Monday, August 23, 2010

Norwalk Car Wash - Firestone Blvd

Here we find a near-cousin of the Slauson Car Wash. Perhaps it was built using the same plans? Those fins appear to be very similar…

The good news about this wash-n-shine is that it looks to be as popular and well maintained as it ever was during its heyday:





Nearby are the shuttered remains of an old Van De Kamps restaurant (note the distinct former-Windmill tower) that had evolved into a Norm’s at some point:



Since Norm’s is closed, let’s have a bite at Douglas Burgers, where they Char-Broil the patties and also serve up Breakfast, Pastrami, and of course Burritos and Tacos.

From what I can find online, it appears that this place has been serving up some awesome (if fatty) food for quite some time:


That’s all for now, see you down the road…

4 comments:

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Great post. Awesome pictures. Love to see that the old car wash has been maintained properly. Having visited there many times for many years. Much appreciated look back at the way it was. Thank you.

JG said...

Great pics Walter, thank you.

JG

Heidi Ann said...

I wouldn't mind grabbing a bite at Douglas Burgers - but I sure do hope somebody rescues that old Van De Kamps restaurant - and that it doesn't get torn down!
I am digging that cool Car Wash - and SO happy it is still in business!

Synthetrix said...

I used to eat breakfasts at the Douglas Burger in Anaheim back in the 80s. It was demolished when they did the 5 freeway widening.