Burbank CA

By Lynne Tucker

Bob’s® Big Boy 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 anticipating 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, receiving the designation as a “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.  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 tradition and your meal the very best value in Southern California.

Bob’s® Big Boy
4211 Riverside Drive
Burbank CA 91505

For more information and directions visit: www.bobs.net

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Lynne Tucker is a Travel Writer and Photojournalist based in Palm Desert