What Celebrities have their face on the Palm’s Walls in West Hollywood?? Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Ben Stiller, Rob Lowe, Christian Slater, the Cast of Mad Men, Kirk and Spock, Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, and even Yogi Bear. About a year ago, we heard the Palm was considering a move to Canon Drive. Our immediate question was — how are they going to handle all those caricatures of regulars and celebrities layered all over the walls and ceilings — many dating back to the very, very old days.
Many of the images are pasted over parts of others, some are painted directly on walls, some are put on with Elmer’s glue, some are on the ceiling, some are strategically positioned at a patron’s favorite booth … So what would happen to them? Would The Palm take the walls somehow? Or cut them out with drywall and hang them up at the new lo-cal? Could they steam some of them off? Would people fight over which equivalent booth where their’s should be re-hung? We were very, very curious. So we called and asked. Here is the scoop:
As suspected, it is going to be a very big deal; the West Hollywood General Manager Tayna Hodge has a list of more than 2,300 names from all the faces hung on the wall. A professional excavation team has been hired to gently removed each image, some tough ones will come off with plaster and drywall in tact. Each caricatures will be packaged in a Palm bag with a certificate of authenticity, and alphabetized A-Z.
The Palm will have its final night on September 30th. Between those two dates, the team will remove all the famous caricatures from the walls. On Sunday, October 6 between 11:30am and 5pm, the restaurant will host an event in the parking lot where people can pick up their portraits with proof of identity. If you can’t make the event, you can pre-arrange for a messenger for that day. There will be drinks and music outside and Bruce Bozzi, Jr (who is 4th generation Palm) will be speaking. It will be an opportunity for regulars who’ve supported The Palm over the years to catch up and reminisce. The need for an organized event sprung from the growing word-of-mouth once the move was announced. Calls from regulars flooded in to ask about their caricature, or those of their family. Alison Martino, of Vintage LA, has been helping to connect with families and individuals with caricatures to alert them of the event. See The Palm website for more info.
Only a few of the classic caricatures will make it over to Canon Drive; Farrah Fawcett, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner.
The Palm will re-open in mid-November at 267 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.