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Musso & Frank, starred restaurant in Hollywood, celebrates its centenary

AFP, published on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 2:18

From Charlie Chaplin to Quentin Tarantino, most Hollywood stars have been to the Musso & Frank restaurant in Los Angeles, which has also become a legend in the film and celebrated its centenary on Friday.

The restaurant is proud to treat unknown guests and celebrities, but admits to making an exception when Tarantino came to ask for a favor. For his latest film, "Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood", the director wanted to privatize the establishment for five days, the time to film Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Al Pacino while enjoying whiskey acid and Bloody Mary leaning in his legendary bar.

"We had never closed the restaurant for a movie, but when Quentin came to see us and told us what he was thinking about, we really wanted to be part of it," Mark Echeverria told AFP. owner of the restaurant that celebrated its 100th birthday on Friday.

"We love Quentin for life, for death, he's been here a long time," he says.

Located on Hollywood's famous Hollywood Boulevard, Musso & Frank is one of many historic sites that underline the film of Tarantino, an ode to his childhood in Los Angeles in the 1960s.

Many others before him had adopted the restaurant that is known for its discretion and its dark wood paneling. There are countless stars who have used his red leather couches, Charlie Chaplin who came to ride on Buster Keaton and shot "Frigo Mover" in 1922.

He has continued to attract his share of icons in recent decades, including Humphrey Bogart and Rita Hayworth, then Marilyn Monroe and Steve McQueen.

Writers such as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Francis Scott Fitzgerald have also included the restaurant and martinis in their novels.

The current chef, J.P. Amateau, remembers a meeting with a different kind of celebrity: the former British Prime Minister "Margaret Thatcher, she had ordered lamb chops!". "She came to see me and she wanted to know what heels were and where the lamb came from," he told AFP.

Musso & Frank, from a century of good and loyal service, became the first restaurant with a star on Hollywood Boulevard on Friday.

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