Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Friends of Johnie's, the Coalition to Save Harvey's Broiler, the City of Downey, Bob's Big Boy proprietor Jim Louder, Adriene Biondo, and the Los Angeles Conservancy, the newly reborn Broiler is once again serving malts for all! For detailed accounts of the history, illegal demolition and rebirth of the Broiler, as well as plenty of wonderful photographs be sure to check out these sites:
Roadside Peek Los Angeles Conservancy Coalition to Save Harvey's Broiler Bob's Big Boy Broiler
John Apodaca and I were lucky enough to be the first to dance inside the vacant restaurant during it's reconstruction, and then during the first car show in the parking lot. These photos were taken during that car show in October 2009.
Bob's Big Boy Broiler, exterior facing west (2009)
Bob's Big Boy Broiler, exterior facing east (2009). Detail of the imaginatively recreated sign overlooking Firestone Blvd.
Bob's Big Boy Broiler, exterior signage (2009)
Swing dancers with proprietor Jim Louder (second from left) at entrance, Bob's Big Boy Broiler (2009)
Swing dancing in the carhop area, Bob's Big Boy Broiler (2009)
Dancer John Apodaca posing with a Bob's Big Boy carhop, Bob's Big Boy Broiler (2009)
Carhop service menu, Bob's Big Boy Broiler (2009)
Interior booths with vintage photo enlargements in background, Bob Big Boy Broiler (2009)
Bob's Big Boy Broiler, ceiling detail (2009)