The Warehouse Restaurant was created in the late 1960s by Burt Hixson, a documentary photographer. The interior is a recreation of a warehouse with items from old warehouses such as crates, barrels, sacks, and nets. The restaurant is still there, but Hixson went on to develop the Villa Verano resort on an estate in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The following is from a 1985 article in Nation's Restaurant News:
Burt Hixson's niche in the history of restaurantdom is assured, both from his trend-setting establishment of The Warehouse themer in Los Angeles's Marina del Rey (and three other spinoffs) and from his victory in a 1982 federal, precedent-setting lawsuit to protect the nautical-wharf "trade dress" of his $4 million-a-year flagship restaurant.
Hixson, 45, is now entertaining the idea of establishing a "corporate resort" in a large estate he bought in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He said he may "retire" there when he concludes the active role he has played in his restaurants after 17 years. Known for his safari-plantation garb and savvy merchandising, Hixson described the pending move as "sort of getting out of the fast lane or mainstream."
Smorgasbord Sundays (SS)
restaurant and food postcards