Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Redondo Pier

Monday was Presidents Day. Larry and I had the day off from work. We decided that a rainy, cloudy day would be perfect for a trip to the Redondo Beach Pier. Surprisingly, it wasn't completely empty, but it wasn't crowded either.
Neither of us had been to Old Tony's Restaurant on the Pier. Tony's has been on the Pier since 1952. Over the years the building has expanded, and in 1963 the bar at the Top O' Tony's opened, giving everyone a 360 degree view of the bay. They are known for their mai-tai cocktails. 
The Downstairs Bar has a Fire Pit!
Tony's building definitely has a Swiss Chalet feel to it!

We parked in the ample, but dilapidated parking structure and walked on the pier for bit until we came to Tony's. We had a delicious lunch of chowder, shrimp cocktail and crab cakes. Everything was fresh and prepared beautifully. After lunch we walked around the restaurant, snapping pictures.
Obligatory Wall o' Stars
Vinyl Upholstery on the bamboo chairs. I had this design as wallpaper in 1968!
Ceiling in the round bar, upstairs

I must say, Fisherman's Wharf at the Redondo Pier has seen better days. You can see the various eras of revitalization from the 1960's through the 1990's. A new upgrade is planned soon. 
1960's Parking Structure, crumbling concrete
It was rather nostalgic to walk along the Pier and see all of the funky, old souvenir shops and ice cream stands. The waves were hitting rocks and the surf was up!

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