Architect’s Rendering of Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant - San Jose, CA 1966 by hmdavid on Flickr.
Location: 449 South Winchester Blvd., San Jose, CA
Positioned in front of the Century dome theaters and down the street from the Winchester Mystery House, Bob’s Big Boy served up burgers and shakes from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s. The Bob’s building, with its rock pillars and convex roofline, was designed by the Los Angeles based architectural firm, Armet and Davis, and is a prime example of “Coffee Shop Modern.” Fortunately, when the folks at Flames took over from Bob, they did little to alter the building’s exterior. Today, Flames Coffee Shop on Winchester Blvd. looks much like its predecessor, although one thing you’ll notice is that the original sign’s characteristic spike has been shortened.
Image appears courtesy Armet Davis & Newlove AIA Architects - AKA “the Godfathers of Googie.” For more classic buildings by Armet & Davis, see www.googieart.com