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Brown Derby Restaurant

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Most people think there was only one Brown Derby Restaurant - the Hollywood Brown Derby.  But actually, there were four. The first was built on Wilshire Blvd and was in the shape of a derby hat. The second one, and certainly the most popular, was located on Vine Street, in Hollywood.  The third was on Wilshire Blvd., in Beverly Hills, and the fourth was on Los Feliz Bllvd. in the Los Feliz area of Hollywood. Opened on Valentine’s Day, 1929, the Hollywood Brown Derby building erected by Cecil B. de Mille. With a collection of caricatures of movie stars hanging on the walls and excellent cuisine, the Derby became immensely popular with both motion picture personalities and the general public.  The Brown Derby introduced the use of telephones at tables during mealtime. Telephone lines, to each table, were installed so busy executives could conduct business while dining. The Cobb Salad was first introduced at the Brown Derby. The Derby continued as one of Hollywood's finest restaurants, closing its doors in the early 1980s after over 50 years of service.


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