It takes a certain quality to make it in Hollywood, but sticking it out for an entire century requires something else altogether. On Friday, Musso & Frank Grill became the first restaurant in Hollywood to reach that milestone, celebrating 100 years of serving up their famed martinis.
Opened on 27 September 1919 by the eponymous Frank Toulet and Joseph Musso, Musso & Frank Grill was originally known as Francois until they adopted the current name in 1923. In those days the offices of the Screen Writers Guild were just across the street, and the restaurant and bar quickly proved popular with the city’s literary heavyweights. Regulars included John Fante, Dorothy Parker, Raymond Chandler and William Faulkner. The latter was said to have had a habit of mixing his own mint juleps behind the bar, something you probably shouldn’t try today.