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DOWNEY’S BIG BOY, NEE HARVEY’S/JOHNIE’S BROILER, RECEIVES PRESIDENT’S AWARD FROM L.A. CONSERVANCY

A LANDMARK LIVES ON IN DOWNEY

FROM THE DOWNEY PATRIOT

The new Bob’s Big Boy in Downey has been honored with the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy, a prestigious recognition that confirms the restaurant’s triumphant comeback after it was decimated in an illegal demolition three years ago.

 [In the Nov. 18, 2009, issue of The District Weekly, Theo Douglas wrote about the special conditions-–not the least of which was a strong political will—that made restoration of the local landmark possible, contrasting it with stalled renovations at the old Parasol in Rossmoor and George’s Diner in Long Beach.]

Originally known as Harvey’s Broiler before changing its name to Johnie’s Broiler in 1968, the diner was “widely considered the best remaining example of 1950s Googie drive-in architecture” in Southern California, the Conservancy said in a statement. “The Broiler soon became the hub of Southern California’s booming 1950s cruising culture.”
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  1. Howardx
    April 22, 2010 at 7:40 am

    “stalled renovations at the old Parasol in Rossmoor”

    that place was completely renovated when it became Mel’s Drive In. unfortunately Mel couldnt make a go of it and closed. ive been hoping Big Boy would move in there.

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