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Tommy “Road Runner” Martin Celebrates 50 Years at the Five Crowns

Longtime Corona del Mar resident, Tommy “Road Runner” Martin, celebrated his 50th anniversary at the famed Five Crowns restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach’s Corona del Mar this past month.

Tommy Martin, far right, with Marian and Chuck Jones at the Five Crowns restaurant in Corona del Mar.

Tommy met Chuck Jones in 1980 and he describes his relationship with Jones in an article in a recent Los Angeles Times article.

“In 1980, he met his best friend, Chuck Jones, the famed animator who drew the Road Runner character and so many others for Warner Bros.

“Before Martin became a regular runner, he was an avid tennis player who darted around the court. His friends nicknamed him “Road Runner” for his speed.

“One night, Jones, who lived in Cameo Shores with his wife and daughter, was dining at Five Crowns. Jones asked for something to draw on and sketched the Road Runner with a tennis racket and signed it.

“Throughout their decades of friendship, Martin considered Jones a father figure. Martin even joined the Jones family when the animator received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Each Father’s Day, Martin and Jones’ daughter celebrate the life of the cartoonist, who died in 2002. Martin continues to wear a “Looney Tunes” tie and pin.

“What he gave from his heart was so much more important,” Martin says. “Meeting Chuck Jones and gaining employment at Five Crowns are the biggest moments of of my life.”

Read the full article clicking on this sentence.

Thank You Five Crowns for Your Support of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Five Crowns Restaurant in Chuck's hometown of Corona del Mar created a special dessert to honor Chuck on his centennial, all of the proceeds of which were donated to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Kudos to Five Crowns, their parent company, Lawry's, and all of the special people who lifted a glass of champagne in honor of Chuck Jones during the month of this celebration!

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We send a special thank you to Tommy Martin at the Five Crowns who made Chuck and his wife, Marian, welcome guests of the restaurant for many, many years. Huzzah!

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Chuck and Marian Jones with Tommy Martin of the Five Crowns Restaurant in Corona del Mar, California.

If you live in Orange County or are visiting, make a reservation at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, California 92625, 949.760.0331, it's scrumptious!

Five Crowns Restaurant in Chuck’s Hometown to Celebrate His Centennial


Celebrated Artist and Cartoonist Will Be Memorialized with a Unique Champagne
and Carrot Cake Creation!

(Newport Beach/Corona del Mar, CA)
September 20, 2012
– In honor of the Chuck Jones Centennial,
Five Crowns, a member of the Lawry’s family of restaurants,
and Executive Chef Greg Harrison will offer restaurant guests a special dessert
featuring champagne and carrot cake. Jones is the legendary artist who
brought to life such famous cartoon characters as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny,
Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé le Pew, Marc Anthony, Dr.
Suess’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, and many others. Jones was a long
time patron of Five Crowns and even befriended the restaurant’s guest
Ambassador, Tommy Martin. 100% of all proceeds from the dessert, which will be
offered until October 21, will be donated to the Chuck Jones Center for
Creativity and its mission to reignite the creative spirit through art classes,
exhibition, lectures, film festivals and more. 

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Chuck Jones, Marian Jones, and Tommy Martin at the Five Crowns circa 2000.

whose credits include four Academy Award-winning short films, directed over 300
films in his lifetime, including “Rabbit Seasoning?”, “Robin Hood Daffy”, and
“Feed the Kitty”. In 1992, his “What’s Opera, Doc?” was the first short
animated film to be inducted into the Library of Congress' National Film
Registry. The centennial of the artist’s birth will feature the Chuck Jones
Centennial Celebration Film Festival at the Alex Theatre in
Glendale, CA on Friday, September 21st. 

are thrilled to commemorate Chuck Jones with this wonderful and unique dessert,
which was inspired by Bugs Bunny, of course,” says Chef Harrison.
“Jones gave us a lifetime of memories through his beloved cartoons. By creating
this dish for him, we celebrate his legacy and his infectiously fun approach to

Crowns, an historic landmark with English flair recently renovated in Corona
del Mar, is Orange County’s premiere dining alternative. The distinguished
restaurant features the best organic ingredients carefully selected from local
farmers markets for a thoughtfully prepared menu. SideDoor is the charming English-style
gastro-pub adjacent to Five Crowns. 

more information, reservations, and information, please call (949) 760-0331 or
visit thefivecrowns.com for Five Crowns, or (949) 717-4322 or sidedoorcdm.com
for SideDoor. 

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Five Crowns and SideDoor are members of
the Lawry’s family of restaurants, which includes Lawry’s The Prime Rib, with
locations in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Osaka, Tokyo,
Singapore, Taipei, and Hong Kong, as well as the Tam O’Shanter in Los Angeles. The
company’s quick-service concept, Lawry’s Carvery, opened at South Coast Plaza
in Costa Mesa in 2003, and was followed by additional locations at Westfield
Century City and L.A. LIVE. Five Crowns and SideDoor are located at 3801 East
Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For Five Crowns reservations and information, please
call (949) 760-0331 or visit thefivecrowns.com. For SideDoor information, please
call (949) 717-4322 or visit sidedoorcdm.com.

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Meet Mike Dicken

Mike Dicken embodies much of what makes the Chuck Jones Galleries such a great place to collect art:  he's enthusiastic, he loves to laugh and he's dedicated to making sure everyone he assists builds their perfect collection of art.  As National Sales Director for the Chuck Jones Galleries he guides and works with our art consultants to ensure that all of you receive the same knowledge, energy and attention to detail that he brings to his own collectors. 

We'd like to take a moment to congratulate Mike for completing his second triathlon, the Encinitas Sprint!  Huzzah!  If you've never participated, it requires a tremendous amount of dedication and focus and Mike has worked hard to achieve this awesome personal goal. 

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Mike works out six days a week; two days a week devoted to each of the three parts of the triathlon, swimming, running, biking.  

"Doing any kind of exercise is so great for life.  You have so much more energy, you are thinking clearer.  I can't say enough good things about how it's changed my outlook on life," Mike stated recently when queried about his new found passion.

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You can tell how much he's having just by the photos!  Mike celebrated his 19th year working at the Chuck Jones Galleries in the middle of August and he says he wouldn't trade it for the world, "I love the art, I love working for the Jones/Kausen family, and I love the people I work with; it's a perfect combination."

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Mike has made his home in the San Diego area now for about 10 years.  He's been married to the lovely Jamie for 15 and has two children; Juliette, who's 10 and Spencer, 7, all of whom are the lights of his life.  

Native to southern California, Mike attended Menlo College and worked in his family's video stores for several years before starting at the Chuck Jones Showroom when it was located at Heliotrope and Pacific Coast Hwy. in Corona del Mar. 

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In 1996 Mike and Jamie congratulated Chuck Jones at the Chuck Jones Showroom (by now located at Poinsettia and Pacific Coast Hwy.) on the receipt of his Lifetime Achievement Oscar.  

Mike spends most days at your Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego, drop in (232 Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp District) or give him a call at 888-294-9880 (or email: SanDiego@ChuckJones.com) and extend your congratulations! 

Image of the Day: Salva ‘door’ Dali

At a Special Client Event in the fall of 1996 at the Chuck Jones Gallery in Corona del Mar, Chuck Jones demonstrated his amazing draftsmanship for those assembled by using a Sharpie and drawing directly onto a hanging door a delightful image of his iconic characters, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.  Of course, there was a mad dash to 'red dot' it, but it was not for sale.  You can see it now in its new home at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego

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