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MUSSO AND FRANK GRILL TURNS 88 YEARS OLD

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Musso and Frank Grill claims to be the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, having opened in 1919. This claim is partially true, in that it is Hollywood's oldest restaurant.  However, it was not founded in 1919. Musso and Frank Grill opened its doors on July 28,1923 when Joseph Musso partnered with Frank Toulet, who owned Frank's Francois Cafe (originally known as Frank's Cafe) at 6669 Hollywood Blvd.  Frank Toulet opened Frank's Cafe on September 27th, 1919 and later changed the name to Frank's Francois Cafe.  It is this date of 1919, that Musso And Frank Grill claims to be the founding date of the restaurant.  
In 1927, Frank sold his interest to John Musso and Joseph Carissimi.  In the 1930s, the restaurant expanded and moved its front door to 6667 Hollywood Blvd. Sometime in the 1950s, the restaurant took over Stanley Rose's Bookstore and remodeled it to create the New Room which housed bar and more seating.
Quite a few of the staff members have been with Musso and Frank Grill for many years.  Jean Rue, Musso’s most tenured and famous chef, created the menu that exists today. He was with the restaurant from 1922 until 1976.  The most famous head waiter at Musso and Frank was Jesse Chavez, who worked for over 50 years, beginning in the 1920’s. Jesse started as a dishwasher and moved up to baker, pantry man, busboy, waiter and finally headwaiter. In the 1970’s he became one third owner for a brief time. He ran a tight ship and roamed the restaurant putting out fires as he saw fit. 
Beginning in the 1930s, almost everyone in the entertainment business dined or drank at Musso and Frank.  Through the years, waiters served Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Edward G. Robinson, Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, Cesar Romero and many more.  The restaurant was also known for it’s clientele of famous writers including William Saroyan, John Fante, Scott Fitzgerald, Nathaniel West, William Falkner, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and many more.  The restaurant was also popular with members of Hollywood's business community.  One such businessman was Charles E. Toberman, who was Hollywood's most successful real estate developer.  Among his many buildings were Grauman's Chinese Theater, Grauman's Egyptian Theater, El Capitan Theater, the Hollywood Bowl and the Outpost Estates.  He had his wife, Josephine, ate out almost every night and Musso and Frank was one of their favorite eateries.  Their grandson, Bruce Torrence who authored 'Hollywood: The First 100 Years', was also a frequent patron of 'Musso's'
Today, Musso and Frank Grill is still the most popular restaurant in Hollywood.  Over the course of the last thirty years, almost all of the fine dining restaurants, in Hollywood, have gone our of business.  Due to its consistently good food and excellent service, Musso and Frank Grill has  weathered the choppy economic seas that Hollywood has experienced.

The largest collection of photographs on the subject of Hollywood is hollywoodphotographs.com.  There are many Musso and Frank Grill photographs available for purchase.

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