To celebrate Specialty Restaurants' Corp.'s 60th anniversary, the 100th Bomb Group will offer a 60-cent Dave's Margarita with purchase of an appetizer or entree, limited to two per person. It pays tribute to company founder and World War II veteran David Tallichet. It's at 20920 Brookpark Road, Cleveland.

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Specialty Restaurants Corporation is celebrating its 60th anniversary by offering the Dave’s Margarita for 60 cents on Thursday, Oct. 11, in honor of company founder David Tallichet, at all its eateries, including The Reef in Long Beach, Orange Hill in Orange, Luminarias in Monterey Park and Castaway in Burbank and San Bernardino. The offer is good with the purchase of an appetizer or entree and there is a limit of two Dave’s Margaritas per person. The restaurants will also be offering a 1958 Throwback Menu Monday, Oct. 8, through Oct. 21.

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Situated among the Verdugo Hills, Castaway has boasted one of the best views in Burbank for over 50 years. A recent renovation has taken the restaurant into a modern era, offering a sleek redesign, interactive stations, a subtle movie studio theme, and a “steak-forward” menu with an eye for affordability.

Specialty Restaurants Corporation (SRC) was founded by WWII veteran David Tallichet, who opened SRC’s first restaurant in Long Beach in 1958. Castaway would open just a few years later in 1962, offering American fare with Polynesian influences. Tropical vibes filled the property, which consisted of a 500-seat dining room and event space that was popular for weddings and parties. A second Castaway opened in San Bernardino in 1970, and remains there to this day.

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It is quite safe to say that David Tallichet was Long Beach’s first major restaurateur—and his first restaurant, The Reef, will be offering 60-cent margaritas in honor of its 60th anniversary.

An avid aircraft man following his 20-plus missions aboard the Spirit of Pittwood plane during World War II, Tallichet was also a man with Disney-like ambitions after he became the manager of the historic Lafayette Hotel off Broadway and Linden in Downtown following a post with the Hilton corporation.

Mesmerized by the thematic nature of tiki bars and the 1950s obsession with island culture, Tallichet slowly saved money and, partnering with SeaWorld founder George Millay, founded the Specialty Restaurants Corporation. Their first project? The Reef restaurant, a tropics-inspired joint that would join Java Lanes that very year as the two prime, thematic, getaway-centric Long Beach spaces that tongue-in-cheek celebrated Polynesian culture.

The opening of The Reef was pivotal for the restaurant group, spurring a mass expansion that was followed by the famed Castaway in Burbank and would go on to over 100 other restaurants across the nation—and not just restaurants.

He was responsible for places like the Ports O’ Call development, now being completely altered for a more contemporary concept. Proud Bird at LAX, which is now a food hall and event center? That’s Tallichet. Shanghai Red’s in Marina del Rey? That’s Tallichet.

In 2007, Tallichet passed away at the age of 84 and is survived by his wife Carol Margaret Tallichet, who lives in Orange, along with his four children.

While The Reef has become more known as a wedding venue than a restaurant as of late—long-gone are its days as a go-to place for food—the idea of 60-cent margaritas in honor of Tallichet sounds like the perfect Long Beach toast.

These special margaritas will be served on October 11 only; this promotion will be available with the purchase of an appetizer or entrée and will be limited to two per person. The Reef is located at 880 S Harbor Scenic Drive

8191 E Kaiser Blvd

Anaheim, CA 92808

P: (714)279-6100

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