As a boy, Morgan Runyan didn’t quite appreciate the treasure that was The Old Place, the tiny restaurant his father, actor Tom Runyan, built in a former general store back in 1970. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains between Agoura Hills and Malibu, the Old Place looks a bit like an Old-West saloon, and offers homey classics like bone-in ribeye and “Old Place Beef Stew,” seafood sourced from the local Channel Islands, and other “honest food cooked over fire.” But it’s something of a wonder it still exists today, given Morgan Runyon’s initial impression. “Having grown up around the restaurant, it was something I was never going to be involved in,” Runyan says. Then he watched his dad transform the place into a local legend, serving wild boar, elk, and lobster to Hollywood stars and adventurous local types. It prompted a change of heart: “In the hills of Malibu, so many things I had grown up with had gone away, or been... ruined. [The Old Place] was a completely unique piece of history,” he says. So he took over the family business, expanding the menu -- but nothing else. The Old Place still contains just five booths and three tables (and no freezer), and reservations for the evening’s three seatings are usually for four or more. But if you’re dining with a date or solo, you can wait for a seat at the bar. “If I was a good businessman, I might expand,” Runyon says. “But I’m a bad businessman.” Fortunately for us, that is.