Richard N. Frank dies at 92; restaurateur began Lawry's Beef Bowl contest

Richard N. Frank, whose family created Southland restaurant staples such as Lawry's the Prime Rib and Tam O'Shanter, expanded the business into spices that introduced innovative flavors to American taste buds. But to football fans, Frank was perhaps best known as the brains behind Lawry's Beef Bowl, an annual Southland tradition where rival Rose Bowl teams are pitted against each other in an eating competition that precedes the big game. Teams who can out-chow the opposition have won 70% of Rose Bowl games. Frank died Wednesday at his Pasadena home from natural causes, said his daughter, Susie Frank. He was 92. Born May 5, 1923 in Pasadena, Frank was the eldest of two...