Cook at the Cockatoo

Recently, we connected with Peter Conway, who says he was once a cook at the Cockatoo Inn. Peter was nice enough to let us ask him a few questions about his time there! Where...

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January 20, 2022

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Chatting with the former Director of Purchasing

We are not overly active on social media, but our Cockatoo Inn Instagram allowed us to connect with Mary McPadden-Bigda. She was very nice and reminisced about her time working at the Cockatoo in...

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September 13, 2021

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Visiting the Cockatoo during the 1992 LA Riots

Sometimes it’s hard to believe this little mid-century hotel and restaurant touched so many people from all over the world. No matter their origins or circumstances, they all seem to agree on the Cockatoo...

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January 6, 2021

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Lunch memories at the Cockatoo

We’re thankful for our users’ many stories over the years. They help make connections to people and places, especially right here in Southern California! This recent contribution came to us via Becky Cortez, who...

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November 4, 2020

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Chat with former Cockatoo employee

Recently, we had a brief chat with former Cockatoo employee, Favian Gonzales. He was a room service waiter from 1989 to 1994, just before the Cockatoo closed. We were excited to ask him some...

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October 1, 2020

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Play dates at the Cockatoo Inn

Throughout the decades, people have had different types of experiences at the Cockatoo. One can imagine in the 1950s and 60s, date nights in suits and dresses. Maybe you danced with one of the...

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April 15, 2020

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When Val worked at the Cockatoo

We recently connected with former Cockatoo Inn employee, Val Crotty. When Val worked at the Cockatoo, the joint was in different hands. By 1978, Andrew Lococo had already passed. Despite this, the Cockatoo still...

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October 9, 2019

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Personal memories from Debbie and Keith

Uncovered nice personal memories from Debbie and Keith, a couple of Hawthorne locals. This first one comes from Debbie, who recalled: “Wow, Cockatoo Inn conjures up some interesting memories. My Dad loved the ponies...

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August 26, 2019

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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...

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August 23, 2019

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Boys in the Mud

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that we remember most fondly. Maybe it was the first time you rode a bike, or saw a ladybug on your hand. Perhaps it was you and...

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August 20, 2019

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