The Story of Johnnie’s Pastrami

Johnnie’s Pastrami, a well-known eatery in Culver City for more than 60 years - Culver City Historical Society

The Culver City Historical Society invites you to hear the story of Johnnie’s Pastrami on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Rotunda Room in the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

Do you remember where you were in 1952? The favorite TV program was “The Jackie Gleason Show,” the favorite song was “All of Me” by Johnnie Ray, and on the corner of Washington and Sepulveda there was a not so famous restaurant called Johnnie’s that would later become Johnnie’s Pastrami! Today that restaurant is a Culver City icon. People come from near and far to eat at this establishment.

Who is Johnnie? Did they have a reason to pick this spot? Why are those pickles are so tasty? Do you remember sitting outside with the fire pits eating or playing the juke box from your favorite booth? These questions and more will be answered through a PowerPoint presentation and discussion of this well-known eatery. Door prizes be given and there will be a 50-50 raffle. The public is invited to enjoy this program. Bring a friend and your stories to share with the families of Johnnie’s Pastrami. Free parking is available in the lots surrounding the Veterans Memorial Building and across the street at the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, at 4130 Overland Avenue and in the lot north of this facility.

The Archives and Resource Center will be open for viewing after the program.

YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jy6HkfenlE

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