Bobby Jo’s has been a dream of the owner Tony Cox since he was 17 years old, always into the Rock n Roll scene Tony always wanted to work somewhere where he could listen to his fabulous collection of 50s tracks. 30 years later the dream came true …… Tony sold the business and the house to raise funds to buy the dream.
We gutted the building and set to work on getting the look right that we had in our heads. Neither Tony or Jo has any restaurant experience as Tony ran a coach company and Jo works in a firm of solicitors. Both Tony and Jo are both rock n rollers themselves and are into both the 1940s and 1950s, they both spend any spare time they have jitterbug dancing as this is their favourite pastime.
Tony and Jo, his wife, travelled all over the country (and a few places in the USA to) to look at diners. Most we found were very samey, all red and white with licence plates over the walls, pictures of James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis, and playing mostly the usual same old rock n roll songs from the usual Rock n Roll Greatest Hits. A lot seemed to be playing music from all eras even though some were saying they were 50s diners. We have not found a diner that takes it to the next level as we believe we have, all our waitresses are in vintage reproduction uniforms based on the old 1950s waitresses. Our gentlemen wear bow ties and garrison caps to finish off the complete look.
We wanted something different. We’ve always thought of the 50s as candy coloured… hence the reason we chose pink walls and aqua furniture, we could just visualise how those colours would compliment the traditional diner black and white floor. We have chosen pictures of many 50s stars from screen and song, we have tried to get different pictures and not the usual standard three that everyone else has.
Each booth is based on a star – we have the Elvis Booth, Marilyn Booth, Tony Curtis Booth, Liz Taylor Booth, Jayne Mansfield Booth and Rock Hudson Booth and each one has a write up on some interesting facts about each person. Then we have the gallery which hosts photos of some lesser know 50s icons. Our bar was custom made to ensure it matched the diner décor.
We finished off the outside in typical 50s colours (largely inspired by Mels diner) and have the traditional neon’s around which are standard to all diners and our pink venetion blinds finish the look.
We have pleasure in offering some typical American delights such as Root Beer and our Oreo Cookie milkshake. We even have a double coloured milkshake, a “Bobby Jo Special” which is a shake that is half pink and half green and tastes of strawberry one side and lime on the other… a definite must to try!
All our meat is sourced from local butchers and delivered fresh every morning. We freshly prepare and make our burgers as the orders come in. Our bread is made in the bakers next door and we pick it up not long after its just come out the oven, and all our fruit and veg is delivered fresh every morning from local suppliers.
We hope that anyone who comes to the diner has a fun time. We love it if people say they feel they have “stepped back in time” as this is the whole idea of this venture. We want people to always want to come back when they leave, we pride ourselves on our atmosphere and friendly welcome to all who dine here. We hope that all the Car Clubs will pay us a visit as we hope to have a picture gallery showing all the fabulous cars parked outside.
Please take a look at our menu, we take bookings and always feel free
to ask if you have any specific requests that might not be on the menu, we will always try to please and make the effort to help you if we can.
We look forward to seeing you in the diner.
Tony and Jo Cox