Milkshakes, classic cars, and googie architecture? Count me in. Bob's Big Boy Broiler will open this weekend in the former location of Harvey's Broiler (later known as Johnie's Broiler).
This iconic 1950's googie drive-in designed by Paul B. Clayton, was illegally demolished in 2007. No permit was pulled and the electricity and gas weren't even disconnected. The loss of this important example of roadside architecture devastated those not only in the city of Downey, but all across the country. A faithful few never gave up the fight to rebuild, however, and a Bob's Big Boy franchisee stepped in to recreate the drive-in as close to the original as possible. Now, it's ready for you to enjoy a burger and a milkshake! And what would be without classic cars? There's a cruise-in which will include some who have traveled from as far as Tennessee. Other events include a signing for John Eng and Adriene Biondo's new book, Southern California Eats (2-4pm) and special musical guests.
Los Angeles has suffered some significant architectural losses over the years, especially when it comes to our recent past and roadside landmarks such as this have quickly been disappearing across the country. So this success story is definitely cause for celebration! Join in this free event Saturday, September 26th from 11am to sunset at 7447 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA.