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Title
1976 - The Castaway Restaurant Remodel
Contributor
(Photographer)
Date Created and/or Issued
1976
Contributing Institution
Burbank Public Library
Collection
Around Burbank: Businesses, Homes, and Streets
Rights Information
Burbank Public Library, Burbank in Focus Office
Description
A construction crew lowers a hanging tulip light fixture suspended from the rafters of The Castaway Restaurant on September 24, 1976. Three workers man the ropes under the exposed beam ceiling while another brings lumber into the site through a doorway. According to the Los Angeles Times, The Castaway remodel in 1976 cost over $200,000 and included new landscaping and a relocation of the cocktail bar. The Castaway Restaurant originally opened in March of 1962 as the second themed restaurant launched by Specialty Restaurants Corporation. Known for their award-winning destination restaurants, the company was founded by World War II bomber pilot, David Tallichet, who acquired a reputation for opening his restaurants next to an airport, on the waterfront, or on top of a hill. Nicknamed “The Jewel on the Hill,” the South Seas themed restaurant in the Burbank hillside became a landmark and meeting place for local businesses such as NBC, Lockheed, and the Walt Disney Company, as well as a venue for wedding receptions and prom parties. Bob Hope was known to frequent the cocktail bar where he and other visitors enjoyed the panoramic view of the San Fernando Valley. A fire destroyed the original Castaway Restaurant in 1993 but it was rebuilt a year later. In 2017, the venue undertook a $10 million-dollar renovation to revamp the banquet rooms, outside patio dining area, and catering kitchen space.
Type
Image
Format
nonprojected graphic
3½ x 3½ b&w print
Identifier
islandora:1477
local: cco01514
Subject
Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Construction workers--Restaurants--Buildings--Interior lighting--Lighting, Architectural and decorative--Wooden ceilings--1970s--Businesses--Castaway
Relation
City Clerk's Office

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