|Intl. Notebook||Nov 4 2011|
We were poking around the interweb today and found the above photo of the original Brown Derby restaurant opened in Los Angeles by Herbert Somborn (Gloria Swanson’s husband) and Robert H. Cobb in 1926. The Derby quickly spawned other branches, and the second of those, located in Hollywood, was famous for being frequented by film execs and celebs, and was also the birthplace of the Cobb salad. The architecture style is sometimes mislabeled as Googie, but in fact it’s a form of novelty architecture known as “programmatic” or sometimes “mimetic”. We got curious how many other examples of Los Angeles area novelty eateries we could find, so we headed over to a great architecture forum called Skyscraperpage and had a look. We have nine more examples below. Happy eating.