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This page will be showing updates from the Bob's Big Boy Broiler construction taking place at the former site of Harvey's and later Johnie's Broiler in Downey, CA.

Valentine's Day Sweetheart Cruise at Bob's Big Boy Broiler

February 7, 2010

Re-live your 1st date at Harvey's by attending the free Sweetheart Cruise at the former Harvey's and Johnie's Broiler in Downey, CA. Carhop service will be available at this special event on Sunday February 14, 2010 from 2pm to 6pm. See bobsbigboybroiler.com for more information. Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for contact.

 

 

Bob's Big Boy Broiler Opens at Historic Spot

October 19, 2009

Two years after the illegal demolition of Johnie's Broiler, fans of the former Harvey's and Johnie's Broiler in Downey gathered at the Firestone Boulevard location Monday for the opening of the new Bob's Big Boy Broiler.

New Big Boy Broiler
Downey, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Featuring a familiar huge car rooftop marquee, the Broiler has remained as true to its original roots as possible with authentic terrazzo flooring in the interior of the restaurant and carhop service during weekdays. More information can be found at cbs2.com and the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for notification of opening and photo.


 

Power On at the New Broiler

September 29, 2009

The Broiler is lit up once again! Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for update.

 

Bob's Broiler lit up
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Glow from the lettering
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

 

Blasters at the Broiler Saturday 9/26 at 4:30pm

September 26, 2009

Word just in: The Blasters will play from 4:30pm to sunset on Saturday 9/26 and will be featuring special guests. Get there early with parking available behind the car wash in the lot adjacent to the restaurant. Thanks to Adriene Biondo for update.


 

More Broiler Updates

September 24, 2009

The 26th is a pre-opening bash...preview party. As you can see from the pix, the Broiler is still a ways off from opening and unfortunately the kitchen will not be up and running. Drinks and snacks will be available, but packing an ice chest would probably be a good idea, especially if you're planning to make a day of it. Special thanks to Jim Louder for allowing us a peek before the project is complete. Hope to see you Saturday! Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for update.

Also check out the L.A. Conservancy posting about Saturday's event and see more discussion on The HAMB/Jalopy Journal.

Here's the Blasters newsletter with additional info on their upcoming Saturday appearance.


 

Blasters to Play Sept 26th at Pre-Opening Broiler Event

9/26/2009 6:00 PM at BOB’S BROILER, CRUISE-IN
7447 Firestone Blvd, Downey, California

Free - All Ages - Bring the kids and your Cruiser! A preview party for the old Johnie’s Broiler in Downey, CA that is currently being restored back to its original glory and rebranded as a Bob’s Big Boy. Festivities start at noon and the Blasters will play a short set at about 6:00pm.

Parking will be available in the adjacent lot (behind the car wash).

Visit The Blasters on MySpace

Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for update.


 

Photos from the Sept 15 Statue Unveiling

Here are photos from the September 15 unveiling of the Big Boy statue at the Broiler.

Many thanks to George Manzanilla for update.

 

Prior to unveiling the statue
Photo courtesy George Manzanilla
Bob peeks out
Photo courtesy George Manzanilla
Big Boy statue unveiled
Photo courtesy George Manzanilla

Bob's Big Boy Broiler
Photo courtesy George Manzanilla
Bob's parking lot sign looks familiar
Photo courtesy George Manzanilla

More photos from the HAMB.


 

News Broadcast from the Broiler

September 16, 2009

Check out the Sept 16th CBS-2 / KCAL-9 news broadcast from Bob's Broiler.

Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for update.


 

New Broiler Cruise-in Scheduled for September 26

September 14, 2009

Celebrate the new Bob's Big Boy Broiler, formerly Harvey's / Johnie's Broiler, on Saturday September 26, 2009 from 11am to sunset. The free event will be presented by the Friends of Johnie's & The Coalition to Rebuild the Broiler and will feature cars and music, including special musical guests The Blasters. A special So Cal Eats book signing will also take place between 2-3 pm. See this flyer created by John Eng for more information. Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for update.

 

Bob's Construction Photos from September 3, 2009

September 3, 2009

09.08.09 Downey, CA - There is lots of activity going on at the construction site of the new Bob's Big Boy Broiler in Downey. Check out the latest photos from September 3, 2009.

Front Parking Lot
Downey, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Coffee Shop Letters
Downey, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for this latest update.

 

 

Drive-in Letters
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Drive Thru
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Bob's Front Entry
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Sunset Broiler
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Original Terrazzo
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Terrazzo
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Kitchen
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Scaffolds and the 24 Hour Sign
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
View to Back Lot of the New Bob's
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

 

Vintage Bob Hoisted on Roof

June 25, 2009

UPDATE 06/28: Bob was no longer on the roof this afternoon. The events of June 26 may have been a test run?

06.26.09 Downey, CA - Work progresses on the new Bob's Big Boy Broiler in Downey.

Bob makes his appearance on top the new Bob's Big Boy Broiler
Downey, CA
Photo courtesy Kathy Perez

 

Thursday, June 25 saw a major symbolic milestone met for the new Big Boy Broiler. Yes, Bob has arrived! The 12 foot vintage Bob was hoisted up on the roof of the Broiler as the 3rd generation Broiler takes shape after the original Harvey's Broiler and subsequent Johnie's Broiler.

Bob being readied to be hoisted on the roof
Downey, CA
Photo courtesy Kathy Perez

 

Below are many more photos from the morning of May 25. Many thanks to Kathy Perez for contributing the photos.

 

Bob's raised up from street
Photo courtesy Kathy Perez
Bob's raised up higher
Photo courtesy Kathy Perez
Bob's marquee
Photo courtesy Kathy Perez

 

Vintage Bob Found for Broiler

May 22, 2009

05.25.09 Downey, CA - Construction continues at the soon to be Bob's Big Boy Broiler site. The latest news is that owner Jim has found a 12 foot rotating vintage Bob.

Work continues on the marquee
Downey, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Check out the Bob's Big Boy statue showing off the famous double deck hamburger.

Bob
Downey, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Below are many more photos taken on May 22, 2009. Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for the continual updates from the site and for these photos.

 

Bob's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Shot from the site
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Bob's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Bob's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Worker on site
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Bob's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Bob's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
A close-up of Bob
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
John Biondo at the sign shop
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

 

More Construction at the Broiler

May 14, 2009

05.19.09 Downey, CA - Here are more construction photos from the site of the new Bob's Big Boy Broiler. As you can see, things are just humming along as work continues to make the new Broiler a reality.

Welding activity underway at the Bob's Big Boy Broiler in Downey on May 14, 2009
Downey, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

To the right is a shot of the new brush script lettering for the "broiler" portion of the new marquee

Broiler sign
Downey, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Below are many more photos taken on May 14, 2009. Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for the continual updates from the site and for these photos.

 

Bob's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Bob's marquee
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Bob's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Bob's marquee and framing
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Bob's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Bob's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Adriene Hammering At Work
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Kevin Hammering Nails
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Jim Puttin' it back together
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

 

Letters Are Up on the Bob's Big Boy Broiler Sign

May 12, 2009

05.13.09 Downey, CA - The letters went up on the former Johnie's Broiler sign today as construction continues at the site. The brushed script lettering is a familiar and welcome sight to the roadside fans who used to frequent Harvey's Broiler and subsequently Johnie's Broiler.

Letters being added to marquee May 12, 2009
Photos courtesy Eco Sign

Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for update and Eco Sign for photos.

 

Johnie's Construction Photos from May 11

May 11, 2009

05.12.09 Downey, CA - Tremendous progress is being made on the rebuild for Bob's Big Boy Broiler! I took these construction pix this afternoon so that we can all watch as the building is constructed.

Former Johnie's Broiler Marquee as of May 11, 2009
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

On Friday a crane hoisted a massive 60 foot beam into place, and over the weekend the steel framework was assembled and wood framing started going up. It's surreal to be there in person and realize how amazing it is that this project is actually happening. Is there anyone out there who's rebuilding a 1950s Googie drive-in restaurant from the original blueprints?! Stay tuned, more to come.

More photos from May 11, 2009 below.

 

Johnie's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Johnie's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo
Johnie's Construction Photos
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for update.

 

 

 

 

 

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