Saturday, July 14, 2007
Did you know that Pomona is not the only city where you can find a Donahoo's?
Donawhat? Yes, it's true, a Donahoo's can also be found in Ontario, and Riverside. The Riverside location even features the same funky rooster. In Riverside, the rooster sits on their roof, as opposed to Pomona where he is proudly perched up high on their sign. The only location to get a glowing review by the local bbq and greasy spoon reviewer was our very own Pomona location. Pomona was noted for chicken that was crunchier, spicier and cooked longer than the other two locations.
David Allen's column this week nominated the Pomona Donahoo's chicken to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World:
"Wonders here, too!
By David Allen, Columnist
NO WONDER: Well, the new Seven Wonders of the World have been announced, and immediately the choices - including the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum and Machu Picchu - proved controversial.
Especially at my desk.
Where is the Inland Valley in all this?
Sure, the Taj Mahal is beautiful. But do you mean to tell me it's more inspiring than the fiberglass steer watching over Sunny's Food Mart in Upland?
Or take the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil. Compare it to the Donahoo's Chicken rooster in Pomona, which perches high above the street and is visible from blocks away. Honestly, which one makes your pulse beat a little faster?
(When author Charles Phoenix spoke in March at the Pomona Library, he said of the Donahoo poultry: "It's practically the Statue of Liberty of Pomona.")
So that's two down. Any other nominations for the Seven Wonders of the Inland Valley, readers? Send 'em to the addresses at the end of this column, and feel free to bolster your case with a photo."
You can read David Allen's whole column here. By popular demand, I've also added a link to his column on my sidebar.
I would have to agree with the idea that the Donahoo's Chicken rooster is the Statute of Liberty of Pomona. But this got me worried about whether the Donahoo's Chicken rooster is protected as an historic landmark. I believe it would be, because it is located within the Lincoln Park Historic District, but does anyone know for sure?
Felix the Cat, off the Harbor Freeway near U.S.C., did not have historic status until this past Thursday when preservationists finally prevailed against developers backed by quite a political force. The Times covered the victory here. Felix got lucky. Roosters, on the other hand, don't usually have nine lives, much less one whole one. Let's hope the Donahoo's Chicken rooster is an exception.