Musso and Frank's has been a favorite hangout of the stars since it first opened in 1919. Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, Gloria Swanson, Cecil B. DeMille, and John Barrymore frequented the grill.
Musso's was originally next door, but moved to a larger quarters in 1937. The wooden booths and sense of privacy remain unchanged from 1937. A long wooden bar dominates the main dining room. It is still operated by relatives of the founders.
In the 30's and 40's a number of well-known authors were lured to Hollywood to write scripts based on their bestsellers or to create new material for the flourishing film industry. One of their favorite haunts was Musso and Frank's; the regulars included Ernest Hemingway, F' Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Lowell Thomas, Robert Benchley, and the author of Day of the Locust - Nathaniel West.