We can finally stop watching endless hours of Once upon a time in hollywood – The Musso and Frank Grill reopens for dining room service on Thursday, May 6.
As part of the celebration, Hollywood’s oldest restaurant returns with a special Mother’s Day treat – Musso’s will be open to patrons on Monday, May 10 from 5 p.m., marking the first time in decades that ‘they will serve customers on a Monday. It will be the only monday the restaurant will be open.
“It’s been a long journey these past few months, for sure,” Mark Echeverria, COO, CFO tell LA Weekly. “I never thought that running a closed restaurant would be more work than running an open restaurant.”
The iconic grill on Hollywood Blvd. successfully weathered the pandemic storm by taking advantage of various government programs, including two PPP disbursements and a Go Fund Me account which raised $ 120,000, which helped the team to reimburse living expenses.
“We were able to keep the vast majority of our team,” said Echeverria. “Two guys who worked for us retired and another couple left the area. Out of 84 employees, we kept 78. ”
The fourth generation member of the owner family has been in contact with the team at weekly Zoom meetings over the past year, staying in close contact and keeping morale up.
“They told me that the financial aid was greatly appreciated to help them get through very difficult times, but what was even more rewarding for them was to see the Musso community come forward in large numbers,” he says. “It was the biggest reward. It will be great to see the team interact with donors when these doors reopen for the first time on May 6th. They felt like personalities of how the community came together for them.
In addition to a lot of dusting, cleaning, browsing government programs, vaccinations, and a few other film shoots over the past year, an expansion of Musso Space that began during their centenary in 2019 is nearing completion and will open in June, along with the rest of the state. It will feature three private dining rooms driven by popular demand from longtime patrons. In collaboration with design firm Gensler, meticulous details have kept the restaurant’s historic atmosphere alive in the new space and will include temperature-controlled wine vaults, custom wood panels two-thirds of the way up, topped with ‘a hand painted mural.
“They look fantastic and are so Musso and we’re really excited to bring this extra experience,” says Echeverria.