Phil Rosenthal is a mensch. (look it up). Every Saturday, the FOP (friends of Phil) including writer/producer Eddie Gorodetsky, plus Phil’s wife Monica Horan and his two children, Ben and Lily, would occupy the large round table in the Book Room (an extension of the coffee shop literally covered with open books attached to the walls and a faux fireplace (created by the talented Chase Harlen…another regular).  Sundays would find this same group at Victor’s Deli down the street.  Before they were given an office on the lot at CBS, Phil and the writers of Everybody Loves Raymond used the back room as a de facto writers room.  Phil’s production company is called, “Where’s Lunch” and after they moved to real offices they still sent a runner each week to pick up lunch from the Coffee Shop. That’s a mensch.

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