Before Eva Longoria's Beso and Rose McGowan's Dominick's, there was Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Café. But the story of Todd's life as a pioneering businesswoman has long been overshadowed by her 1935 death in a garage above the restaurant that was supposed to secure her future.
In the movie "Swingers," Jon Favreau's character famously observes that all the cool places in L.A. don't have signs, so that telling someone you've been to one is like bragging that you were able to find it. But that wasn't always the case.
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