Ernie's Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Located at 847 Montgomery Street, Ernie's Restaurant was a popular landmark in San Francisco for over 60 years and eventually closed in 1995. The restaurant was the recipient of 32 consecutive annual five-star awards from the Mobil Travel Guide.
Both the interior and exterior of the restaurant were re-created as sets in the studio for Vertigo. The owners of the restaurant, Roland and Victor Gotti, appear in the film and provided numerous props from the restaurant for the studio set. Victor Gotti later recalled fluffing his line as James Stewart entered the restaurant, saying "Good evening, Mr. Stewart" instead of calling him "Mr. Ferguson".
Selection of film frames: Ernie's Restaurant
Notes & References
- History Company: Ernie's of San Francisco Ashtray
- Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic (1998) by Dan Auiler, pages 107-8
- Inside Scoop SF: Ernie's Restaurant Saying Good-bye