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Site of the Vine Street Brown Derby

 
 
Site of the Vine Street Brown Derby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, August 14, 2005
1. Site of the Vine Street Brown Derby Marker
Inscription. The most famous Hollywood restaurant of its day, the Brown Derby opened Valentine's Day, 1929. Owner Robert Cobb was also the inventor of the Cobb Salad. He originated furnishing telephones at tables during mealtime. Celebrities’ popularity was gauged by the number of phone pages they received. Clark Gable proposed to Carole Lombard here in booth 54. Caricatures of movie stars decorated the walls. Damaged by fire and later by earthquake, it was demolished in 1994.
 
Erected by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 22.)
 
Location. 34° 6.045′ N, 118° 19.599′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Vine Street 0.1 miles south of Hollywood Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1628 Vine Street, Los Angeles CA 90028, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Capitol Records Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Warner Pacific Theatre (approx. ¼ mile away); The Pig ‘n Whistle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Buster Keaton Studios (approx. ¾ mile away); Hollywood’s First Major Film Company Studio (approx. ¾ mile away); Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Hollywood Reporter (approx. 0.9 miles away); Award of Excellence KTLA-TV (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Charlton Heston's "Walk of Fame" star is in front of the
A reported remaining section of the Brown Derby image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, August 14, 2005
2. A reported remaining section of the Brown Derby
former Brown Derby entrance. A remnant of the building still exists at 1638 Vine St, which was preserved and restored during recent development.
 
Regarding Site of the Vine Street Brown Derby. The Hollywood Brown Derby was the second but most popular of the four original Brown Derby restaurants. The first was on Wilshire Boulevard, shaped like a derby hat, opposite the former Ambassador Hotel. The Beverly Hills Brown Derby was located at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard opposite the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The last Brown Derby, which is the only building still standing, is on Los Feliz Blvd at Hillhurst. The Los Feliz Brown Derby was a car hop and was recently granted landmark status. It is now a bank.
 
Additional keywords. Hollywood and Vine, Meet me at the Derby
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
Remaining Section of Brown Derby image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 27, 2018
3. Remaining Section of Brown Derby
After redevelopment, and restoration of the old building. The parking lot is gone.
Cornice Detail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 27, 2018
4. Cornice Detail
The cornice detail on remains image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, August 14, 2005
5. The cornice detail on remains
The stylized cornice was a signature feature of the Vine Street Brown Derby.
The parking lot Where the Brown Derby once stood image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, August 14, 2005
6. The parking lot Where the Brown Derby once stood
Front of Brown Derby Restaurant Menu, showing the four locations in 1948 image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the New York Public Library, 1948
7. Front of Brown Derby Restaurant Menu, showing the four locations in 1948
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 2,374 times since then and 82 times this year. Last updated on December 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 1, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.   3, 4. submitted on December 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   5, 6. submitted on April 1, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.   7. submitted on December 6, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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