Although she was still in high school in the early 1960s, Laragene Schuyler vividly recalls the popularity of the Lompoc restaurant that sat on a plot of land owned at the time by her father.

“It was a hangout,” Schulyer said of the now-closed Hi Restaurant, which operated at the corner of Ocean Avenue and South E Street. “It was like when you go into little towns and all the farmers and the bankers and the judges and lawyers would meet for coffee every morning. It was the staple of the community.”

Although the restaurant closed a decade ago, its iconic sign — the bright red paint has faded over the years and the light bulbs have fallen out, but it still has its large “Hi! Let’s Eat” script — has remained a popular landmark in the city, even as another business opened and closed at the location.

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.



Willis Jacobson covers news and other issues, primarily those that affect the Lompoc Valley and Vandenberg Air Force Base for the Lompoc Record. He is a graduate of The University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications.