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 21 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.


The Reef

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

August 1958

Castaway Burbank

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

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.

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.

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

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.

March 19, 1970

Castaway San Bernardino

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

December 1970

Rusty Pelican Miami

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

May 1972


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

June 1972

Orange Hill

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

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.

November 1973

The Sunbird

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

April 1975

Monterey Hill

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

July 20, 1981

Templeton Landing

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

June 23, 1982

100th Bomb Group

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

September 30, 1983

Rusty Pelican Tampa

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

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.

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.

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.

June 29, 1987


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

February 16, 2008

Whiskey Joe's Miami

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

July 2012

The Rusty Pelican Miami

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

December 2012

 8191 E Kaiser Blvd 

Anaheim, CA 92808 

P: (714)279-6100 

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