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The Oldest Restaurant in Hollywood!

Two weeks ago, while my mom and I were out stalking in Hollywood, we hit up Musso and Frank’s Grill, which has the distinction of being the oldest running restaurant in Hollywood.  Opened in 1919, not only is Musso and Frank’s a top notch celeb hangout, but the restaurant has been featured in countless hit movies, including Ocean’s Eleven  (pictured above).

Musso and Frank’s was started by John Musso and Frank Toulet.  Ever since its opening almost 90 years ago, the restaurant has been hugely popular with Tinseltown’s elite.  Back in the day Marilyn Monroe, Raymond Burr, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Cecil B. DeMille, Raymond Chandler and Clark Gable were all Musso and Frank regulars.  Since its opening the restaurant has only been remodeled once – in 1937 – and it is still extremely popular with the rich and famous.  Today you might spot Robert Dinero, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt, James Woods, Johnny Depp, Keith Richards, Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Sean Penn, Madonna, Harrison Ford, or Francis Ford Coppola sitting next to you in one of Musso and Frank’s plush red leather booths. 

My mom and I had an absolute blast dining at Musso and Frank’s!!  The restaurant definitely projects an Old Hollywood vibe, with its large oak-paneled, red leather booths, wood beamed ceilings, and vintage style bar.  Musso’s also serves up some really great food including chicken pot pie, filet minon, lamb, and cheese raviolis, but be prepared as it’s a bit on the pricey side.   The price is worth it, though, as you are paying for the vintage ambiance as much as anything else.

I literally could have sat there all day listening to the stories our waiter had to share about his 40 plus years working at Musso and Frank’s.  It seemed every waiter and bartender had a story to tell about the countless famous names that have dined at the establishment over the years and I have to admit I was completely mesmerized.    

Besides being a celeb hangout, Musso and Frank’s is a frequent filming location, as well.  The restaurant’s kitchen was featured as the kitchen in Disney’s Enchanted  where Nathanial speaks to Queen Narissa’s reflection in a pot of soup on the stove.

                   

The Grill was featured not once, but TWICE in Ocean’s Eleven.  Both scenes were with Brad Pitt and George Clooney.  The restaurant first shows up in the scene when Danny Ocean first tells Rusty that he is thinking of robbing a Vegas casino.  That scene was filmed in a booth in the Grill’s front dining room.  A bit later on in the movie, Rusty and Danny have a drink at Musso and Frank’s bar and Danny says his famous monologue about needing one more person for the heist – “Ten oughta do it, don’t you think?  You think we need one more?  You think we need one more.  All right, we’ll get one more.”

The restaurant was also used in the movie Swingers during the parking lot fight scene.  In the scene, Vince Vaughn and gang get into a fight with their rivals “House of Pain” in the parking lot behind Hollywood club the Dresden, but in reality filming actually took place in Musso and Frank’s back lot.  Producers simply changed the awning over the back door of Musso and Frank’s to read “The Dresden.”   Musso and Frank’s also showed up in Ed Wood  as the location where Ed Wood meets Orson Wells.  The restaurant has also appeared in numerous episodes of the TV show Shark.

Stalk It: Musso and Frank’s Grill is located at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in Downtown Hollywood.  I highly recommend stalking it for the great food, amazing ambiance, and the waiters’ legendary Hollywood stories!

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Westin Bonaventure Hotel

Chances are, if you’ve ever taken the 110 Freeway through Downtown Los Angeles, you’ve noticed the futuristic, space-age style structure located on the west side of the freeway.  That building is the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, and it has been featured in countless movie and TV productions.  The hotel, which is just as futuristic and space-age looking on the inside as it is on the outside, was most prominently featured in the Johnny Depp movie Nick of Time

The ultra-modern cement and glass hotel was built in 1974 by architect John Portman and is the largest hotel in Los Angeles.  The hotel stands 367 feet tall and has 35 floors.  The top floor of one of the hotel’s towers is actually a revolving cocktail lounge and observation tower with INCREDIBLE views of Los Angeles.   Step inside the Bonaventure and you’ll have no doubt as to why producers have returned to the hotel over the years for filming.  The building is one hundred percent unique with tall glass towers and elevators, large cement pillars, beams and floors, and countless fountains and ponds located throughout the lobby area.

Besides Nick of Time, the hotel has also starred in countless other movie and  TV productions including Forget Paris, Mission Impossible III, Hard to Kill, Escape From LA, Epicenter, This is Spinal Tap, CSI  and In the Line of Fire.  Arnold Schwarzenegger rode a horse into one of the glass elevators in the movieTrue Lies and the waitresses from the 80s TV show It’s A Living  worked in the hotel’s revolving BonaVista Lounge located on the 34th floor.  If you walk through the hallway leading from the parking garage to the hotel lobby, you will see the movie posters from each of the productions filmed at the Bonaventure.  Each elevator also has a plaque notating which feature film was filmed there.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It:The Westin Bonaventure Hotel is located at 6th Street in Downtown Los Angeles.  Be sure to hit up the BonaVista Lounge while you are there – the views alone are worth the trip!  🙂

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