Downey, California: Bob's Big Boy Broiler - '50s Drive-In

1950s-60s drive-in demolished in 2007 and rebuilt, including the original 65 foot neon "Broiler" sign.

Bob's Big Boy Broiler

7447 Firestone Blvd., Downey, CA
Bob's Big Boy Broiler, 50s Drive-in Restaurant & Carhop
Su-Th 7 am-12 am, F-Sa 7 am - 2 am. (Call to verify)
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Bob's Big Boy Broiler.

Bob's Big Boy Broiler

Make sure you take the time to read the historical brass plaque out in front, which gives a history of the Broiler's past, its demise, and then its grassroots restoration into one of the only Bob's restaurants left with a carport for car-hops. Also, go inside and see the vintage decor and fixtures.

[Deb Miller Marschke, 09/17/2017]

Bob's Big Boy Broiler.

Bob's Big Boy Broiler - '50s Drive-In

I have been visiting this historic drive-in for quite a few years, and was a part of its comeback after it was illegally demolished in 2007. I guess you could say this is a "History With a Side of Fries" attraction.

Built in 1958 as Harvey's Broiler, the Broiler was one of the largest '50s drive-ins ever built, with parking for over 350 cars! With a lighted boomerang canopy, "The Broiler" was a famous hub of the '50s and '60 Southern California cruising scene and was The Place where famous customizing kings like Larry Watson and George Barris showed off their latest automotive creations.

After its near-complete demolition, overwhelming support led to its being rebuilt by Jim Louder, who now proudly operates it as Bob's Big Boy Broiler. Many original 50s Googie style features were retained in the reconstruction, including the original 65 foot neon "Broiler" sign and the 60s Fat Boy character who once stood atop the main sign. A spectacular sight visible for half a mile! Just around the corner from historic Speedee.

[Adriene Biondo, 07/30/2010]

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