Otobots auto repair proudly serves the thriving community of Downey CA with industry certified technicians. Downey is considered part of the Gateway Cities. The city is the birthplace of the Apollo space program, and is the hometown of Richard and Karen Carpenter. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 111,772.
The 1953 McDonald’s restaurant at 10207 Lakewood Blvd. (at Florence Ave.) was the third McDonald’s built and is the oldest surviving McDonald’s. The Oldest McDonald’s restaurant was listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 1994 list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. It was the second restaurant franchised by Richard and Maurice McDonald, prior to the involvement of Ray Kroc in the company, and it still has the two original 30-foot “Golden arches” and a 60-foot animated neon “Speedee” sign.
With low sales, the lack of a drive-up window and indoor seating, and with severe damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the restaurant was forced to close. However, with both the public and preservationists demanding the restaurant be saved, McDonald’s spent two years restoring the restaurant and reopened it. Customers today can visit the original restaurant and an adjoining gift shop and museum.
Notable people from Downey include: Paul Bigsby (inventor), Miranda Cosgrove (actress), Walt Faulkner (IndyCar), James Hetfield (musician), and Evan Longoria (MLB).