As of 2019, five of the Girves chain are still in business. A former Girves Brown Derby restaurant in the past has offered Hollywood -style food.
|The original Brown Derby on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, circa 1968|
|Previous owner(s)||Wilson Mizner|
The original Brown Derby ( 3377 Wilshire Boulevard) closed and was quickly dismantled in 1985. The round part of its hat persists in the same location as part of a Korean mini-mall. Though you can see a band at the Derby, or drive past what’s left of the hat, they are shadows of what they were.
That Derby closed in ’85, the same year the Los Feliz branch turned into a night club. In the last few decades, much effort has gone into preserving the giant hat from the Wilshire location as a historical landmark. The only remaining Brown Derby is located at the Disney-MGM Studio theme park in Florida.
Overall, The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a restaurant that is not to be missed–for adults. It is a little pricey compared to other in-park restaurants (but cheaper than other signature restaurants), but the food is well worth the prices.
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We sold many a chocolate-dipped cone. During those days, this delightful treat was called a ” Brown Derby .”
3427 Wilshire Blvd.
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Some argue that the salad was created by the restaurant’s executive chef Robert Kreis in that same year, and named after the restaurant’s owner, Robert Cobb , cousin of baseball legend Ty Cobb . When Grauman returned to the restaurant the following day, he asked for a ‘ Cobb salad ‘ – and so the dish was born.