In November, the Los Angeles City Council named Armet & Davis’Â Johnieâ€™s Coffee Shop, the restaurant at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, a historic cultural landmark. Thatâ€™s a win for preservationists concerned with the legacy of the Googie style, the auto-oriented, steel-and-neon aesthetic that spawned diners and coffee shops across Southern California from the 1940s through the 1960s.
It might also give a leg up to locals interested in seeing Johnieâ€™s returned to its original use. Because Johnieâ€™s Coffee Shop isnâ€™t a coffee shop, and hasnâ€™t been for over a decade. Since 2000, itâ€™s been closed to the public and used exclusively for filming. The restaurantâ€™s film credits, both before and after its conversion to a 24/7 theatrical set, include The Big Lebowski and Reservoir Dogs.