Formosa Café Returns, with Hollywood Glam Intact

The 1933 Group has returned the landmark bar to its long-ago glory (and then some).

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The gleaming, return-to-the-past renovations of the Formosa Café are complete.
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The gleaming, return-to-the-past renovations of the Formosa Café are complete.
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Maxim Shapovalov
The bar and restaurant, located at 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, first opened in 1925.
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It soon became a favorite spot for celebrities and locals alike.
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The most recent top-to-bottom renovation soon began after its most recent closure, at the end of 2016.
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Small and thoughtful details abound, like this beautiful flourish, found beneath the bar stools.
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That trolley car feel is back, and the low lights, intimate tables, and gleaming wood touches, too.
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As are the exquisite lanterns, a fan favorite.
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What's on the menu? Look for filling, flavorful, and quintessential dishes inspired by some of the great classics of Cantonese cuisine.
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A legendary Hollywood nightspot practically demands a cozy red booth.
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How many actors can you name from the iconic headshots once again lining the top plates of the walls? Without checking the autographs first?
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Technicolor sips are part of that Formosa Café character.
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Tiki influences abound on the libation front. After all, the bar was long known as the ultimate local spot to quaff a Mai Tai.
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Need a bit of privacy? Everyone does in this flash-bulby town, now and then. Thank goodness there are a few private corners to tuck into at the café.
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Welcome to Southern California, where trolley and train-inspired motifs and iconography remain an essential part of our eating experience.
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Can't wait for June 28 to again sip a Mai Tai at this beautiful bar?
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The Formosa Café is currently in its pre-opening "soft opening" phase, nightly.
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Hello again to one of the Hollywood greats, a legend that has seen some peaks and valleys.
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John Wayne, Elvis, and Marilyn Monroe enjoyed a night out here. Shouldn't you? Stop by and welcome the Formosa Café back, all while admiring its ability to transport us to the Hollywood of a bygone era.
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