Friday, July 31, 2015

Armstrong-Schroeder's Restaurant

Vintage Photo Friday
Armstrong-Schroeder's Restaurant, Wilshire Blvd. @ Spalding Dr., Beverly Hills, 1939

I have fond memories of eating Sunday breakfast at Armstrong-Schroeder's Restaurant on the corner of Spalding Drive and Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  I wish it was open today!  My Dad just loved the kippers and scrambled eggs.  I remember it being an old-fashioned place with straight-backed wooden booths and colorful linoleum.

In the mid-1960's Armstrong-Schroeder's closed.  The building was radically remodeled and it became the first Nibbler's Restaurant.  I remember the architecture of this new restaurant being different from the usual coffee shop / Googie style.  It was very sophisticated, brick with lots of smoked glass, low-slung and attractive.
Nibbler's Restaurant, Wilshire Blvd. @ Spalding Dr., Beverly Hills. Photo by Nick Faitos, 1976
The Nibbler's Menu looked just like the building, turned on it's side!

Nibbler's was a big hangout for all the kids from Beverly Hills High School, just a few blocks from campus.  It was a classy coffee shop, plush carpet, low lights and cushy booths.  Years later, Nibbler's opened up another location in an office building at the other end of Beverly Hills on Wilshire at Gale Dr., just west of La Cienega.  Both restaurants are closed today.
The Wilshire/Spalding building later became a bank. Now it is a small office building. The low-slung, clean lines still remain.  I'm hoping that some of my architect historian friends chime in with the name of the architect.
9766 Wilshire Boulevard @ Spalding Dr., Beverly Hills, 2015. Photo, Google Maps
Have a wonderful weekend!  Eat out at a local restaurant!

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At 10:43 AM PST, Blogger Josh Jenkins said...

Thanks for posting. Apparently, my 2nd great grandfather worked there in the early 1940s.

At 6:09 PM PDT, Blogger Lanier Smith said...

Did you know that Schroder's is featured in the opening credits of "Strangers When We Meet" staring Kirk Douglas and Kim Novak? Thanks to your post I popped the DVD ion and sure enough there it is. Cheers!
Lanier Smith
Scents Memory

At 9:49 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

That's so cool, Lanier! Thanks for the update!


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