Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's | 1998
Capturing a behind-the-scenes look at the real life humor and drama surrounding the legendary Hollywood haunt that served the stars for 59 years. As the clock ticks toward Chasen's final day, the film captures everything from the last Oscar party to the tearful farewells of closing night. Eras collide as dozens of celebrities reminisce--from Fay Wray and Sharon Stone to Robert Wagner and Quentin Tarantino. But the film's real stars are the devoted staff: the compulsively elegant waiters. Men like the infamous Tommy Gallagher who dared to call Sinatra Frank." Or bartender Pepe Ruiz, who invented a fiery cocktail for Martini enthusiast Dean Martin. Packed with booze, flaming steaks and red leather banquettes, the documentary is an invitation into the world where the original swingers swung.