Musso & Frank Grill was the First Restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard

Did you know the first restaurant to open in Hollywood was the Musso & Frank Grill in 1919?

Musso & Frank Grill is a restaurant located at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Opened in 1919, it is steeped in Hollywood history, having been the hideout of a host of famous Hollywood celebrities from days gone by. It is named for original owners Joseph Musso and Frank Toulet.

 

As Hollywood’s oldest eatery (since 1919), Musso & Frank is the paragon of Old Hollywood grillrooms. In its heyday it was a popular destination for Hollywood’s elite, including movie stars, film directors and producers and the great writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Bukowski, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler andErnest Hemingway drank here during their screenwriting days and where Orson Welles used to hold court. The waiters can point out their favorite booths and tell stories about which books were partially written here. Legend has it that Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, and Douglas Fairbanks raced each other down Hollywood Boulevard on horseback, the loser having to pick up the dinner tab at Musso & Frank’s.

The restaurant is featured in a scene in the 1994 Tim Burton film Ed Wood in a scene where Ed Wood, Jr, meets his hero, Orson Welles. It is also featured in the videogame LA Noire as a famous landmark.

Also, on episode 19 of season 3 of 90210, there is a scene where characters played by Shenae Grimes and Sally Kellerman are on the inside of the restaurant as one of Marla [Kellerman]’s favorite place.