Monday, September 28, 2009

Harvey's, Johnie's, Bob's

Photo courtesy of Adriene Biondo
On Saturday Larry and I drove out to Downey. There has been a huge preservation effort during the past few years to save this classic drive-in restaurant. It was first known as Harvey's Broiler. Then it was Johnie's Broiler. Now Bob's Big Boy has taken it over and restored it to it's early magnificence. You can read the history of the restaurant here.
The restaurant eventually looked like this, after some unauthorized demolition took place in 2007. It was so wonderful to see the Broiler almost ready for action on Saturday. Bob's Big Boy should be finishing up the interior and landscaping soon. I can't wait for the first official Cruise Night to sample a Big Boy Burger.
On Saturday Downey local, Phil Alvin was there with his band, The Blasters to celebrate the rebirth of the Broiler. We saw lots of old friends and had a great time.
Since Bob's wasn't open for business yet, we caravaned over to the nearby Stox Restaurant on Imperial Hwy. near Bellflower Blvd. for a divine dinner of Chicken Pot Pie for Larry and Cobb Salad for me. Everything was delicious.Tomorrow we take off on our Route 66 adventure. Catch you on the road!

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At 6:35 PM PDT, Blogger Jean said...

I love Bob's, looks like it will be a fun place to visit. Chicken Pot pie, yum can't wait for winter.

At 8:50 AM PDT, Blogger Natalie said...

That looks like a good time. I love that Johnie Bob Broiler Boy is rising from the ashes.

Have a fantastic time on the road.

At 9:46 AM PDT, Blogger Annette said...

Have a great time on your trip!

At 1:20 AM PDT, Blogger Adriene said...

Ellen & Larry, thanks for spending the day with us at the new Bob's Big Boy Broiler to be! Have a wonderful trip to New Mexico! Adriene

At 8:35 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good seeing you at the Broiler! We should meet up for burgers when it's officially open :)

Happy trails!

At 9:09 PM PDT, Blogger mj said...

You are in the area of my childhood. I went to high school with Phil Alvin and spent many an evening at Johnie's and Stox.


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