Louis “Gigi” Delmaestro, extremely popular general manager and maitre d’ to the stars and execs at the Palm Restaurant in West Hollywood, died Saturday July 13 of cancer at his daughter’s home in Maplewood, N.J. He was 66.
Parma, Italy-born raconteur was with the restaurant since it opened in 1975 and was known for his gregarious, welcoming and constant presence. He came to the U.S. in 1950 at age 14 and started as a busboy at Mario’s Front Page in New York, rising to general manager in the course of 20 years there.
He then went to work at the original Palm in New York in 1971 and helped open the Palm II there before coming to L.A. to help start the West Hollywood Palm.
Survivors include two daughters, three granddaughters and a sister.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 6 at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 300 S. Van Ness Ave., Los Angeles.
Donations can be made to the Louis “Gigi” Delmaestro Memorial Fund, Attention: Debbi Cordano, c/o USC-Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1441 Eastlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033.