Fight is on to keep 'Mad Men' restaurant from changing with the times
That's La Villa Basque, a 1960s-era landmark used as a location to film the television show "Mad Men." Even as state lawmakers seek to dissolve the city around it, Los Angeles-area preservationists are campaigning to convince the restaurant's new operators not to remodel and modernize it.
The operators are giving La Villa Basque a new name, "Vivere," and a sign in front boasts "New Chef, New Menu, New Vibe."
But leaders of the Los Angeles Conservancy say the restaurant's Googie-style coffee shop, its elegant dining room and plush Rat Pack martini lounge should not lose the "authentic character" that makes the place a throwback to another era. Read the rest of the story in Thursday's L.A. Times:
The bar in La Villa Basque was used in an episode of "Mad Men." Credit: Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times