November 23, 1997 |
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 |
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.
January 13, 1995 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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January 23, 1997 |
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
March 31, 1995 |
In youth I wassailed neighb'ring pubs, but now reflect on friends gone by. --From "In Repose" by Will Fowler * I went to visit a waning landmark the other day, in the company of a living landmark. It's an elegant way to witness history. The landmark I visited was Chasen's restaurant in West Hollywood. The landmark that took me there was 72-year-old Will Fowler. Chasen's, of course, is one of the last of the great old L.A. celebrity restaurants.
August 4, 1986 |
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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December 12, 2001 |
"Dave told me a restaurant must have a soul. Dave has gone, and now I am the soul. I just feel that is what is wrong with a lot of places. No soul there." --Maude Chasen, 1985 * That tiny blond, blue-eyed, gorgeous, gracious and ever-so-savvy soul tired as she neared 90 and reluctantly retired from the restaurant. Without her, the venerable Chasen's, museum and memory of a Hollywood gone by, closed its doors on April 1, 1995.