street photos (and a few words) by Laurie Allee
Have you been inside the Polo Lounge & as a customer, LA? I've never been. Don't know why I wood ever wanna go. So, what would it offer me if I were go inside as a customer that may tell me this is something special?
It's my special occasion restaurant and has been for over 20 years. Yakpate and I call it Home Base -- we'd also often meet there for lunch when things were not going well and we needed to feel like checking out of reality for an afternoon. Jon surprised me for my 39th birthday by booking one of the bungalows at the hotel. It's a great spot if you're into old Hollywood stuff. Wonderful 1920s decor and striped wallpaper. Good food. Old-school waiters. Cozy old Hollywood glam. The piano player asked my mom to sing a jazz standard when we were there for dinner about 12 years ago. It's just a cool, old Los Angeles spot that has hardly changed in 50 years. At this point, it has major sentimental value for me.
Like the dominant rouge and the green stripes! well framed!
There's a diner in Atlanta that hearens back to a simpler time, The Buckhead Diner, and it's a joy to visit.When I was courting my wife we went to diners and so a trip to that one was quite pleasently nostalgic.
I just love this Hotel. In Feb 1988-the first time we stayed, while I was trying to look cool by the pool my wife was in the Spa Pool with Don Johnson and Barbra Streisand. Then diner that night with Pat Morita on one side and Max Factor on the other we enjoyed wonderful food. The next day in the Polo Lounge restaurant we sat listening to 3 hard looking girls share secrets of how to screw the $$$ out of a husband by employing private investigators while Nick Nolte chomped on a salad on the other side of us. I love this hotel- it really does all happen here.
Hi everyone, thanks for commenting. Wingate, you summed it up well!
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