While visiting Burbank, California, I had the pleasure of stopping by the oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in the United States (aka “Bob’s 49”) for lunch (and pie, naturally). It was built in 1949 by local residents, Scott MacDonald and and Ward Albert, using a design by noted Googie style architect, Wayne McAllister. According to the restaurant’s Point of Historical Interest plaque, the iconic architecture incorporates “the 1940s transitional design of streamline modern style while anticipating the freeform 50s coffee shop structure…” (history page). “Bob’s 49” is located at 4211 Riverside Drive in Burbank, California and I have additional images of the diner over at Flickr.
photos by Rusty Blazenhoff
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