This story is rather old, but I could not ignore it, because it seemed to me some kind of outrageous nightmare! It’s like a leap in time to 50 years ago, when segregation was in full force, when blacks had separate toilets and had no right to be in the same room with whites!
ask the white woman to leave. Apparently this must be their policy to cater more to non blacks. If the black people were frequent patrons , why were they not respected as such.
Some people are not afraid of other races, they’re just pure racists.
The Brown’s Chicken Massacre took place on 8 January, 1993, in Palatine, Illinois, United States. Two assailants stormed Brown’s Chicken Restaurant and systematically gunned down seven people which included the married owners, 50-year-old Richard Ehenfeldt and 49-year-old Lynn Ehlenfeldt, 46-year-old
Guadalupe Maldonado, 16-year-old Michael Castro, 17-year-old Rico Solis, 32-year-old Thomas Mennes and 31-year-old Marcus Nellsen. The assailants then robbed approximately $2,000 - a meagre price for seven innocent lives. The case went unsolved for the following nine years until authorities received a tip off from the ex-girlfriend of one of the assailants. She had explained that she hadn’t come forward sooner due to being threatened by her boyfriend. James Degorski and Juan Luna, a former employee, were finally apprehended and linked to the senseless murders via DNA. They were sentenced to life imprisonment.
the golden era of Hollywood, legendary restaurants such as the Brown
Derby, Romanoff’s, La Rue, Perino’s, and Scandia attracted celebrity
clientele and high society with some of the finest culinary delights,
impeccable service, and the chance to see and be seen.
Among these notable restaurants in Los Angeles that flourished from
the1930s through the 1960s were the Brown Derby Restaurants. The most
famous of the four Derbies, the Hollywood Brown Derby opened in 1929,
located at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. It
was the hub of Hollywood - surrounded by broadcasting studios, theaters,
and movie studios. Its signature brown leather booths were purposely
designed low to encourage table hopping among its celebrity patrons.
For those who ate at the restaurant, it was important to have your
cartoon drawn by Eddie Vitch, and have your caricature hang on one of
the adorning walls. The Brown Derby Restaurants photographs
depict film stars, studio executives, and other industry insiders
dining at the popular eatery. Below is a Hollywood Brown Derby menu,
circa 1930s, from the William Beaudine papers.
The Hollywood Brown Derby menu featured a few simples dishes
meticulously prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. The
restaurant emphasized its quality of ingredients and some dishes were
sponsored by the celebrity patrons themselves. Dorothy Lamour, who was
Miss New Orleans in 1931, contributed a New Orleans Shrimp Creole recipe
to the menu. Louella Parsons’ request for a nonfat desert was the
inspiration behind the Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake. The famous Cobb
Salad, named after restaurateur Robert Cobb, was served on an ice cold
plate with a cold fork and old Fashioned French Dressing at the table
Across town on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, there was another
restaurant that attracted a heady mix of Hollywood stars and high
powered agents. Founded by vaudevillian Dave Chasen in 1936, Chasen’s
began to build a celebrity following that included Charlie Chaplin,
Alfred Hitchcock, Mickey Rooney, Ronald Reagan, and Marilyn Monroe.
While filming Cleopatra (1963), Elizabeth Taylor popularized
Chasen’s when she requested their famous chili to be shipped to her
shooting location in Rome. The restaurant’s specialty was Hobo Steak – a
rich sirloin baked in salt and sautéed in butter, sliced tableside.
Another signature dish, the Deviled Beef Bones – breaded ribs made from
the standing prime rib roast had to be ordered a week in advance.
Chicken Curry was one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite dishes, Lucille Ball
loved the Creamed Spinach and Banana Shortcake, and Jimmy Stewart
customarily dined on small amounts of the thinly sliced Calf’s Liver.
Below is a Chasen’s menu from the W.C. Fields papers.
Other notable menus in the Margaret Herrick Library’s Special Collections include autographed menus collected by Nelda M. Siegmund
from 1933 and 1934. The collection includes two menus from Tijuana,
Mexico establishments, the Hotel Agua Caliente and the Foreign Club Cafe
de Luxe, both autographed by numerous Hollywood film personalities.