the lighthouse cafe

from thomas pynchon, inherent vice posted in literature


the lighthouse cafe
30 pier avenue
hermosa beach, california 90254

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Doc visits the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach looking for Coy Harlingen near the end of Inherent Vice. The Lighthouse Cafe is a bistro that began showcasing jazz in 1949. Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley and others recorded live albums here in 50s, 60s and 70s.

Juicy James, located a block north of the pier on the Strand, was a real hot dog stand just like Pink's, although I'm not sure how many liberties Pynchon took with the sign that 'featured a giant hot dog with a face, arms and legs, cowboy hat and getup, firing a pair of six-guns and to all appearances enjoying itself.'