Updating rear end in 1937 chevy truck
The original tin ceilings were uncovered, new neon was added to the front and an old-time feeling wooden bar was added with more neon.
The decor features vintage pharmacy items, newspaper wallpaper, old tin signs and vintage product packages.
This is the oldest restaurant in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties, though the current building technically dates to 1952.
President Roosevelt ate here in 1903 & later DW Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Marlena Dietrich, Clark Gable, John Wayne & Frank Sinatra.
in Orange, but moved around the corner to Chapman Ave in 1901.
In 1915 they added the soda fountain and began serving ice cream and comfort food.
In 2016 a new owner completely gutted and renovated the restaurant, bringing the interior back to its original turn of the century roots.
They are most famous for their French dipped roast beef sandwich and roll soaked in gravy.
Originally opened at 300 Alameda St in 1908 by French immigrant Philippe Mathieu, it moved to its current location several blocks away in 1951 after being booted from the old one due to construction of the 101 Hollywood freeway.
I pray that old places don’t renovate their mid-century or even mid-’70s decor.
I often search the internet for authentic old-school spots in neighborhoods I visit and finding them is not always easy.
Philippe’s, like Cole’s, also claims to have invented the French Dip sandwich by accidentally dropped the crunchy roll into gravy.