Two Brown Derby restaurants, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, circa 1937

Two Brown Derby restaurants, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, circa 1937This is one of the most extraordinary finds I’ve come across in all the years I’ve been collecting and posting vintage photos of Los Angeles: TWO Brown Derby restaurants on Wilshire Boulevard! According to the research I’ve done, in 1926 (or 1929, accounts differ), the original Brown Derby opened, facing due south at 3427 Wilshire between Mariposa & Alexandria. In 1937, it moved half a block east to 3377 Wilshire, oriented to the northeast corner of Alexandria. I just assumed they pulled one down and then built the other, but clearly the first one stayed open while the new one went up. Makes sense now that I think about it. (Like, duh, Martin!) But NEVER have I seen a shot when both Brown Derbys were still standing. I assume this didn’t last long—surely when the new one was opened, the old one came down pretty quickly—but we can see that the new Derby was taller and rounder and came with the “Eat in the Hat” sign on top.

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