I heard the bread has changed, perhaps not for the better, but in most ways Taix changes slowly and not much over time. The French restaurant brings all kinds together: there's the local pols and their staffers, there's cops and robbers, office types, clergy, type-A slackers. I sat at the bar one time and next to me was a man I recognized -- he had been a waiter at one of the only sushi joints in Iowa City, Iowa. Many of us in Echo Park have celebrated many birthdays at the bar, cried in our beers, watched performers punish their ukeleles, watched the Clippers lose big screen. It's a lot of history in those windowless rooms, and this Wednesday, one of the founding family members will talk to the Echo Park Historical Society about it -- during the EPHS quarterly meeting.
Says the EPHS:
In 1927, Marius Taix Jr. opened a downtown restaurant featuring 50-cent chicken dinners served at communal tables (25 cents more got you a private booth). Eighty years later, Taix French Restaurant is still going strong under its third generation of family ownership at its "new" Echo Park location, which opened in 1962. Marius' grandson, Michael Taix, will present the colorful story and vintage photos of this restaurant that has survived eight decades of intense competition and constantly changing tastes. This presentation is part of the EPHS' quarterly meeting, which is free and open to the public.
Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct 10 @ 7 p.m. Location: Barlow Library at Barlow Hospital, 2000 Stadium Way.I