Greg Harvey had heard stories about the carhops at the Bob's Big Boy in Burbank. His dad was a regular here in the 50's, spending his weekends in a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Greg's wife, Jill, frequented the Burbank restaurant, too, but she was 10 years old and came with her parents. When Greg learned that the carhops were back, he took a trip down memory lane, Borrowing his dad's 1969 Copo Camaro, he pulled into Stall 15 on a recent Saturday night. Greg ordered a Big Boy Combo with blue cheese dressing, his childhood favorite, while Jill chewed on a burger with fries. As music of the Beach Boys played in the background, the Harveys basked in nostalgia.
It's the same as it was when I was a kid. But back then it was more crowded. There were people and cars everywhere. It was crazy.
-------Jill Harvey, local resident
Opened in 1949, Bob's Burbank is the oldest restaurant in the nationwide chain. When the State of California declaired the restaurant a historical landmark, the '50's diner underwent a face lift to re-create the '50s style. Managers agreed that the restoration wouldn't be complete without the revival of the carhop. "We wanted to bring the historical '50s style back," general manager Mike Lopez stated.