The Pool Hall and the Blue Bird Cafe (646 Valley Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075)
In 1934 Guillermo Rincon bought this property and built an adobe building. He started his own cantina which had a pool room, a small kitchen and a pass out window. They specialized in hamburgers and fries, not Mexican food. In 1947 the Rincons added a dining room but the place still did not have a name. One day an artist was having lunch and the door was open and a blue bird sat in the tree outside. She suggested to Guillermo that he name the restaurant the Blue Bird. When he did, she painted a bluebird into a mural on the dining room wall. The Blue Bird closed in 2000.
A 1995 photo of the Blue Bird Café. (Photo from the Ethnology Project, Eden Gardens by Draguicevich, Dudash, Ngo and Stamatelaky in the Solana Beach Heritage Museum Collection)
[sources: Early Solana Beach, Recollections by George C. Wilkens & Robert “Chuckles” Hernandez as told to Jim Nelson, 2002 and Solana Beach, Forty Years of Progress, 1922-1962, April, 1962]