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Mike Gotovac interview at Dan Tana's

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When people ask me to suggest a classic Hollywood joint, there’s only one place that comes to mind: Dan Tana’s. On October 1 this dark and cozy Italian landmark will celebrate its 50th anniversary. For those of you who haven’t been (how could you?) the decor is reminiscent of a 1950s gangster flick: red walls, checkered table cloths, dark lighting, chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling. Located next to the world famous Troubadour, Dan Tana’s clientele has always been a mix of Hollywood A-listers, sports figures, musicians, and neighborhood locals, like myself (they still serve my favorite chicken parmesan.) While waiting for your table (reservations suggested!), stand off to the side and say hello to one of the restaurant’s longest employed staff members, bartender Michael Gotovac. For 45 years, patrons have confessed their deepest secrets to the lovably cantankerous Croatian. I sat down with the legendary drinks slinger to get his insights about working at the West Hollywood insti…

The Palm Restaurant

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The Palm Restaurant is moving to Beverly Hills this November. Since I’ve taken on this crusade getting the caricatures off the walls of The Palm Restaurant and into the hands of the people who have graced them over the past 40 years, I’ve spoken to Shecky Green, Bob Newhart, Barbara Eden, Norm Crosby, Rona Barrett, James Caan, Frankie Avalon, Carol Channing, James Garner’s beloved daughter and received fabulous quotes from Jerry Weintraub and Gary Owens. My article on this mission will be featured in the October issue of "Los Angeles Magazine". But the work doesn't stop there! There’s still 1600 faces that need to be claimed. Once again if your likeness is up there or you’re related to one who is, please let us know by October 5th,  The sooner, the better. ! Below is a list of every face that graces the walls of the current Palm! Please get in touch with the Palm directly to claim your face or a loved one! In order to pick up the original art, you will need to RSVP. You …