The Formosa Café in West Hollywood first opened its doors in 1939 making its new, revitalized debut in its 80th year in 2019 under the stewardship of the 1933 Group known for impressive and thoughtful historic renovations of iconic restaurants including, most recently, Tail o’the Pup.
“Located in 1939 across from the then-Samuel Goldwyn studio (now known as The Lot,) stars like Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, and Elvis Presley would pop into the legendary Formosa Cafe regularly for dining and drinks. On any given day, patrons might have seen Ava Gardner dancing past the old, red leather booths, or John Wayne nursing a late-night scotch (he was caught making scrambled eggs in their kitchen one morning, after reportedly passing out in a booth the night before).”
“Among the artful interior design restorations by the 1933 Group is the full reveal of the iconic and original red trolley car, dating back to 1904 and is confirmed to be the oldest surviving red train car remaining in existence. Boxes of autographed celebrity photos and storage units of original memorabilia have thoughtfully made their way back into the Cafe.”
“1933 Group partner, Bobby Green, worked with local Los Angeles archivists and hospitality notables who helped to develop the new food and cocktail menu: a retrospective of Formosa’s culinary evolution since the 1920’s. The new Formosa not only transports guests back in time to the glory days of Hollywood, but with its new, refreshed menu guests are given another way to connect to a special part of Los Angeles gastronomic history, too.”
The heart and soul of the revitalization of Formosa Café, Bobby Green of 1933 Group, joins us with chopsticks in hand.
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