Roy’s Cafe, which features a neon sign inspired by another sign at the historic Roy’s of Amboy, California, recently opened on Route 66 in Barstow, California.
Here’s the sign for the original Roy’s, for comparison’s sake:
Carlos Aceves, Amboy town manager, wrote to the Route 66 yahoogroup Saturday:
Roy’s Cafe is now open in Barstow on Main Street Route 66.
The menu is similar to the original innBoy but with a modern twist. Come enjoy burgers, fries, shakes, wings and more.
Specialty is the Classic Hamburgers from single to the extreme burger called ” The Heart Attack”‘; if eaten within 5 mins it will be free! Must be timed and must finish the fries and drink.
New owner Bernardo Cobain has 25 years restaurant experience from owning 3 successful restaurants in the Los Angeles area called casa Del sol (Los Alimitos) He has taken on the Classic American Diner from Amboy and brought it to Barstow.
Based on a photo of the Heart Attack, it’s four beef patties, several slices of cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickles all on one bun. It’s so tall, you can’t bite into it all at once; you have to eat it piecemeal.
The newer Roy’s is at 413 E. Main St. (aka Route 66) in Barstow.
The operators of Roy’s Cafe in Barstow said in a text the building’s owner is Albert Okura, who also owns the original Roy’s and the rest of the Route 66 hamlet of Amboy. Okura also owns the Juan Pollo restaurant chain in southern California.
Aceves said in an email that Okura “has agreed to open the business as Roys Cafe so we can cater to the travelers coming into Amboy but can not eat food there.”
Roy Crowl opened the original Roy’s in Amboy along Route 66 in 1938. It eventually included a motel, full-service garage and restaurant. Buster Burris married one of Crowl’s daughters and became a full partner in the enterprise by the 1940s.
Amboy declined after Interstate 40 bypassed Route 66 in 1972. Okura bought Roy’s and the town in 2005, and he’s been slowly upgrading the facilities — including reopening the gas station — ever since.
(Exceprted of Roy’s Cafe in Barstow, California, from Google reviews; image of Roy’s in Amboy, California, by Helen Gordon via Flickr)