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Lawry’s Legendary Chairman Dies at 92

Richard N. Frank, son of original Lawry’s owner Lawrence Frank, died on Wednesday, May 20th in Pasadena. Los Angeles Magazine editor and historian Chris Nichols wrote this obituary. I wrote an extensive illustrated blog about Lawry’s 75th anniversary that is … Continue reading

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Two Important Preservation Successes! Four Seasons and Norm’s Coffee Shop

Two major victories in two days.  New York City’s Landmarks Commission voted to deny requested alterations to the interior of the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan.  The interior had been designated years ago, but the current owner nonetheless wanted to … Continue reading

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Four Seasons Restaurant Interior Threatened

This is my favorite mid-century restaurant interior in America.  And it’s threatened with inappropriate alterations!

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Terrific List of 100 Classic Southern California Restaurants

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Nikki Kreuzer has done the heavy lifting in compiling this list of 100 classic Southern California restaurants with roots as early as 1905.  This is a tremendous effort and one worthy of praise.

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Dal Rae Replaces Historic Neon for Ugly Backlit Plastic

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The recent replacement of the Dal Rae’s historic neon with backlit plastic – aside from being extremely ugly – is tragic and terribly misguided. Most likely the owners felt that it was too expensive to continue maintaining the original neon. … Continue reading

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Discovering Wisconsin’s Amazing Supper Clubs

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Wisconsin is famous for many things – Beer, schnitzels, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen, cheese curds, the Green Bay Packers, the Dells, Friday fish frys, and supper clubs.  Of these it’s Wisconsin’s supper clubs that make me long for a leisurely … Continue reading

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Celebrating Lawry’s 75th Anniversary

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Lawry’s The Prime Rib opened on June 15, 1938 at the foot of what would come to be called Restaurant Row.  Last week, the restaurant celebrated its 75th anniversary with some amazing events. On Tuesday, the company honored its loyal … Continue reading

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