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Vintage photo of a storefront with several people standing on the wooden sidewalk in front.
Early 1880s

Twenty years after Louis Frank establishes a meat packing business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin specializing in “fine sausages,” his son, Nathan, owns and operates a general store in Deadwood, South Dakota selling fresh meats.

A vintage photo of two women in old-time clothing, seen through a shop window.

Nathan’s son, Lawrence Frank, opens a potato chip shop in downtown Los Angeles with his brother-in-law Theodore Van de Kamp. Van de Kamp’s Saratoga Chips becomes the two families’ first joint venture.

Vintage photo of a whimsical Dutch windmill that was the storefront for Van de Kamp's bakery.

Adapting to a potato shortage, the shop adds “Dutch Girl” cookies to its product line leading to the creation of Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakers.

Vintage photo of the Tam O'Shanter's original storybook-style building.

Brothers-in-law Lawrence Frank and Walter Van de Kamp co-found a whimsically designed roadhouse that would become the Tam O’Shanter. Today, it is Los Angeles’ oldest restaurant owned and operated by the same family in the same location.

Vintage photo of the original Lawry's The Prime Rib building with two antique cars in front.

Lawrence Frank and Walter Van de Kamp partner again to set a new standard for dining with Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills. Its unique single entree menu features the standing rib roast Sunday dinner of Lawrence’s boyhood.

Vintage photo of Lawrence Frank in a kitchen apron poring over bowls of seasonings.

After experimenting nightly for three months in his home kitchen, Lawrence Frank develops a combination of 17 herbs and spices to complement the flavor of prime rib. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt is born.

Vintage photo of Lawry's chefs and servers.

To encourage team spirit and mutual respect, Lawrence Frank insists that he and all his employees consider — and address — each other as “co-workers.” The practice continues today.

Black-and-white photo of Richard Frank standing proudly behind a display of Lawry's products.

Having joined the family business in 1947, Lawrence’s son, Richard N. Frank, becomes President and CEO of Lawry’s Foods. An innovative visionary, he builds it into an international brand before the company is sold in 1979.

Black-and-white photo of a large Van de Kamp bakery store featuring a Dutch windmill

Working together for over four decades, members of the Frank and Van de Kamp families turn a tiny potato chip shop into a multi-million-dollar business with more than 320 retail stores, Van de Kamp’s Bakery.

Designer Saul Bass with the

World famous graphic designer Saul Bass creates Lawry’s award winning “Fanciful L” logo.

Vintage photo of Richard Frank with four servers from his various restaurants.

With the success of the Tam O’Shanter, Five Crowns, Mediterrania, Tonio’s and The Ben Johnson in San Francisco, Richard Frank becomes known as “The King of Themed Restaurants.”

Black-and-white photo of Five Crowns when it was known as the Hurley Bell.

Following Richard N. and wife Mary Alice Frank’s visit to Ye Olde Bell in England, Lawry’s purchases, remodels and renames the Hurley Bell in Corona del Mar, California. Five Crowns becomes one of the area’s most popular fine dining destinations.

Black-and-white photo of a multi-tiered fountain at the entrance to Lawry's California Center

Lawry’s California Center opens near downtown Los Angeles. The new eight-acre garden oasis features shops and outdoor restaurants in addition to long standing corporate offices and production facilities.

The glamorous entrance to Lawry's Ebisu with dramatic lighting and lush carpets.

The first international Lawry’s the Prime Rib opens. Now, licensed partners operate seven restaurants in five Asian countries.

The entrance to Lawry's Carvery in South Coast Plaza

The first Lawry’s Carvery, our quick, casual restaurant featuring Lawry’s famous prime rib, opens at South Coast Plaza in Orange County, California.

Portraits of Ryan Wilson, Richard Frank, Lawrence Frank, and Theodore Van de Kamp

Today, the third and fourth generations of the Frank and Van de Kamp families continue the nearly one-hundred-year-old Lawry’s restaurant legacy.

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