Hody’s restaurant at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, circa 1957

Hody's Restaurant at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, circa 1957From 1955 to 1969 the northwest corner of Hollywood and Vine was occupied by Hody’s coffee shop, name after (I assume) owner Sidney Hoedemaker. (For the previous 15 years it had been a Melody Lane, and before that, a Coco Tree café.) Hody’s was a chain of 8 family restaurants and we usually see photos of this place with a huge clown face, but I prefer this billboard for a 1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket automobile, which places this photo in the mid-to-late-1950s. This corner is now an empty parking lot, but I think it would make a perfect location for a new Brown Derby.

The same corner at night in 1959:

hody's restaurant corner hollywood vine 1959

The history of the northwest corner of the Hollywood and Vine intersection:

  • 1932 to 1940 – CoCo Tree Café

  • 1940 to 1955 – Melody Lane

  • 1955 to 1969 – Hody’s

  • 1970 to 1985 – Howard Johnson’s

  • 1987 to circa1988 – The Brown Derby

  • 1990 to circa1992 – Premieres of Hollywood

Coco Tree matchbook - Hollywood and Vine

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