Maybe you had to be there, on November 21, 2007 -
The intersection of Melrose and Plymouth avenues will be forever designated as "I Love Lucy" Square. On Thursday, Councilmember Tom LaBonge was joined by friends and supporters of two of Los Angeles’ most loved Lucys - Lucille Ball and Lucy Casado - to unveil the new signs marking this Hollywood corner in their honor.
On the north side of Melrose was once Desilu Studios, where some of the early "I Love Lucy" shows were shot. On the south side of Melrose is Lucy’s El Adobe restaurant made famous in the 1980s when then-Gov. Jerry Brown frequently dined with girlfriend, singer Linda Ronstadt. She flew in from Arizona for the ceremony and was joined by a handful of longtime musician-friends including singers Jackson Browne and Johnny Rivers and songwriters J.D. Souther and Jimmy Webb. Many spoke of Lucy and Frank Casado’s warmth and generosity forgiving tabs for meals and drinks when they were struggling to make it decades ago. …
Hollywood is an odd place, and then the is Lucy's –
It was here at Lucy's that Linda Ronstadt was introduced to California Governor Jerry Brown (by the restaurant's owner), leading to a lengthy and well-publicized romance between the singer and the presidential candidate. Brown is still a fan. In fact, Lucy's still proudly displays a large photo of Jerry Brown in its front window. In 1968, the late owner convinced Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey to stop by for lunch when he was visiting KCAL studios across the street.
We're told two members of the Eagles – Don Henley and Glenn Frey – hung out here all the time, and that patrons of Lucy's include Kevin Costner, Michael Keaton, Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Carole Kane and the late John Candy. John Belushi was here a few weeks before his death, and Orson Welles dropped by now and then. The list goes on and on – Bernadette Peters, Henry Winkler, Lily Tomlin, Connie Chung, Winona Ryder, Lyle Lovett, Phil Collins, and so on.
See Rock and Roll Roadmap – "Pretty much anyone that recorded for Elektra/Asylum hung out here, including The Eagles and J.D. Souther."
Apparently the food is awful.