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Postby nichols » Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:04 pm

Bob hits the roof
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Postby Futura Girl » Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:05 am

"Bob will be spinning prior to opening."

I name thee "Dizzy Bob's"
I'm gonna keep on the run... I'm gonna have me some fun if it costs me my very last dime.
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Postby modfan » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:57 pm

When they talk about this, it's really nothing new, watching Huell Howser's show about the Calif. missions you realize a lot them had been reconstructed several times, some have even moved to other locations I think.

But I'll be by when they open.

Now if they could only reopen Mearle's in Visalia.

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Postby Perks » Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:50 am

Bob really shouldn't be eating that giant burger before he starts spinning. Not good, Dizzy Bob, not good!

Interesting reading some of the commentary on the other sites bemoaning Bob's "mark" on the building. It seems fair to say that were it not for Bob's, the rebuilding may well not have been happening at all. I'm willing to "settle" for the slightly not-quite-original version, over nothing. Sure it won't be a perfect match, but I think all parties involved in the reconstruction have made the best of a terrible situation.

I'll be there when they open too. Can't wait to get some shots of the new neon.
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Postby Futura Girl » Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:38 pm

i agree so much. sure, mel's took over ben franks on sunset and kerry's coffee shop on ventura in sherman oaks - not a huge fan of their 'style,' but at least the building essence are still there and still being used for the same function. that is a realistic preservation win and better then demolition.

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Postby nichols » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:49 pm

I am first in line to say Bravo! to Bob's and Jim Louder. A big hooray. However, this is a case (unlike Ben Frank's or Kerry's) where the preservation community has had a voice in the reconstruction. There was a consulting restoration architect, former ModCom chair Adriene Biondo has been in constant consultation with the owner and it's a designated state monument (eligible for Cal Register) SO, having said all that, I've been encouraging attention to detail, because this is the ONE chance we've had to get it 100% correct.

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Postby nichols » Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:23 pm

A new "ORIGINAL" as of this weekend...

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Postby surffnutt3000 » Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:31 am

Is it still likely Bob's will be opening on September 19th? I drove by yesterday and, although it's probably not impossible, it looks like a lot of work needs to get wrapped up in the next two weeks.

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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:58 am

Things are moving fast at the Broiler. I understand the Sep. 19 event will happen whether the restaurant is officially open for business or not. It is not the grand opening event. I don't believe a date has been announced for that.

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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:05 am

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Postby surffnutt3000 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:25 pm

Great photos; things look a lot further along based on the interior shots.

The place is going to be incredible, and it'll do very, very well. Thanks to you, Adriene, everyone else from ModCom and the City of Downey, we have a textbook example of how things are supposed to turn out.

I spoke to a number of people who, when they saw the fenced-in pile of destruction over two years ago, thought the only sane approach was to simply complete the demo and clean-up the site. That would have been far too easy; what we're seeing today is what's actually right.

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Postby Adriene » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:19 pm

NOTE TO ALL: DUE TO UNAVOIDABLE CONSTRUCTION DELAYS, THE SEPT 19TH CHARITY FUNDRAISER HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

THE NEW DATE FOR THIS EVENT WILL BE NOV 7TH. FOR DETAILS, SEE:

http://www.thelastrockandrollshow.com/shopping.html

PLEASE STAND BY . . . ANOTHER PRE-OPENING EVENT IS IN THE WORKS.

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Postby nichols » Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:15 am

BIG EVENT SEP. 26
First Cruise-in at Bob's Big Boy Broiler
Booksigning by Adriene and John for SoCal Eats
and special musical guests: The Blasters

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic ... 2294#82294

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Postby Adriene » Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:43 pm

Hi everyone! The Friends of Johnie's and Coalition to Rebuild the Broiler welcome all of you to cruise over to Downey to see how the construction of the new Bob's Big Boy Broiler is coming along! Whether or not the restaurant is open for business, it will be an opportunity to get together and celebrate! For event updates check in at http://www.roadsidepeek.com/[/color]

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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:56 pm

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Back in June, Downey resident Kathy Perez snapped photos of the giant Bob that will rotate atop the soon-to-open Bob's Big Boy on Firestone Boulevard...

http://www.thedowneypatriot.com/pages/f ... eft_column

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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:00 pm

LONG BEACH PRESS TELEGRAM

Downey landmark Johnie's Broiler to be reborn as Big Boy

By John Canalis, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/15/2009 06:08:30 PM PDT

DOWNEY - The illegal demolition of Johnie's Broiler on the first days of 2007 drew a record number of protesters to City Hall.

"We like our burgers in Downey," City Manager Gerald Caton said of a city that can back up that claim as home of the world's oldest McDonald's.

Constituents' enthusiasm for ground patties served with a side of mid-century nostalgia, brought the City Council and city management to a Tuesday walk-through of what will soon reopen as a Bob's Big Boy on Firestone Boulevard near Old River School Road.

This is no Johnie's-come-lately. Built from the original 1958 plans of Harvey's Broiler..

http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_13344104?source=rv

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Postby Adriene » Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:10 pm

Channel 2 and 9 are covering today's broadcasts from the new Bob's Big Boy Broiler -- if you get this you might catch it on the 6 o'clock news!

Or you can view it online at:

http://cbs2.com/local/Bobs.Big.Boy.2.1187629.html


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Postby nichols » Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:01 pm

BIG EVENT SEP. 26
First Cruise-in at Bob's Big Boy Broiler
Booksigning by Adriene and John for SoCal Eats
and special musical guests: The Blasters
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Postby Adriene » Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:32 pm

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Just got off the phone with The Blasters...

THEY'LL BE PLAYING FROM 4:30pm 'TIL SUNSET!!

AND BRINGING SPECIAL MUSICAL GUESTS!!

Please help spread the word -- thanks for all the support, everyone. See you there!

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Postby avataradrian » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:18 pm

Check out the details on Adriene's and John's book signing.

Also, the Blasters are playing tomorrow!

They were there in 2002 and they are back for 2009!

You guys rock!

Thank you!


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Postby nichols » Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:51 pm

LA WEEKLY

Got Googie? Downey's Broiler Is Back
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Mon., Sep. 28 2009 @ 6:14AM


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Postby nichols » Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:57 pm

First light at the Broiler

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Postby nichols » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:55 pm

George Redfox from the Downey Historical Society just shot some terrific pics of the Broiler. THANKS, George!
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Postby Skylark » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:38 am

Looks like a great opportunity for Jack Laxer to load up his Stereo Realist camera. 8-)

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Postby nichols » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:59 am

Jack was there for the Cruise-In a couple weeks ago and I suggested it to him. I know John Eng is planning to re-shoot that 1958 Minnie Ortner angle again soon.


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