Happy Retirement to Manny Felix

Our best wishes go out to Manny Felix, who retired from Musso and Frank in June, 2011 after 37 years of service.

As a waiter and captain, Manny was a fixture in the Old Room for many years and will be missed by his many regular customers. Over time, Manny entertained his customers with stories and  magic tricks at the grill counter. Generations of  fans will miss his presence.

Best wishes, Manny!

19 Responses to “Happy Retirement to Manny Felix”

  1. mussosfanatic Says:

    The legend is gone…but never forgotten. You’ll be missed, Manny.

  2. Robert J. Taylor Says:

    It was my great pleasure to visit Los Angeles this past April–something I had not done in over 40 years!–and at the top of my list of Things To Do was eating at Musso and Frank’s, which I did on my second day in the city. My happiness was increased a hundredfold when the great Manny stopped by my table and had a little conversation with me! I feel lucky indeed to have had the honor of chatting with Manny–and I wish him a very VERY happy retirement. Great happiness to you, Manny, for giving all of us customers so much joy!

  3. Bob Feinman Says:

    Manny was the spirit of Musso & Franks. On my frequent business trips to LA from Tucson I’d eat at Musso’s every single night while in town where Manny & Nacho always made me feel like I was at home with family instead of lonley, on a business trip. If all that Manny did can be set as a standard for all of those that still work there, Musso & Franks will continue to be the wonderful, special place it has always been.

  4. Bo Says:

    Manny…. You will be missed big time.!

    Bo

  5. Bob Birchard Says:

    What a sad time–for me. I’ve been waited on by Manny for all of those 37 years. But I have only the best wishes for Manny as he kicks back and lets others wait on him for a change. Good luck and best wishes, my friend!

  6. Robert Lombard Says:

    The place will NEVER be the same. Every Birthday for my daughter who just turned 13 this past June was spent there… HER favorite. Thank GOD we were able to squeeze one more in just prior to Manny’s departure. YOU WILL BE MISSED MY FRIEND. But we will NOT STOP coming from time to time.

  7. susan hanley Says:

    Dear Manny I met you 35 years ago when I worked at the Vogue Theatre. You treated a young cashier with such kindness and respect. Thank You.

  8. Jay Broad Says:

    Manny …

    Many times in the past year or two, I’d say to you, “You know my greatest fear?” And you’d answer,” That you’ll come in sometime and I won’t be here any longer.” And we’d both laugh! Well, I came in to Musso’s a week and a half ago, didn’t see you behind the counter and asked where you were? And was told you’d retired.

    For years, my wife Hilary and I would come in almost every week, sit at your counter, I’d have the vegtable plate, a martini and she’d have something more creative. She passed away nine years ago, but I still came in every now and then, set her picture on your counter, and order.

    It brought back happiness.

    But now you’re gone, Manny, and both our hearts are broken.

    Jay

  9. Jay Broad Says:

    Manny …

    For years, my wife Hilary and I would come in almost every week, sit at your counter, I’d have the vegtable plate, a martini and she’d have something more creative. She passed away nine years ago, but I still came in every now and then, set her picture on your counter, and order.

    It brought back happiness.

    But now you’re gone, Manny, and both our hearts are broken.

    Jay

  10. Caroline Thompson Says:

    Dearest Manny,

    It’s me, Precious. Steve and I almost cried tonight when we went to the counter and you weren’t there. Hope you are having a blast, our dear friend. We gave our phone number to Alex; please call. Steve is teeing off this Friday at Altadena at 8:30 — he’ll be looking for you.

    Big, big kisses…
    Caroline

  11. Jay and Nancy Says:

    Manny:
    After coming to Musso for 39 years you are going to be missed. Whether I came with Howard Roberts or Nancy it was always our number 1 goal to see you. Let us know how we can contact you and enjoy your retirement. I have warned all the ladies in the area that you are now free or at least reasonable.
    Jay and Nancy

  12. Toni Casala Says:

    Noooo! I’m stunned. I didn’t think people like Manny knew what retirement was. Manny, for so many years you made Musso and Frank’s my favorite treat. The magic, the kisses, the way you hummed while you worked. You did it all just right. It just won’t be the same without you. I’m glad I got to experience a true, great Hollywood legend and wish you well in your retirement.

    Toni Casala
    Children In Film

  13. William Bergmann Says:

    Manny will be missed for sure, but there are more long timers to visit with.
    Love that photo on the right from 1945. That could be my grandmother’s 1941 Studebaker in front. We either went to Musso and Frank’s or to Little Joe’s downtown for special dinners, and she always parked in front.

  14. Dave Newell Says:

    Manny — The place won’t be the same with out you there with your great big smile and great service—-Have a good time—-You deserve an Oscar for your outstanding performance year after year–Your the Greatest!!!

  15. Penny Perry Says:

    You will be missed by my entire family. Your magic has entertained my kids when they were little and now almost graduating college they still loved coming to see you and your magic.

    You are the greatest and Musso’s won’t be the same without you.

  16. Caroline Thompson Says:

    Happy birthday, Manny. Caroline and Steve xox

  17. Coral & Peter McLean Says:

    Happy Retirement Manny Felix! We had a wonderful experience in your restautant and have told many many people about the wonderful food, atmosphere and your magic tricks! We live in New Zealand and there are no places like Musso & Franks here..but if ever they open a restaurant here we hope you will make the trip over and let us look after you like you did for us.We hope to see you again! All the best! xxxxxx

  18. David Kearse Says:

    Manny, I always told people you were legendary, and you are! I’m a “baby,” with only 22 years of remembrances of your style, your good humor — your wisdom. One day at a time, I will miss you — we all wil. Enjoy your well-earned time off!

  19. Diane Gregg Says:

    Manny, all the best! Enjoy!

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