1976 photo showing the lunchtime crowd
The sign says it all
Farewell hugs on the last day
Goodbye, Buddy! (note the trademark Indian out front wearing tinsel on the last day)
Watching the building come down in this 1987 photo
The Hollywood Grill was a downtown institution for 51 years. The restaurant got its name from the early days when most of its customers worked in nearby "Film Row"- an area of downtown heavily populated by motion picture distribution houses. It was opened in 1935 by Sam Perry and operated on Fourth St for 20 years until it moved to 215 W. Third St. In 1971, the restaurant was bought by James "Buddy" Hoyle who would run it until its close on December 17, 1986.
"Home Cooked Meals Every Day" was the restaurant's slogan. The Hollywood Grill was famous for its country-style steak, barbecued pork, mashed potatoes, stuffed cabbage, pinto beans, and corn bread. It featured a serving line, so in some respect it was like a cafeteria. There was always a choice of four meats and five vegetables. It had a loyal following for both breakfast and lunch.