Manufacturer: Scammell's Trenton China
User: Golden Bear Cafe
Date of grill plate: circa 1925 – circa 1929
Notes: From Wikipedia "The Golden Bear started as The Golden Lion Cafe at 226 Main Street in Huntington Beach and was founded by Harry Bakre in 1923. The name was changed to The Golden Bear Cafe in 1926 to avoid any legal issues with Bakre's former employer with the same name. It moved to its location at 306 Pacific Coast Highway (then called Ocean Avenue) on June 29, 1929, shortly before the Great Depression. It continued as a restaurant until Bakre retired in 1951. After that the building was the home to various restaurants. After Bakre's death in 1957, the building was vacant except for an art supply store in its front section.
"In 1963, Delbert Kauffman took over and established the Golden Bear as a folk music club. However, by 1966 Kauffman was bankrupt and closed the club.
"George Nikas reopened the club in 1966, and began booking rock bands as music evolved. Musicians performing during this time period included Janis Joplin, Neil Young, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Jimmy Reed, Seals and Crofts, Richie Havens, and others.
In 1974, brothers Rick and Chuck Babiracki, and Rick's wife, Carole, purchased the Golden Bear. They continued to book a diverse list of musicians, such as Jeff Lorber Fusion with Kenny G, Muddy Waters, Jerry Garcia, Patti Smith, The Ramones, The Bongos, Agent Orange, Arlo Guthrie, Maria Muldaur, and Peter Gabriel.
"The Golden Bear closed because of the costs involved in retrofitting the brick building for seismic compliance and the redevelopment of downtown Huntington Beach. The last performance was on January 29, 1986 by Robin Trower."
Click here to watch ABC7 reporter Greg Lee's story about the Golden Bear.
White body grill plate with a thick brown line on the outer edge of the border followed by a thinner orange line. There is a thin brown line at the verge. In the well of the plate where the grill plate divisions converge there is a drawing of bear in brown and light orange. Under the bear are the words "Golden Bear."
ID contributed by Larry Paul
Photos contributed by Kathleen Lathom