Why This Koreatown Restaurant Is So Important For Movie and Food Lovers


The Prince serves as the backdrop for an intense scene in Roman Polansky’oscar winner”Chinese district” (1974) between Hollywood legends Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. It is the setting for a crucial plot point in Jason Reitmanblack comedy”Thanks for smoking” (2005). The Prince isn’t just for the movie world either. The Koreatown joint can be seen in two separate episodes of “Mad Men” and is featured in the pilot episode of “new girlas one of the main characters’ places of business.

The prince carries a long history of high fashion and A-list popularity. It opened as ‘The Windsor’ in 1949, says Collider, across from the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles and its iconic Cocoanut Grove nightclub, famous haunt of celebrities and former US presidents. The restaurant became The Prince in 1991 after being taken over by new owners, who transformed the establishment into a Korean restaurant while retaining most of the building’s famous interior. They even kept the little grand piano. If you fancy checking out the spot on the big screen for yourself, The Prince is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., says Los Angeles Secret. Talk about eye candy – literally.


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