This Bob's restaurant was built in 1949 by local residents Scott MacDonald and Ward Albert, and is the oldest remaining BOB'S BIG BOY in America. It was designed by renowned architect Wayne McAllister, incorporating the 1940's transitional design of streamline modern style while anticiapting the free-form 50's coffee shop architecture. The towering BOB's sign is an integral part of the building design and its most prominent feature. The restaurant was honored in 1993, receiving the designation as a "STATE POINT OF HISTORICAL INTEREST" by the state of California. The current owner (the MacDonald Family) acquired control of the restaurant in 1993 and began to restore it to its past glory.
The Bob's Big Boy and sign ensemble is significant to the history, culture, and architecture of Los Angeles and merits recognition and preservation.
-------Barbara A. Hoff, LA Conservancy
An exterior patio was added; the tower sign was rehabilitated; the dining room was remodeled; "Car Hop" service was re-introduced on Saturday and Sunday nights; and on Friday nights a classic car show reverberates in the parking lot. Many resources were spent to restore the quality of food, service and hospitality which made BOB's a Southern California tradition. We, the owners, managers and employees of BOB's thank each and everyone of our guests for their patronage, and we pledge to continue to strive to provide you with the very best food, service and hospitality at a fair price. Our goal is to constantly improve and make your meal the very best value in Southern California..
Wayne McAllister, Architect
A Los Angeles-based architect who was a leader in the Googie style of architecture that embraced the automobile.