Vintage Photo Friday
|King's Tropical Inn, 1937|
I remember riding past this Moorish looking building on Washington Blvd. at La Cienega Blvd. as recently as the early 1990's. It was painted a gold color and it was an auto tire repair and replacement shop. I always wondered why a tire place had to have such a fancy cupola on top of the building, along with other distinctive architectural elements. I asked around back then and found out that this was once King's Tropical Inn, famous for their fried chicken dinners and cocktails! My Mother tells me that her family ate there all the time in the 1930's. It appears that it was a restaurant through the mid-1960's. I must quiz Mom as to why I was never taken there as a child. I do remember, in the late 1950's to the 1970's, there was a Norm's Restaurant just to the west of this building.
After the Northridge earthquake there was a lot of damage to this building, so it was demolished. The current group of buildings is also a tire shop, built in a 1990's version of the Byzantine style as a sort of homage to the original King's Tropical Inn. The building I remember as Norm's is a fitness gym. There is a plaque dedicating this site as a historic property.
|Washington Blvd. and La Cienega Blvd., 2013|
I read online that the "squab" dinners were really pigeon! Well, Kings was open during the great depression and World War 2. Food was scarce. In it's hey-day, King's Tropical Inn must have been a grand place to wine and dine!
This is the last day of my stay-cation. Los Angeles is a wonderful vacation destination! Have a great weekend. Snap some photos of historical buildings on your weekend adventures!