Harvey's Broiler, Downey, CA
Courtesy of Minnie Ortner..
Johnie's Broiler is a Googie style coffee shop and drive-in restaurant founded and initially named after owner Harvey Ortner who was previously a partner in the famous Clock Broiler Restaurants of Alhambra, Lynwood, Bellflower, Culver City and Temple City. He and his wife Minnie Ortner purchased the former poultry farm property located on Firestone Boulevard and Old River School Road in 1950 and hired architect Paul B. Clayton to design the restaurant. Harvey's Broiler was completed in 1958. Its design incorporates Southern California Googie architectural elements intended to help attract customers and motorists traveling in either direction on Firestone Boulevard.