In 1959, Al and Delores Thomas arrived in Burbank from the Midwest with just $5,000 in hand. With their modest savings, they established a small coffee shop on Olive Avenue. The name "Tallyrand" was chosen spontaneously after the couple stumbled upon a cookbook from San Francisco's renowned St. Francis Hotel. One of their cherished recipes in the cookbook was a classic French soup honoring the 19th-century statesman Charles Maurice de Talleyrand. Despite the evolution in its spelling over time, Tallyrand has transformed into a beloved Burbank institution, celebrated for its delectable cuisine and warm, hospitable service.