“Any actor who opens a restaurant should have his head examined.” Dean Martin, of Dino’s on the Sunset Strip

Once upon a time the King of Cool, otherwise known as Dean Martin, was a partner in a restaurant on the Sunset Strip. Dean at Dino's

The restaurant was a hit in the 1950s and his friends had credit there:


By the 1960s Dean and his partners had been to court and Dean said, “Any actor who opens a restaurant should have his head examined” – the partnership was dissolved.

The Rise and Fall of Dino’s Lodge by Kliph Nesteroff – WFMU’s Beware of the Blog.

This is a menu from the 1950s:

dino's lodge.

dino's menu

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  1. February 27, 2013

    Love the quote at the bottom of the menu. I think that sums it all up.
    Great post, V.

    • February 27, 2013

      I guess his experience there was very negative but the doors stayed open for 20 years – that’s a long life for a restaurant.

  2. February 27, 2013

    Remind me sometime )in April maybe) to tell you about my Mother and Dino.

    • February 27, 2013

      In April positively 😉

  3. February 28, 2013

    This is a fascinating menu. But what on earth is “Spring Chicken Old England”?

    • December 30, 2014

      A young bird whose breasts were tenderized by Alfred Hitchcock.

  4. February 28, 2013

    My guess would be one of those little rock cornish game hens roasted with bread stuffing…

  5. Ruben
    August 25, 2013

    I am looking for a menu, my grandfather was the maitre ‘D and would love to get one for my dad! Could you please help?

  6. December 30, 2014

    Ha! Lower right corner of the photo – someone drew a huge mustache on “Dino”!

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