This is what they wrote about Elysée Wednesday:
Have you ever wanted to buy Tom Meade a cup of coffee and pick his brain? Have you ever wanted to meet Matt Ettinger - you know, that infamous Californian who once owned the Breadvan? Do you like independent and/or foreign film interests and like discussing them with like-minded people and/or actors and actresses and/or film makers and directors? Ever wonder what it'd be like to shoot the breeze with someone like Pierce Brosnan?
These are all people and characters who assemble weekly just to hang out. Some come for the conversation, some come to see who might pull up in what, and others come for the bakery's superb cheesecake and Napoleons.
One night, while everyone was talking, I sat with Stephen Mitchell (a former 250 GTO owner and the guy who started the whole get-together). Down the block, across the street, parked in front of a quaint Italian restaurant was a beautiful 360 Spider. I desperately wanted the serial number for my database, but couldn't inconspicuously walk past the car and see the information clearly so late in the evening.
Stephen said to me, "Do you really want the serial number?" I said yes and next thing I know, I'm following him over to the restaurant. He walked right in, surveyed the patrons for a moment and made a bee-line for a couple sitting by the window.
"Hello, my name is Stephen Mitchell," he said, "and this is my friend Carbon McCoy. Is that your Ferrari outside?"
"We were just admiring it and Carbon here runs a database and he was wondering if you knew the serial number."
The man wasn't phased a bit, and while he didn't know the serial number, he had no problem with us going out to the car to have a look while he sat there and ate his dinner. I was amazed at the whole thing. And that was just one instance of one Wednesday night at the Elysée Bakery.
So if you're ever in Westwood Village in Los Angeles on a Wednesday night, stop by the Elysée Bakery on Gaylee Street. We'll be there, talking about or becoming infamous Californians.