THE GALLEY SALAD DRESSING STORY
Established in 1934, The Galley is Santa Monica's oldest restaurant
and bar. Long before I became its captain, I was a customer. I
originally came to The Galley because it was a comfortable, neighborhood
place, but one thing really stood out was the salad dressing.
Being the owner of a fast food restaurant, I wanted to find out
the recipe. Millie, The Galley's long-time waitress (30 years!)
held to the old adage, "Loose lips sink ships." She
The recipe for the salad dressing became an obsession.
One night, I shanghaied a bunch of friends and went to The
Galley. After dinner, I put down a generous tip, and called
Millie over to the table. "I have to know what's in
that dressing! I nagged. She looked at me and said very
loudly, "if you want to know so badly, why don't you
buy the @ # ! * place!" Embarrassed and stunned, I
stayed away from the Galley for quite some time.
Years later, it came to his attention that The Galley was about
to sink. Within a few months, he was the proud new owner and captain.
On his first day, Captain Ron nervously walked in to meet the
crew, and there was Millie. "Oh my God," she exclaimed,
"It's the @ # ! * # guy who wanted the salad dressing!"
Now, Captain Ron is the one with the tight lips and has kept the
salad dressing recipe a secret for over 19 years!