Cafe La Maze History

Our long and interesting History begins in 1935 when the founder and name sake of Cafe La Maze, Marcel Lamaze, who was a Legendary and influential Restaurateur & Maitre D in the Los Angeles area during the Golden Age of Hollywood, founded the Original Cafe Lamaze in 1935. The location was at 9039 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA. The Hollywood location was a Movie Star Hangout, where Marcel was well connected with the movie star crowd. Marcel was known to be a good friend of Jimmy Durante and loved to Play Poker with the Marx Brothers. Subsequently Marcel would receive many Requests from a large number of his influential Hollywood friends to scout a 2nd location near the Mexican Border.

At the time Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico was the playground for the Hollywood crowd ever since Prohibition. Marcel Recommended this current location which was built 1940 as a stop along the way for the Hollywood Crowd and a last chance to gamble at the restaurants hidden Gambling room located above the restaurant. The new Cafe La Maze National City's grand opening attracted a who's who of Legendary Actors such as: Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, and Johnny Weissmuller celebrating their new hangout. Cafe La Maze’s atmosphere mirrors the “Golden Era of Hollywood” as portrayed in many of the old classic films of the 1940’s & 1950’s.


This photo taken of the exterior of Cafe La Maze was taken in 1949. The Lounge inside Cafe La Maze was originally called the Key Club. The Hollywood version is named The Key Club to this day.

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