While the city is captivated with new places pretending to be old, like The Edison and Roger Room, Musso and Frank wants to remind everyone that it actually is old and never changed to suit fashions. While most everyone who has put their hands in the cement at Graumann’s must know that, the 1919-opened restaurant that got Bogart blotto and Garbo tanked is making itself more appealing to diners who make their reservations after 6 p.m.
29-year old Jordan M. “A Young Soul” Jones, a descendant of an early Frank’s owner, took over the classic this fall and tells L.A. Times that he’s pushed weekend hours back to 2 a.m., started playing music over speakers that resemble 40’s intercoms, and has constructed a serious wine list (with Opus One) to compliment the famous martinis and bring Musso back to the party. Vegas-raised Jones has also overseen the restoration of Musso’s backroom which earned “Algonquin West” comparisons in its days. While the days when Nathaniel West, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald drank here are obviously done, Gore Vidal still makes appearances and if Jones’ plan is successful, maybe one of those Twilight kids will do something crazy here and have their first public freak-out.
A new chapter for a legendary Hollywood restaurant [L.A. Times]