise, now introduces four exciting new flavors: chicken, turkey, vegetarian and extra-spicy. Probably these variations on the Chasen's chili recipe are just what some people want. But it's funny that Chasen's overlooked these exciting opportunities for about three-quarters of a century.
October 3, 1991 | MARY LOU LOPER
Chasen's famous chili mac and banana shortcake were on the menu, but so were a lot of culinary innovations. And the place was so packed that owner Maude Chasen and her daughter Kay McKay and Kay's husband, Tom, waited for a table when Chasen's opened for lunch Tuesday for the first time in its 55-year history.
Chasen's, once the beloved haunt of movie stars, presidents, tycoons and famous writers, could soon make a comeback. The West Hollywood restaurant, which closed in April 1995 after 58 years, may reopen within three months at a new location in Beverly Hills.
January 19, 1995
I was very sad to read that the famous Chasen's restaurant is closing. How we can let this legendary Hollywood landmark fall prey to a cheap shopping mall is beyond my comprehension. Chasen's is our link to the past and one of the few institutions that symbolized Hollywood as the movie capital of the world. We are losing our heritage. Does anybody care? DAVE FISHER Hollywood Hills
August 4, 1986 | Associated Press
Aaron Chasen of Costa Mesa started a four-goal surge in the second period that vaulted the West to a 10-9 victory and the men's gold medal in water polo Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Festival. The score was tied, 2-2, when Chasen scored the go-ahead goal at 5:21 of the second period. Successive goals by Californians Greg Gamble of Atherton at 4:25, Erich Fischer of Reedley at 3:04 and Mike Doting of Costa Mesa at 2:04 gave the West a 6-2 lead.
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