Lawry's The Prime Rib

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Lawry's The Prime Rib
Restaurant information
Established1938; 82 years ago (1938)
Owner(s)Lawry's Restaurants
Head chefDana Dare
Food typeAmerican, gourmet, prime rib
Dress codeSmart casual[1]
Street address100 N. La Cienega Boulevard
CityBeverly Hills, CA 90211
CountyLos Angeles
CountryUnited States

Lawry's /ˈlaʊərz/ is an upscale gourmet restaurant chain specializing in prime rib and the brand name of a seasoned salt blend spun off by the restaurant founders that evolved into a food products empire today owned by McCormick & Company.

The original location on Restaurant Row on La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California, was opened in 1938 by Lawrence L. "Lawry" Frank and Walter Van de Kamp. There are now several additional locations in the United States and world wide. The company is still operated by the families of the founders, with Richard R. Frank, grandson of Lawrence Frank, serving as president and CEO.[2]

For many years Lawry's carvery was unique in having only a single entrée on its menu, standing rib roast. It now offers alternatives such as vegetarian specials and lobster tails, but retains its focus on carved-to-order roast beef served tableside in signature style from a large metal cart.


In 1922 Frank and Van de Kamp founded the Lawry's company and created the Tam O'Shanter Inn restaurant in the Atwater Village district of Los Angeles, California, which claims to be the oldest restaurant in Los Angeles still operated by the same family in the same location.[2]

In 1938, the two opened Lawry's The Prime Rib on La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

In 1947 Lawry's restaurant moved from its original location on La Cienega across the street and a few yards further south to a larger, mostly windowless, strikingly modernistic building designed by Wayne McAllister. In 1993, it moved to a new building on the original site. McAllister's building is now occupied by The Stinking Rose, a well-known garlic-themed Italian restaurant.

In 1956, just prior to the 1957 Rose Bowl Game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Iowa Hawkeyes, Lawry's entertained the two competing teams. The Beavers were fed a prime rib dinner at the Beverly Hills restaurant and the Hawkeyes the same on the Pasadena City College football field following their practice. This started an annual tradition of hosting both Rose Bowl-bound teams, although following the inaugural event with Iowa the Big Ten teams were served outside Rose Bowl Stadium from 1957-1962. By 1963, when Illinois and Washington both dined at the restaurant on separate nights prior to the 1964 Rose Bowl Game, the two team events had become known as "Lawry's Beef Bowl."[3] The Beef Bowl has expanded to the Dallas, Texas, location for the two Cotton Bowl participants.

In 1974, Lawry's opened a satellite in Chicago's River North district,[4] followed by restaurants in Dallas in 1983 and Las Vegas in 1997. Internationally, Lawry's opened in Jakarta in 1996, Singapore 1999, Tokyo 2001, Taipei 2002, Hong Kong 2006, Shanghai & Osaka in 2008,[5][6] and Seoul in 2013.[7] However, the Jakarta and Shanghai locations are now closed.[8]

Seasoned salt[edit]

While operating the Tam O'Shanter Frank created a special seasoned salt for use there, which was available only to customers.

In 1938, Lawry's opened The Prime Rib on La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Hills and began marketing its signature seasoned salt in retail stores. This marked the beginning of a food products empire under the Lawry's name that today sells a wide range of seasonings and flavorings. The line was sold to Lipton/Unilever in 1979, which in turn sold it to McCormick & Company in 2008.[9]

Restaurant menu[edit]

The restaurant's largest single prime rib serving is named for famed business tycoon Diamond Jim Brady. According to the restaurant, any patron would recognize Diamond Jim's name "as a symbol of the biggest and the best."[10]

Along with roasted prime rib of beef, the restaurant is known for its Yorkshire pudding and its signature "spinning salad," introduced when the restaurant opened in 1928 and still included with every entree.[4] At the time of its founding, salads usually consisted of a combination of fruit, cottage cheese, and gelatin; Lawry's restaurant was one of the first to feature a green salad as an integral part of every meal.[11] The salad is prepared tableside by a server who spins a large metal bowl of greens atop a bed of ice, which is then dressed with "Vintage classic dressing with sherry wine". The salad dressing is sold in bottles at the restaurant but not at retail.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2008-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b D'Onofrio-Holter, Anne (May 13, 2010). "Lawry execs visit Rotary". Arcadia's Best. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ Erickson, Todd (2005). Road to the Rose Bowl: 50 Years of Lawry's Beef Bowl. Silverback Books. ISBN 9781596370340.
  4. ^ a b Zeldes, Leah A. (Dec 9, 2009). "Eat this! Don Roth's Blackhawk salad dressing to go on spinning". Dining Chicago. Chicago's Restaurant & Entertainment Guide, Inc. Retrieved Dec 10, 2009.
  5. ^ "International Sites". Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Lawry's The Prime Rib,Osaka". Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  7. ^ Herald, The Korea (1 November 2013). "Lawry's The Prime Rib opens first Seoul outlet". Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  8. ^ locations
  9. ^ "Unilever to close Lawry's deal with McCormick". Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  10. ^ "Who Was Diamond Jim Brady, Anyway?". Lawry's A La Cart. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  11. ^ Frank, Richard Nathan (1987). Lawry's Foods, Inc: A Blending of Dreams. Newcomen Society of the United States. p. 16.

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Coordinates: 34°04′04″N 118°22′34″W / 34.0678°N 118.3760°W / 34.0678; -118.3760