Sadly, Costa Mesa's own Kona
Lanes (2699 Harbor Blvd.) was bulldozed this past Summer. This great
Tiki/Googie hybrid was designed by Quigley & Clark in the
Luckily, the big backlit roadside sign was saved and adopted by the fine
folks at the National Sign Museum. Also, a few longtime Kona fans
managed to save smaller momentos -- like bowling pins. Sadly, a
near-super-human effort to save the building's blueprints was thwarted
by an earlier-than-expected purging of Kona's offices.
Johnie's Broiler, at 7447 Firestone Blvd. in Downey, CA, closed in early
2002 and the parking lot was rented to a used car dealer. Since then,
Johnie's has suffered grievous bodily harm - both inside and out. The
diesel-y smell of approaching bulldozers is on the wind. But thanks to
some enthusiastic preservationists, there's still hope. Visit their
website at JohniesBroiler.org.
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