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Closed briefly in March 2007 after 99 years in business, Cole’s was brought back to its original splendor with a new owner in 2008 with vermillion red wallpaper, a long mahogany wooden bar, a copper penny tiled floor, Tiffany-style lamps, old photographs mounted on the walls and a back speakeasy.
Claims to have been a hangout of 1930s-40s gangster Mickey Cohen.
We are lucky in Los Angeles to have a lot of spectacular vintage restaurants, but we are still losing many every year to owners who retire, sell out for money or lose their long-held lease to nasty gentrification.
I’m a junkie for vintage architecture and old signs.
It moved to its present location in 1905 and was remodeled and enlarged in 1925. (1908) Cole’s Founded by Henry Cole in 1908 on the bottom floor of the Pacific Electric Building, which at 10 stories was once L. Known for their cocktails and French dip sandwiches, which both Cole’s and nearby Philippe’s claim to have invented.
Cole’s story is that the au jus dipped roll was prepared at the request of a customer with sore gums who could not eat the crunchy bread.
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