Theme pioneer Tallichet of Specialty Restaurants dies
ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Theme restaurant pioneer David Tallichet, whose experience as a World War II B-17 bomber pilot led to his launch of several aviation-theme brands in the multiconcept port folio of his high-grossing Specialty Restaurants Corp., died Oct. 31 after a battle with cancer. The retired former company chairman was 84.
Tallichet launched his foodservice career in 1958 by opening The Reef in Long Beach, Calif. Anaheim-based Specialty Restaurants, now with 24 casual-dining theme restaurants, is known for their picturesque sites on waterfronts, hilltops and alongside airport runways. Among the company’s best-know brands are 94th Aero Squadron, Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine and Castaway.
Tallichet is survived by four children, including John Tallichet, chairman of Specialty Restaurants, and Bill Tallichet, who is general manager of The Reef. He also is survived by his wife, Carol, and four grandchildren.
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