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Brown Derby Restaurant Photos

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The Brown Derby restaurants are a major piece of history in Los Angeles that all lovers of Hollywood enjoy. This chain of restaurants was one of the most popular in California, particularly with celebrities. The first restaurant was located on Wilshire Blvd. and was in the shape of a derby hat.  The second restaurant, at 1628 Vine St. in Hollywood opened on Valentines Day 1929.  The other two Brown Derby restaurants were located in Beverly Hills and in the Los Feliz area of Hollywood.  Of all four locations, the Vine Street eatery was, by far, the most popular.  On almost every day or evening, Hollywood celebrities could be seen dining at the restaurant. It wasn’t unusual to see such stars as Glen Ford, Clark Gable, Betty Grable, Ronald Reagan and Randolph Scott having lunch or dinner at the Brown Derby.  Its close proximity to Paramount Studios, Warner Bros. Studios and Columbia Studios made it easy for movie stars to grab a quick lunch or a relaxing dinner at the Vine St. restaurant.

Covering almost every inch of the restaurant walls were hundred of caricature drawings of hundreds of celebrities who had eaten at the Brown Derby.  One of the most popular dishes at all four locations was the Cobb Salad, so named for the restaurant’s owner, Robert Cobb. Many of the booths had telephones so the guest could “make deals” and stay in touch with other deal makers.  Everyone who dined at the Hollywood location was charmed by the very professional Maitre d’, Gus Constance.  

The largest collection of Brown Derby photos is  There are hundreds of photos of the interior and exterior and celebrities dining at each of the four restaurant locations.  All the photos in the collection are available for purchase.  In addition to the Brown Derby Photos, are over 6000 photos of old Hollywood.

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