Our Story

Specialty Restaurants Corporation is a pioneer in the industry, known for our award-winning destination restaurants. Since World War II veteran David Tallichet opened Long Beach's The Reef in 1958, SRC has developed a reputation for amazing food, excellent service and unbeatable views  – and the first themed restaurants in the US!

Many of our restaurants are inspired by our founder's experience as an aviator in World War II. David flew over 20 missions in a B-17 Bomber and his passion for flying left a legacy seen in many of our restaurants. Proud Bird, for example, sits along the runway at LAX and is decorated with historic aircrafts.

Today we are still family-owned and as committed as ever to delivering unmatched food and service.

SRC operates 18 award-winning restaurants including Orange Hill in Orange County, Castaway in Burbank and Rusty Pelican in Miami, Florida. Specialty Events is our event production company, offering complete event services for corporate and special events.

David believed in the importance of creating unforgettable experiences for guests, only opening restaurants on top of a hill, on the waterfront or next to an airport. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date spot, a delicious brunch with friends or a huge reception, our restaurants are built to accommodate groups of all sizes. Every location has a patio, bar, dining room and large event spaces so no matter the occasion, SRC restaurants are the place to go.

SRC Timeline


David Tallichet

Specialty Restaurants Corporation is founded by David Tallichet, a World War II veteran noted as the pioneer of themed restaurants.

David Tallichet 1958

The Reef

SRC’s first location, the Reef, opens in the Port of Long Beach.

The Reef history August 1958

Castaway Burbank

Castaway Burbank opens in the Verdugo Hills overlooking Burbank, SRC’s first location away from the shore.

Castaway Burbank March 1962

Whiskey Red's

Opening up as Pieces of Eight as the first restaurant in Marina del Rey, and previously known as Shanghai Red's. Whiskey Red's is known for its tropical décor, delicious seafood, exotic drinks and panoramic ocean views.

Whiskey Red's History August 1962

Proud Bird

Proud Bird opens next to LAX as a salute to achievements in aviation, offering guests a front-row view of planes approaching for landing.

Proud Bird Ground Breaking July 1967

HS Lordships

HS Lordships opens on the waterfront of the Berkeley Marina, offering back-to-back views of the Berkeley and San Francisco skylines

HS Lordships sigh September 1969

The Odyssey

The Odyssey Restaurant opens in Granada Hills, featuring our 1.25 acre SRC farm and a true farm-to-table experience.

The Odyssey History March 19, 1970

Castaway San Bernardino

Castaway San Bernardino opens in the rolling hills of the Inland Empire.

Castaway San Bernadino December 1970

Rusty Pelican Miami

Rusty Pelican Miami opens, a city-owned property on Key Biscayne overlooking downtown Miami.

Rusty Pelican with Miami Skyline May 1972


Luminarias opens on the hilltop of Monterey Park offering breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Valley.

Luminarias Restaurant June 1972

Orange Hill

Orange Hill Restaurant opens, offering picturesque views from Orange County to Catalina Island.

Orange Hill Patio at Sunset September 1972

94th Aero Squadron

94th Aero Squadron opens next to Van Nuys Airport, the world’s busiest general aviation airport. A tribute to WWII, the restaurant offers expansive views of some of the world’s oldest and newest aircraft arriving and departing daily.

94th Aero Squadron Restaurant November 1973

The Sunbird

The Sunbird opens on top of Rattlesnake Hill offering views of Colorado Springs in Colorado.

The Sunbird Restaurant at dusk April 1975

Monterey Hill

Originally opening up as Baby Doe's, Monterey hill overlooks the San Gabriel Valley in Monterey Park, CA.

Monterey Hill Restaurant July 20, 1981

Templeton Landing

Originally opening up as Crawdaddy's, Templeton Landing offers the largest waterfront patio of Lake Erie in Buffalo, NY.

Templeton Landing restaurant next to the harbor June 23, 1982

100th Bomb Group

100th Bomb Group opens offering sweeping views overlooking the runway of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio.

100th Bomb Group Restaurant September 30, 1983

Rusty Pelican Tampa

Rusty Pelican Tampa opens perched on the Rocky Point District of Tampa with waterfront views.

Rusty Pelican on the Rocky Point December 1983

Brady's Landing

Brady's Landing opens in the heart of Houston, Texas sitting on the turning basin of the Port of Houston Ship Channel.

Brady's Landing Restaurant December 29, 1983

Whiskey Joe's Tampa

Whiskey Joe’s Tampa opens, home to our World Famous Barefoot Bar on private land, offering incredible access to the waterfront.

Whiskey Joe's Tampa December 31, 1985

The Boat House

The Boat House At Confluence Park opens at the union of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers, offering captivating views of the downtown skyline of Columbus, Ohio.

The Boat House Restaurant History June 29, 1987


Guaymas opens offering panoramic views of the San Francisco bay in Tiburon, CA.

Guaymas restaurant patio with waterfront view February 16, 2008

Whiskey Joe's Miami

Whiskey Joe's Miami opens up just south of Miami in Key Biscayne, right off the Causeway.

Whiskey Joe's in a Miami harbor July 2012

The Rusty Pelican Miami

The New Rusty Pelican Miami reopens after SRC completes a $9 million renovation.

The Rusty Pelican in a Miami Harbor December 2012

Whiskey Joe's Port Richey

Whiskey Joe's Port Richey opens, along the Cotee River in Pasco county. With mouthwatering island-inspired dishes and specialty cocktails that complement the breath taking waterfront views.

Whiskey Joe's Port Richey March 2018

Castaway Burbank

The new Castaway reopens after a $10 million redesign of the property. Castaway has curated a whole new dining experience where everyone feels like a star, and every seat is magic. From the meat dry-aging room, floor-to-ceiling wine cellar, charcuterie station, to the breath-taking views of the valley and Los Angeles, Castaway is ready for its premiere.

Castaway Burbank May 2018

8191 E Kaiser Blvd

Anaheim, CA 92808

P: (714)279-6100

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