Heat Diner discussion
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This is the diner where Robert De Niro and his friends ate after the armored car robbery in the movie "Heat".
Here is some more information regarding why it's a bit run down.
These scenes were shot at an actual restaurant, a place called Johnie's Broiler, which was located at 7447 Firestone Blvd, in Downey, CA, about 12 miles southeast of downtown L.A.
When I visited the place a few years back, the restaurant was still open and doing business, and was still being used for filming of movies such as "Short Cuts," "Bounce," "What's Love Got To Do With It?", "Unstrung Heroes" & "Reality Bites".
However, the property has since been sold to a car dealership, and the restaurant was closed. The city of Downey refused to issue a permit allowing the demolition of the historic diner, but in January of 2007, the new owners tore it down anyway, amid cries of foul play from outraged preservationists.
This is from http://www.seeing-stars.com/Locations/Heat2.shtml