So iconic, it should probably have its caricature on the wall of the Palm.
Hey, now it does.
Say hello again to The Palm, that legendary house of surf, turf and giant cartoon heads of people you recognize, officially reopening Friday in Beverly Hills. Here’s what’s changed and what hasn’t.
Then: An intimate, low-roofed affair of shiny woods and shinier leather on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Now: A bright, wide, modern dining room of white tablecloths and leather booths under exposed-beam arcs on Canon. Plus, sidewalk seating. Nice. (See the slideshow here.)
Then: Your secret toasts were conducted in the private Gigi Room.
Now: You can reserve the glassed-in James Dean Room up front... or what they’re calling “The Regal Beagle,” a wood-paneled private room in back with a discreet side entrance.
Then: Giant heads covering every inch of the walls.
Now: A massive cartoon mural of LA covering an entire wall, with the Palm in the middle. (Yup, those Charlie’s Angels are actually Sherry Lansing, Amy Pascal and Sue Mengers.) There’s plenty of real estate for new heads. Just saying.
Then: Huge steaks, martinis and lobster tails.
Now: Cold-pressed juice, cashew cheese and seitan “steaks.”
Okay, not funny. Still steaks, martinis and lobster.