Legal notices to alert the current owner of Johnie's to the impending designation were sent to the wrong address, city officials acknowledged last week. So the movement to name the Goggie-style structure on the northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue will have to wait, according to the Los Angeles Times.
As originally reported by LandUseLA.com, the one-story restaurant exhibits "character-defining" features of Googie-style architecture. It has also been the backdrop of numerous movies, television shows and music videos, probably most notably The Big Lebowski and American History X.
The historic designation was already approved by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission. The City Council's Planning and Land Use Committee delayed a vote last week to approve the designation until the notification problem can be cleared. The full City Council must still vote on the issue as well.
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