Pig 'n Whistle
|Pig 'n Whistle|
|Established||July 22, 1927|
|Dress code||Casual, business casual|
|Street address||6714 Hollywood Boulevard|
|City||Hollywood, Los Angeles|
The Pig 'n Whistle was originally a chain of restaurants and candy shops, founded by John Gage in 1908.:7 He opened his first location in Downtown Los Angeles, next to the now-demolished third city hall in the 200 block of South Broadway.:7
The Hollywood location of the Pig 'n Whistle was first opened in 1927 next to The Egyptian Theatre. The building housing the new restaurant cost $225,000 and featured "[c]arved oak rafters, imported tiles, artistically wrought grilles and balcony and great panelled fresco paintings from Don Quixote." It was frequented by such celebrities as Spencer Tracy, Shirley Temple and Howard Hughes. The original Hollywood location closed down after World War II and its distinctive wooden furniture, decorated with hand-carved whistle-playing pigs, was sold to Miceli's Italian Restaurant, located around the corner at 1646 Las Palmas Avenue, where it remains to the present day.
By the late 1990s the location housed a fast-food pizza restaurant, and all that remained of the original tenant was a bas-relief pig on the front of the building. In 1999, British restaurant operator Chris Breed remodeled the building, recovering the spectacular original ceiling ornamentation, and re-opened the restaurant.
- Maria Elena Fernandez (May 20, 2001). "Pillow Talk at the Pig". The Los Angeles Times.
- Margaret Gray (May 17, 2012). "Review: A twist to 'It Is Done' at the Pig 'N Whistle". The Los Angeles Times.
- Paul T. Bradley (February 20, 2014). "Ten Great L.A. Open Mic Nights for Music". LA Weekly.
- Veronica Gelakoska (October 2010). Pig 'n Whistle. Arcadia Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7385-8141-5.
- "Buildings Rise in Hollywood". The Los Angeles Times. July 17, 1927. p. E1.
- Scarlet Cheng (April 26, 2001). "A Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear". The Los Angeles Times.
- Ed Liebowitz (October 24, 1999). "The Best...the Beautiful...and the Bizarre; PORKY'S II; The Pig"n Whistle Returns". The Los Angeles Times.
- Michael Szymanski (July 15, 1990). "Where Pigs Danced and Waitresses Reached for Stars". The Los Angeles Times. p. WSJ8.
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