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Brown Derby Restaurants History and Photos by hollywoodphotographs.com

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The largest collection of Brown Derby photos is hollywoodphotographs.com.  The name Brown Derby Restaurant was a popular name in Hollywood. There is the tendency for any person who does not know about the restaurant to think that there restaurant was just one. The name Brown Derby stood for a chain of restaurants. The first among this chains of restaurants was in the form of a Derby hat for men; and it was the first to be established in 1926 at 3427 Wilshire Boulevard, during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

It was the second Brown Derby restaurant to be established that played a vital part in the history of Hollywood. This restaurant was inaugurated in 1929 during the celebration of the Valentine day. It was commonly known as the Hollywood Brown Derby.This restaurant is close to movie studios in the area and thus it became the ideal spot for doing deals. The restaurant featured in many movies such as I Love Lucy. This no doubt contributed to the popularity of the restaurants.  It was located on Vine Street.

In 1931, at 9537 Wilshire Blvd, in Beverly Hills another branch was inaugurated. Though this restaurant is no longer in existence, it was similar to the Hollywood branch. It stopped functioning in the beginning 1980s decade and was taken down in 1983. With the demolition, there is nothing left to show the existence of this branch of the Brown Derby restaurant. It has only become known through historical records.

The last branch of this chain of restaurants that was the Los Felix Brown Derby restaurant. This restaurant was located at 4500 Los Feliz Blvd. It is only those who know the history of the place will know that the Los Felix Brown Derby was not initially there. Willard’s was a chicken restaurant that was converted into a Brown Derby restaurant in 1940. 

In 1960 it was called the Michaels of Los Feliz, which later became a nightclub in 1992 and the nightclub is called The Derby. Though there was a plan to demolish the restaurant in the course of thiis, but the plan was thwarted thanks to the campaign called “Save the Derby.” The nightclub is no longer functioning but the Los Feliz Brown Derby restaurant is still functioning, but it belongs to Louise’s Trattoria.    

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