Vintage Matchbooks From Classic L.A. Places: El Paseo Inn


A peek into my crazy huge collection of L.A. matchbooks: El Paseo Inn

El Paseo Inn is a big, dark, primeval-era restaurant whose heart beats deep in the center of Olvera Street. They, along with their neighbor La Golondrina, were among the first L.A. restaurants to obtain a liquor license after prohibition ended in 1933. The building they moved to in 1953 formerly housed “Café Caliente,” named for the famous Tijuana resort Agua Caliente, and featured floor shows with dancers like the ones on the matchbook. The building itself is almost 150 years old and originally served as a winery when Olvera Street was our Little Italy. This place is ancient and wonderful and you should definitely enjoy your next cheesy enchilada there – PLUS that phone number still works! Viva El Paseo!