|Founded||Los Angeles, California
United States (1949 )
Number of locations
Norms Restaurants is a chain of diner-style restaurants in Southern California. Founded in 1949 by used-car salesman Norm Roybark, the restaurants are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. There are currently seventeen locations in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.
The first Norms opened on Sunset Boulevard near Vine Street in 1949. The oldest surviving Norms opened on La Cienega Boulevard in 1957, featuring a distinctive angular and brightly colored style that came to be known as Googie architecture. Key characteristics include concrete walls, large glass windows, jutting roof, and a neon marquee. Many Norms restaurants, including the 1957 La Cienega Boulevard location, were designed by the architectural firm of Armet & Davis to look like automobile showrooms with booths resembling bucket seats. Their unique appearance has made them the subject of exhibitions curated by the Getty Center.
In popular culture
- The location of a popular hangout of the characters of the TNT show Men of a Certain Age.
- Friedlander, Whitney (18 May 2008). "Go on a SoCal hunt for Googie architecture". The Baltimore Sun.
- Lacher, Irene (3 August 2003). "Neon Rhapsody". Los Angeles Times.
- Hawthorne, Christopher (18 April 2013). "Review: L.A.'s Satisfying Sprawl". Los Angeles Times.
- Reyes, Emily Alpert (16 January 2015). "L.A. to consider preservation of Googie-style Norms on La Cienega". Los Angeles Times.
- "NORMS La Cienega: Demolition Permit Ordered: The Googie diner is up for a local landmark nomination." KNBC, January 14, 2015.