The Formosa Café
7156 Santa Monica Blvd. West
Hollywood, CA 90046
Oh, the tales this late-night watering hole could tell about the Golden Age of Hollywood.
A favorite after hours haunt, the Formosa regularly saw the likes of Bogie, Sinatra and Ava, John Wayne, James Dean and Elvis grabbing a bite, nursing drinks and even dancing. Formosa Café lore has it that one morning the staff arrived to find The Duke himself scrambling eggs in the kitchen, after passing out in his booth the night before.
Thanks to much archival research and pain-staking a renovation. patrons now can enjoy lunch or dinner in an authentically recreated Formosa where their favorite Old Hollywood stars tipped many a glass.
The famous Yee Mee Loo bar alone brings to life the historic contributions of Chinese Americans in the film industry, thanks to Arthur Dong, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and author of the book Hollywood Chinese. Dong generously opened his private collection of lobby cards, photos and headshots to help recreate the showcase of Chinese American talent and milestones in the Golden Age.
To celebrate the ever-popular Chinese Cuisine that is the Formosa’s specialty, Chef and Culinary Instructor Wayne Smith, Western Colorado Community College, has created a special PuPu Platter of 5-Spice Pork Ribs, Crab Rangoons, Korean Fried Chicken Wings with Gochujang, Salad Spring Rolls and Cashew Long Bean. The platter will be a passed appetizer for our Hooray for Hollywood VIP Luncheon. The varied items on the platter will be paired with a local rose wine selected by wine consultant Pat Kennedy and viticulturist and oenologist Jenne Baldwin-Eaton.