We are more than just a restraurant, we are an american icon.

7447 Firestone Boulevard, Downey California, 90241


Downey's former Harvey's/Johnie's Broiler has made a major comeback from an utterly illegal Sunday afternoon demolition in 2007. Now a Bob's Big Boy, the restaurant has won the LA Conservancy's President's Award for preservation.

Learn More About The History

Harvey’s Broiler was completed in 1958 and was an overnight success. Thousands of people came from all over the United States to experience the phenomenon of “The Broiler.” In 1966, the restaurant’s name was changed to Johnie’s Broiler and continued serving great food and hosting cruise nights featuring all styles of vintage cars into the late 90’s.

During the Broiler’s heyday, hot rods and “Kustom Kars” would cruise a route of popular carhop drive-in restaurants. One of the cruise circuits began in Long Beach at Grisinger’s drive-in, continuing on to Holly’s in Hawthorne on to the Wich Stand on Slauson and Overhill, and ending in Downey at the famous Broiler. As many as 3,000 young people took part in the ritual on some nights. Over the years various car clubs have kept the Broiler Wednesday Night Cruise alive and thriving.

Sadly on New Years Eve 2001, Johnie’s Broiler closed its doors and stopped operating as a restaurant. Early in 2002 – August 2006, it was leased and converted into a used car dealership by new operators.

On one Sunday afternoon, in 2007, the restaurant was illegally demolished. The demolition shocked Broiler supporters and Downey residents. Supporters sprang into action, attended hearings, city council meetings and encouraged people to help save the landmark restaurant.

In April 2008, the Broiler found a new lease on life and was committed to a rebuild. In 2009, with the help of Downey’s Redevelopment Agency and the LA Conservancy, there was a reconstruction of the property. The reconstruction was based upon the original blueprints. Since Bob’s opening, the restaurant continues to be a favorite filming location for Hollywood and is featured in many tv shows, music videos and movies.

TV & Film

The Broiler has been featured in several popular movies and TV shows because of its authentic 1950s look. Some of the films and TV shows filmed at the iconic diner are:

What's Love Got To Do With It

coffee shop used where a fight scene occurred between Ike & Tina Turner

Mad Men

portions of the 2010 Season Finale were filmed here


movie featuring Robert DeNiro


music video "What It Feels Like For A Girl"
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One Hour Photo

a 2002 motion picture directed by Mark Romanek, used Johnie's as the coffee shop where the Robin Williams' character has his meals.

Bob Dylan's

music video "Things Have Changed"
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Can't Hardly Wait

movie featuring Jennifer Love Hewitt

Unstrung Heroes

License to Drive

as "Archie's Atomic Drive-In"

Sean Kingston's

music video "Beautiful"
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The X Files

Johnie's posed as a bus station for a 1999

My Stepmother Is An Alien

She's Out Of Control


movie featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck

Short Cuts

Reality Bites

Earth Girls Are Easy


Melrose Place

The Game


television show featuring David Duchovny


music music video for "Sucked"

Jon B's

music video "They don't know"

Goodie Mob's

music video What It Ain't (Ghetto Enuff) featuring R&B trio TLC
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The Beach Boys

American Family, a 2000 ABC-TV movie, used Johnie's as an location depicting life in 1960s Los Angeles, complete with vintage hot rods and roadsters.

Mission Impossible 2

movie featuring Tom Cruise

The Country Bears

Riot (1997)

Midnight Madness


Every Wednesday 9-5pm

Wednesday Night Cruise

All cars welcome, food & beer specials

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7447 Firestone Boulevard, Downey California, 90241