In Fullerton, thought of by many as a slice of Pasadena in Orange County, most people passing through probably expect to find the palm trees, the cute small-town character, the artists.
But maybe they wouldn't expect to find banana trees--especially the one sprucing up an old industrial-area cocktail lounge, transforming it into something of a cross between a 1950s-era Polynesian hut, a country-Western watering hole and a modern day sports bar.
Bananas Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge is something of a sight for sore eyes in the midst of a hodgepodge of enterprises on and around Raymond Avenue--including a food processing plant, a paper mill and an assortment of auto shops.
Inside, red-vinyl, half-circle booths welcome visitors to the cocktail area, where there's a jukebox and an evening buffet of hors d'oeuvres. Across the bar, in another room, are three pool tables, a hoop machine and a TV.