This week on WEDWay Radio we take a look at one of the original attractions from the first year of the Disney MGM Studios, one its fantastic restaurants (which I believe are attractions as well), The Hollywood Brown Derby.
The Brown Derby was modeled from one of the four original Brown Derby restaurants from the golden age of Hollywood. What many might not know is that here were actually four different Brown Derbys, and none are around today.
The first opened in 1926 on Wilshire Blvd, known as the Wilshire Brown Derby. This is the version that is shaped like an actual hat.
The second opened in 1929 on Vine, and is probably the most famous because of all of the stars that frequented the restaurant in the 1930's, 40's and 50's. This is probably because of its close proximity to the movie studios in Hollywood.
In the 1980's when Disney began planning the Disney MGM Studios, they licensed the name, the likeness and the caricatures from the couple who purchased the rights to the Brown Derby from the Cobb family (Cobb salad). Many of the design elements and thematic gestures are taken directly from the original Brown Derby, including caricatures, horeshoe booths, Spanish Mission Revival arhitecture and more.
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Image above provided by the intelligent, well spoken and good looking Tom Bricker of the Disney Tourist Blog