Before Border Grill, City, Ciudad and the Too Hot Tamales — and way before "Top Chef Masters" — Los Angeles chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken had a game-changing little dive on Melrose called City Cafe. The ABC show in development, produced by Michael Eisner, would be based on those days. "If you know Milliken and Feniger's story, you know it ought to write itself (Feniger is gay and Milliken is married to Feniger's ex-husband)," the OC Weekly says. Adds Miliken on the LA Weekly's food blog, Squid Ink:
It'll be young women in the 80s in a man's profession, trying to make it in a profession that's fairly hilarious. And especially was back then on Melrose with all the punk rockers.
What excited us about the project was that Jeff Greenstein [Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, Friends] is a great writer. He's really funny, and he really seemed to get it right off the bat. I think what ABC finds interesting, and Jeff, is how it all started at a time and place when there weren't very many chefs that were prominent. There weren't any celebrity chefs at all and there were very few women chefs, and we were making it somehow.
And the fact that I fell in love with Susan's ex-husband.
Photo from LA Weekly: Feniger and Milliken back in the (cool hair) day