The last of the original drive-ins was Tiny Naylor's at Sunset Blvd. and La Brea Avenue. I saw girls on skates there in the late 60s. The original Los Angeles drive-ins were: Ben Frank's, Tiny Naylors, and Bob's Big Boy, while The Copper Penny, and Norms are diners but no car hop (carhop?) service.
There were drive-in restaurants in the city where I grew up as a teenager. I used to order "orange Cokes". Coca-Cola with orange syrup mixed in. All the kids in town hung out there. I met my first long term girl friend there. Ah, nostalgia!
Today's picture, of Mel's Drive-In, is on La Brea, immediately south of Hollywood Blvd. Mel's was the name of the drive-in from the television show: Happy Days. This restaurant is a reproduction of the fictional place in the TV show. Your Hollywood Rounder has been to diner's throughout the USA and if you have a question about diner's, I'm your man.
There are a number of restaurant chains that try to re-create the diner experience. Ruby's Diner, Johnny Rockets and Mel's are the ones in Hollywood. They are not original to Hollywood, however. They are reproduction restaurants, like a Picasso print. Having said that, the food at them is much like the food at the drive-ins of the 1940s to the 1970s.
Drive-ins were great fun and Bob's Big Boy in Burbank still holds a once-a-month classic hot rod "show". If you go there, you may see a greaser.
Drive-ins should not be confused with drive-thrus, like McDonald's.
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