A Piece From Our Past

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Broiler Restaurant - Big Jim Kennedy on Main Beach
Above: Big Jim’s Broiler restaurant in the 1930s; bottom: the site of the former restaurant today

BIG JIM’S BROILER RESTAURANT

Located at Main Beach Park across from the southwest end of Ocean Avenue, the former Big Jim’s Broiler restaurant was built in the 1930s and featured 1,000 feet of oceanfront property. However, in 1968, the city of Laguna Beach purchased this prime piece of land and later removed the structures to build today’s Main Beach Park. On June 22, 1974, the park dedication took place. To celebrate the $4.5-million project, Roy Holm, who was mayor at the time, livened up the festivities by parachuting onto the beach from a plane piloted by astronaut Gordon Cooper.82 Copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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