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 Lococo. The business opened on Sepulveda Blvd. and Redondo Beach Blvd. in Manhattan Beach.

Then, it went on to mention Andy’s success with the Cockatoo, of which Nick and Michael “were also associated for a number of years.” Speaking about Michael’s work on Lococo’s, the PV News stated:

“…a graduate of USC and a general contractor…did the construction work on the sprawling building which houses their resturant.”

Lastly, it described the three main rooms featured at Lococo’s:

“The Satellite Lounge, design in the modern outerspace trend with blinking stars and whirling satellites; the Fountain Room which is centered by an artistic real water fountain, and the Gold Room, a dining section capable of handling a number of persons.”

Here’s the original clipping from 1957:

Lococo’s Open in Manhattan Beach, Dec 1957. Image by Palos Verdes News

…and a matchbook with the Sepulveda address:

Do you remember Lococo’s in Manhattan Beach, or have any photos you can share? Let us know below!

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