The first license agreement  with Walt
Disney Company for WDW Florida.
The Original
HOLLYWOOD BROWN DERBY, Ltd.
"Meet Me At The Derby   "
A Legend is Born. . .
NOW ON SALE -- 60th ANNIVERSARY BROWN DERBY COOKBOOK
                        
A Hollywood movie entrepreneur
decides to open a coffee shop on
Wilshire Boulevard inspired by the
whimsical architecture then popular in
Los Angeles and by the shape of the
hat worn by visiting New York
governor and presidential candidate,
Al Smith.  Encouraged by the
restaurant's success with L.A.'s
movie colony, another Brown Derby
On Valentine's Day 1929, The
Hollywood Brown Derby
opened in a building specially
designed for Cecil B. DeMille
near the corner of Hollywood
and Vine.  It soon attracted a
sizeable following from the
city's burgeoning movie
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The Beginning. . .
The Hollywood Brown Derby
Is Part Of America's Culture
industry.  Stars received fan mail addressed simply to:  The Brown Derby,
Hollywood and Vine.  For many years, the formidable gossip columnists,
Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, both made The Brown Derby their
"semi-official" headquarters...Clark Gable proposed to Carole Lombard and
she accepted...Famous dishes such as the world-famous Cobb Salad and the
Grapefruit Cake were created here.  New concepts such as telephone at table
side were pioneered here.
Copyright 2007-2014  The Original Hollywood Brown Derby, Ltd.  All rights reserved.
Herbert K. Somborn opened the Brown Derby
restaurant in Los Angeles on Wilshire
Boulevard & Alexandria.
Brief History
1926
1929
On Valentine's Day, the original Hollywood
Brown Derby
, the legend, opened near
Hollywood & Vine.
1931
The Beverly Hills Brown Derby opened on
Wilshire Blvd. & Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
1934
Somborn passed away and Robert (Bob) H.
Cobb became President.  His mid- night
invention, the Cobb Salad was added to the
menu.
1949
The Brown Derby Cookbook published by
Doubleday, in 1962 by Dolphin Books, the
50th anniversary edition in 1976 and the 60th
anniversary edition of 1st printing in 2009.
1970
Bob Cobb passed away and his widow, Sally
Cobb, became President.
1975
Walter P.Scharfe purchased the assets of the
Brown Derby Corporations from Sally Cobb.
1985
The landmark Hollywood location closed.
1987
The first license agreement  with Walt Disney
Company for Walt Disney World Florida.
1996
1996
License agreement with MGM Las Vegas
The Original Hollywood Brown Derby Ltd.,
East Coast established under agreement
between Walter P. Scharfe and M. Elizabeth
Byrd.
In April 1985, The Original Hollywood Brown Derby landmark
restaurant suspended operations because of the need for earthquake
reconstruction of its historic building.   The Hollywood Brown Derby
began its licensing program in 1987 with an agreement with Walt
Disney  Company  for The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant at the
now Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.  In 1990, Walt
Disney Company entered into three additional agreements for
Euro-Disney, Tokyo Disney and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
In February 1996, a ten-year licensing agreement was entered into
with MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The new
MGM Grand Casino Detroit temporary facility was added in 1998.   
Restaurant license agreements are available for high traffic areas,
primarily those that support high volume of visitors and tourists.  
Entertainment complexes, mixed-use developments, tourist attractions
and upscale theme parks are just some of the environments which
would support The Hollywood Brown Derby brand and concept.  
Those interested in the restaurant business and for specific
details, please see our 'Licensing' page.
The Tradition Continues...
The Tradition Continues...
The Tradition Continues...
is planned.
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