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The Whisky A Go Go's 50th for Los Angeles Magazine

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The world famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip celebrates its 50th anniversary on Jan. 16th, 2014! And to celebrate this milestone, I had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Tanzini Jr. for an exclusive interview for my latest Los Angeles Magazine feature. His father Philip Tanzini Sr. was one of the original owners. He shares some inside stories I had never heard before and I'm thrilled to share them with you!


Vintage Los Angeles: How Go-Go Dancing Took Off at The Whisky The world-famous club’s success? It all happened by accident Posted on 1/13/2014 9:11:00 AMby Alison Martino



The world famous Whisky A Go Go will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Thursday. Considered the first rock ‘n’ roll venue on the Sunset Strip to take chances by booking new and sometimes notorious artists during the 1960s, it gave future superstars a stage to develop their signature sounds. Johnny Rivers was the first to play live music at the Whisky in 1964. Two years later, the Doors became the …

Remembering "Hamburger Hamlet" for Los Angeles Magazine

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One of the last Hamburger Hamlet's closes in Pasadena. 

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Adam Lewis, son of Harry and Marilyn Lewis - the original owners of Hamburger Hamlet.


Vintage Los Angeles: The Tragedy of Hamburger Hamlet The Pasadena location of the once legendary Sherman-Oaks chain is shuttering tonight, leaving just one outpost standing Posted on 1/2/2014 9:58:00 AMby Alison Martino
Hamburger Hamlet's original location. Photograph by Ellen Berman
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Chasen's Chili is Back!

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Chasen's legendary chili is back at Bristol Farms in West Hollywood! And VINTAGE LOS ANGELES  made it happen!

Vintage Los Angeles: The Hidden Remains of Chasen’s Restaurant Turns out not everything from Chasen's—the Beverly Boulevard hangout of Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, and Clark Gable—has been lost for good. PLUS: How to score a hot serving of Chasen's original chili! Posted on 12/4/2013 8:52:00 AMby Alison Martino



If you moved to Los Angeles after 1995, you may not know about Chasen’s—although the restaurant had the stuff Hollywood legends are made of. Located at 9039 Beverly Boulevard near Beverly Hills, Chasen’s opened in December 1936 and quickly became the culinary hangout of Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Lana Turner, and Groucho Marx. Jimmy Stewart held his bachelor party here, Howard Hughes was seen constantly on the house phone, Alfred Hitchcock routinely fell asleep at his table. After Johnny Carson won his third Emmy in as many years, he took all of t…

BULLWINKLE Statue goes missing from SUNSET STRIP!

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Vintage Los Angeles: The Moose is Loose! Mysteriously missing for months, the Rocky and Bullwinkle statue that once stood on Sunset Blvd. has been spotted at last Posted on 11/18/2013 11:00:00 AMby Alison Martino On September 24, 1961, a gigantic revolving sculpture of the cartoon stars Rocky and Bullwinkle was erected across the street from the world famous Chateau Marmont Hotel, in front of the studios of Jay Ward Productions. It was a parody of the Sahara Hotel billboard, which featured a revolving Cowgirl. What else could you expect from a city built on whimsical novelties? Long after, the Cowgirl was replaced by an even larger and more imposing Marlboro Man billboard, but Rocky and Bullwinkle hung on for dear life, and for more than 50 years, they were the Statue of Liberty of the Sunset Strip. In fact they continued to rule the strip in the hearts of locals and tourists alike, even after Jay Ward Productions shut down in the '90s. They made appearances in dozens of movies an…

A tribute To "Dino's Lodge" for Los Angeles Magazine

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Vintage Los Angeles: Sunset Stripped In the summer of 1958, Dean Martin and his business partner, Maury Samuels, opened a restaurant at 8524 Sunset Blvd. Here's what happened after that Posted on 11/15/2013 11:00:00 AMby Alison Martino Remember the L.A.-based private eye series 77 Sunset Strip? The 1950s series was filmed entirely on the Warner Brothers lot, but theopening 30-second sequencewas filmed in front of Dino's Lodge, located at 8524 Sunset Boulevard. In the summer of 1958, Dean Martin and his business partner, Maury Samuels, bought a former restaurant called The Alpine Lodge. They hired Dean’s brother Bill to manage the place, and immediately renamed it “Dino’s Lodge.” Out front they placed an enormous neon sign featuring Dean Martin’s handsome face and it became one of Hollywood's campiest novelties. The “suit and tie” jazz joint was instantly hip, serving home-style Italian cuisine, steaks, and breakfast until 4 a.m. The interior included dark wood paneling and …

And interview with Alison Martino

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Who: Alison Martino is a Los Angeles-based television producer, who is also a lifelong resident of the city. Martino’s affection for her hometown’s architecture led her to create Vintage Los Angeles — a photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century. The focal point of that attention is the Capitol Records building. In addition to its aesthetic value, the building also once housed the record label of Martino’s father, Al Martino — who, aside from a long and successful singing career, is known for playing the role of “Johnny Fontane” in The Godfather. The film role echoed Martino’s experiences forging a singing career in the 1950s, and his run-ins with the New York mafia. His daughter went on to chronicle the seedier side of Hollywood’s star-machine, as a producer for the E! television series,Mysteries and Scandals. The show was hosted by gossip columnist A.J. Benza, whose introductions were filmed late at night at different…