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Old 12-29-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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In the South Bay in the '70s/'80's, if our family went out to eat, it pretty much boiled down to BBB, Tony's, or Love's Wood Pit BBQ. Anybody remember Love's in Torrance? Their old pit master has their famous BBQ bean recipe on Uncle Phaedrus's section of hungrybrowser, for those who want the secret to the best beans ever.

Gotta miss BBB, given the unfortunate proliferation of bland swag like Applebee's and Olive Garden these days. And Denny's is not a proper replacement.
Love's Wood Pit BBQ is one of those Southern California restaurant chains that I miss terribly. They had the best barbecued beans ever! I'll have to check out the recipe on hungrybrowser, as I've been trying to replicate the recipe without much success (just doesn't taste the same). There used to be a Love's restaurant within walking distance of where I live, but it has since closed and is now a Chipotle.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Chipotle are thieves as well & arent all that like some say.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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I couldn't get enough of their French Toast either; alongside Alphy's, their French toast was just wonderful.

I stopped at the one in Calimesa on the way home from Palm Springs, but the FT just wasn't the same as it was back then.

I agree that the Burbank/Toluca Lake location isn't going away anytime soon; it's definitely a landmark.

And there's a new BMW dealership which just moved from Beverly Hills at the site where the Wilshire Blvd. location used to be 5 minutes from home, but it closed a few years ago.
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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And there's a new BMW dealership which just moved from Beverly Hills at the site where the Wilshire Blvd. location used to be
"They paved paradise, put up a parking lot."
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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I agree that the Burbank/Toluca Lake location isn't going away anytime soon; it's definitely a landmark.
But that's what the Pasadena Bob's was, just a few short years ago (okay, maybe 25).

People's tastes change. I can understand the comments about Chipotle; their food is a lot better for you. Still, other restaurant chains have made the transition. Why not Bob's?
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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I think its a bunch of factors

-Decling, retiring baby boom generation that pretty much grew up with Bobs.

-Increasing real estate prices + the economy.

Bobs grew in an era of very cheap land (i.e. gas station on every corner) + very healthy/growing middle class economy.

-Changing restaurant trends....i.e. in n out or five guys.

-People more pressed for time, more indepedent lifestyles vs 30 years ago. It seems like most of the growth in restaurants in the last 10-15 years is fast casual, or a hybrid between fast food and sit down.

I.e. panera bread.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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Child abuse.
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