The Palm Razing Its Famous Caricature Wall
The images of faces from Jack Nicholson to Johnny Carson won't be moving to the restaurant's new location
This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
After 39 years, the Palm is closing its West Hollywood location Sept. 30 and reopening in Beverly Hills in November because of rising rent.
The menu will remain, and the decor mostly will be the same. But the restaurant's wall of famous faces — from Jack Nicholson and Johnny Carson to Disney's Alan Horn and CAA's Kevin Huvane — won't.
"I didn't want to reopen with any on the new walls," says owner Bruce Bozzi Jr., the partner of CAA's Bryan Lourd. "I thought, 'Let's start putting the faces on as people start coming.' Besides, if you do 50, then who are those 50? Am I insulting another 100? So now you can build a relationship with this new place and get on the wall again."
In early October, the Palm will cut the existing caricatures out of the wall, frame them and give them to their real-life counterparts, or else their loved ones, upon request.