Adriano Rebora, whose Westside restaurant, Adriano's, was a popular gathering spot for the entertainment industry for more than two decades, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 26 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 63.
Adriano's, which was on Beverly Glen Circle just south of Mulholland Drive, was launched in January 1979 with an opening party hosted by "Grease" producer Alan Carr. It became known for its Italian cuisine and attracted Hollywood stars, agents and studio and network executives.
Rebora was born in Genoa, Italy, and received training in the hotel and restaurant business in Paris and Italy. He then embarked on a decade at sea, traveling between Italy and Australia as maitre d' and restaurant manager for several cruise lines.
In 1970 he moved to the U.S., where his first jobs included a stint as banquet manager on the Queen Mary.
Later he and his wife, Jacqueline, opened several restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Adriano's was their most successful.
In 1998 Rebora sold Adriano's, but he could not stay away from the food business. In 1999 he opened a fast-food outlet in Canyon Country called Cabo Charley's, offering sophisticated "fresh-Mex" items such as crab tacos and lobster burritos.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert Thorne of Beverly Hills; a daughter, Gail Shelly of Valencia; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at noon Sunday at Mt. Sinai Memorial Parks-Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles.