Category: Restaurant

Hotel El Tejon menu


Image: front of 1939 menu.


Image: circa 1939 postcard.

Learn more about the hotel in this 2011 article in the online version of Bakersfield Magazine: .


Hollywood area map, books and more


Image: 2015 map of noir-era locations from .

Instead of studying the low-res image above, go to the link and download the high-res version at no cost. Also on the linked page is a detailed legend of the locations such as

 8795 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills
 Opened 1939, Closed 1948

that gives additional information. Some of the listings have links leading to more information and photos.

These locations relate to a series of historical novels written by Martin Turnbull depicting the glory years of Hollywood. This blogger just ordered Citizen Hollywood. It’s set in 1939.

Explore the site to find more gems. For example, scroll down to “1939” on to see lots of interesting things from the year such as “Lana Turner is the first Hollywood star reported to be wearing nylons.”

Café Gala


Image: detail of undated matchbook from .

“Café Gala – 8795 Sunset Boulevard -sat on the Sunset Strip where Spago stood until 2001, was opened in 1939 by Baroness Catherine d’ Erlinger, ‘a titled Englishwoman with bohemian tastes and the case to exercise them.’ Like the ‘pansy clubs’, it attracted Hollywood’s smart set regardless of sexuality. It was treated no differently than other clubs by the gossip columnists. Café Gala, says Mann, ‘epitomizes both the social scene and the status of homosexuals within the industry of immediate post-Code Hollywood. With a veneer of ‘respectability’ – a façade that could not be overly identified as ‘queer’ or ‘deviant’ – both the Gala and the gays within the studio structure could thrive.'”
Excerpt from .

Brown Derby restaurants


1939 image of Cary Grant and Phyllis Brooks at the Hollywood Brown Derby. From .

There was more than just one Brown Derby in the Hollywood-Los Angeles area.

“In 1939, Bob Cobb [co-owner of the Brown Derby restaurants] commented, ‘Clark Gable has to have his coffee just right and Alice Faye’s boiled eggs can’t be left on too long. Gary Cooper’s fried chicken must be dry rather than greasy. And that’s the way they get ’em. They get ’em that way even though we have to tear the kitchen apart.
“‘Stars are particular about their food because they know what good food is. Stars are used to having things the way they want them and that;s how we plan to have them. But if we didn’t the stars wouldn’t fuss. Most of them are the nicest folks on earth from a restaurant man’s point of view. No, they’d simply leave the food, exit smiling and not come back. Who’d blame them? Not me!'”
Excerpts from

Brown Derby’s Chef Salad recipe, a scaled down version of the restaurant’s famous Cobb Salad. (Published in 1939): .

See more 1939 Brown Derby photos and information at .

Read about Phyllis Brooks at .