While there’s no need to panic, it may be best for you to sit down before reading any further.
Musso & Frank is closing. But just for a week and just for renovations.
The absolutely irreplaceable Hollywood dining icon has gone 96 years in its current location along Hollywood Boulevard, and that’s not changing any time soon. However, the slow hand of time has taken its toll on the place (particularly the bathrooms), so management has made the rare decision to close down from June 28 to July 6. That’s according to the LA Weekly, who spoke with Musso & Frank’s manager Bobby Caravella.
"It’s really a restoration," Caravella tells the Weekly, noting that the reupholstered booths and new flooring going in are more of a return to glory than a modernization. After all, much of the place hasn’t really been touched in more than half a century. When it reopens, expect a lot more of the same — great martinis, waiters in red jackets, tourists — which is exactly what the world needs from Musso & Frank. Much like the recently-temporarily-shuttered Tiki Ti in Los Feliz, some icons are too important to be lost to modernization.
OK, you can stand back up now.