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Bob’s Big Boy drive-in restaurant, Burbank, California, 1940 |
Here we have Bob's Big Boy drive-in restaurant in Burbank in 1940. Bob’s is still there but it doesn’t look like this, and it certainly doesn’t have wait staff running around in cowboy boots. Oh boy, the feet of those poor girls must have been killing them at the end of a shift. Look at the signage behind them: “THIN PAN CAKES” – I've never noticed that we used to spell “pancakes” as two separate words.
9 Bygone Novelty Restaurants of L.A.
L.A.'s always boasted a unique dining scene, but novelty restaurants were once a particular specialty of our fair city.
islander tiki sign
From what used to be The Islander Club, Grimes, CA. The building is now abandoned. Near as I can tell, they closed because they lost their liquor license, which is bad for business with this type of establishment.
The Zep Diner, 1930's
The Zep Diner in Los Angeles, California was part of the airship craze of the 1920′s and 1930′s. The Graf Zeppelin visited Los Angeles during its 1929 Round-the-World flight, and the most famous American dirigible was the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The Zep Diner was located at 515 W. Florence Avenue in Los Angeles, near the intersection with S. Figueroa. The location is now the parking lot of a McDonald’s.
Vine Street Brown Derby’s Bamboo Room entrance, Vine Street, Hollywood, 1937. |
MARTIN TURNBULL - Author of "The Garden of Allah" series of novels set during the golden years of Hollywood