Valentine’s Day Ad for the Cockatoo Inn

Valentine’s Day Ad for the Cockatoo Inn

Today is Valentine’s Day 2020, and thought we’d share this amazing Valentine’s Day Ad for the Cockatoo Inn that ran in Los Angeles newspapers back in 1981: For its time, this was a great Valentine’s Day Ad for the Cockatoo Inn. Strong headline, strong branding, and great dominant lace-heart imagery. And the typography was stylish,…

What a Spy tried to do at the Cockatoo
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What a Spy tried to do at the Cockatoo

The year was 1984. Cold War tensions were still high. Hawthorne, California had a large defense presence. On December 10, 1984, an aerospace engineer from Northrop Aviation decided to risk it all. Here’s what a spy tried to do at the Cockatoo. Background Thomas P. Cavanagh (b.1945) was a mid-level engineer at the Advanced Systems…

A hotel called Borrego de Oro
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A hotel called Borrego de Oro

Throughout his life, Cockatoo owner Andy Lococo faced much scrutiny from authorities. Recently, we uncovered information showing that the FBI kept tabs on his activities for at least 10 years. After watching Andy’s trips to Mexico, agents caught wind of why he was interested in a hotel called Borrego de Oro. Why Andy? First, why…

Minervinis Celebrated at the Cockatoo

Minervinis Celebrated at the Cockatoo

The Desert Sun labeled their union an “Italian Romance” in 1963. In August of the same year, the Minervinis celebrated at the Cockatoo Inn. The occasion was their 25th wedding anniversary. Over 40 family and friends attended the dinner in Hawthorne. However, it was in 1938 that the paper said an “American-born Italian girl” (it…

Lococo’s Open in Manhattan

Lococo’s Open in Manhattan

Recently, a small article was discovered that announced a new joint in southern California. This time it wasn’t Andy’s Cockatoo, but brother Nick’s “Lococo’s” restaurant. The Palos Verdes News headline from Dec 19, 1957 read: “Lococo’s Open in Manhattan.” It called it, “an exciting new restaurant and cocktail lounge” run by brothers Nick and Michael…

Seeing the Cockatoo Inn destroyed twice
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Seeing the Cockatoo Inn destroyed twice

In 1958, a fire destroyed the old Cockatoo. Then, the razing of the entire building finally occurred in 2005. Imagine seeing the Cockatoo Inn destroyed twice. That’s exactly what former Hawthorne resident Jim Dally saw as a child, then later as an adult. According to John Baker’s Cougartown site, Jim stated in 2005: Recently, I…