Not much has changed at Musso & Frank in the 96 years since it opened on Hollywood Boulevard. The waiters still wear the same red jackets, the food continues to reflect what one friend called “gout-stool cuisine” and the murals are forever stained with Clark Gable's cigarette smoke. The largest addition to the restaurant was the east dining room, which is still called “the New Room” despite being built in 1955.

From June 28 until July 6, however, the iconic L.A. restaurant will undergo a rare weeklong closure in order to pull up the flooring in both dining rooms (carpet in one, linoleum in the other), reupholster some booths and redo the bathrooms, which are in serious need of some love. 

“We're not using the words 'remodel' or 'renovation' because it's really a restoration,” Musso & Frank manager Bobby Caravella told the L.A. Weekly. “It sounds weird to say but we're actually going backwards and bringing it back to its original glory. It's like we're waking it up again.”

The reupholstered seats will remain cherry red and the new flooring will be antique French oak to fit in with Musso's vibe. Caravella assures us that this is not a face lift and everything will fit right in with the place's rich history.

Get your martinis before 11 p.m. on June 27. The restaurant will reopen for dinner at 5 p.m. on July 7. 

Musso & Frank, 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 467-7788,

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