On this date in 1938, this ad in the Santa Ana Register offer two choice places for dining, dancing and entertainment, Vivian Laird’s South Seas and Vivian Laird’s Garden of Allah in Seal Beach. In spite of there being WOMEN CHEFS at South Seas, the people in the illustration for the Garden of Allah look like they’re having more fun.
There were many owners of the Garden of Allah after Vivian Laird, and the lot has hosted a number of establishments including very briefly a church, a Jack in the Box for decades, and the recently closed Fresh & Easy.
– Michael Dobkins
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