Ma Maison

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Ma Maison was a restaurant opened by Patrick Terrail in the fall of 1973 at 8368 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California. Backers included Gene Kelly.[1]

It is credited with getting Wolfgang Puck's career off the ground, for starting the trend called California cuisine but they called "California nouvelle"[1] and being a hot spot for celebrities.[2][3] Terrail arranged for many famous artists to paint the menu covers[4] designed by David Hockney.[1] (One menu was featured in an art exhibition at the Los Angeles Central Library).[5] It closed on November 1, 1985.[6]

Their phone number was unlisted, supposedly because "If you don't have the number, we don't want you."[7]

One source stated the “fall from greatness” began when sous chef John Sweeney strangled his actress girlfriend (Dominique Dunne)[8] to death. Many believed Terrail supported Sweeney leading “the glamorous clientele” to stop frequenting the restaurant.[1]

Besides being a hotspot for celebrities, they attracted “businessmen and lawyers ... for what became known as Ma Maison's "drunk lunches." Debauchery ensued, and conspicuous consumption to the highest degree was commonplace.”[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Coser, Crystal (January 29, 2015). "The Epic Rise and Fall of Ma Maison, The Restaurant That Made Wolfgang Puck Famous". Eater. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Ma Maison: The Clubhouse to the Stars". 23 September 2013.
  3. ^ Harmetz, Aljean. "HOLLYWOOD: THIS WAY IN".
  4. ^ "The Brilliant, Bitter History of L.A.'s Fabled Ma Maison, Where Welles and Nicholson Were Regulars".
  5. ^ Miranda, Carolina. "L.A. stories hidden in menus, from tiki kitsch to Ma Maison" (June 11, 2015). Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  6. ^ Ryon, Ruth (10 November 1985). "Ma Maison's West Hollywood Site Sold" – via LA Times.
  7. ^ "In Hollywood, Ma Maison Is 'my House' for the Biggest Stars".
  8. ^ Dunne, Dominick (April 8, 2008). "Justice A father's account of the trial of his daughter's killer". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Gordon Hamersley on Staying Motivated 27 Years Later". 24 February 2014.
  10. ^ Karen Stabiner (August 24, 2013). "For a Chef, 41 Years in the Kitchen Takes Its Toll". The New York Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.

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