important rally to SAVE JOHNIE’S BROILER!!!

Join us outside johnie’s Sat, april 20th 11am-2pm!

7447 firestone blvd., downey


Cynthia Howse, California Register Coordinator

Office of Historic Preservation

Department of Parks and Recreation

Post Office Box 942896

Sacramento, California  94296-0001


I am writing to help save Johnie’s Broiler, located at 7447 Firestone Boulevard in the City of Downey.  This unique coffee shop is a superb and rare example of 50’s ‘Googie’ architecture and is one of the last classic car hops in Southern California.


Johnie’s has been an important community landmark in continuous operation since 1958.  The community has many fond memories of Johnie’s, some even worked there as car hops in the 50’s when it was known as Harvey’s Broiler.  Johnie’s Broiler is a part of Southern California car culture history as well, having been a cruising destination for vintage car clubs in the 50’s and 60’s.


More recently, Johnie’s has been a commercial and movie location for films such as “Heat”, “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, “Unstrung Heroes” “Reality Bites”, as well as an television episode of “X-Files”.  Lily Tomlin played a waitress who worked at Johnie’s in “Short Cuts”.  These productions generate revenue for the City of Downey and benefit the community.


We urge your consideration and recommendation to revitalize and preserve Johnie’s for future generations.


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Protest the demolition of Johnie's Broiler at 7447 Firestone Blvd., Downey!


Meredith H. Perkins, Mayor:


Rick Trejo, Mayor Pro Tem - District 3:


City Council (562) 904-7274