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A-Frame Chains & Other Eateries (page 2)

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GD Burgers
La Puente, CA
The GD Burgers building was built in 1965. It looks a bit like a Mister Swiss. However, the roof slopes too dramatically in back for that. Does anyone know what this building housed originally? [map]

The following A-frame buildings were all based on Burt Richardson's design for the second Foxy's restaurant which was built in Glendale, CA (see below) in 1964. Richardson sold the Foxy's name and rights to the design to the Hyatt Corporation in the late 1960s. Hyatt built a Hyatt Coffee Shop in Northridge, CA in 1966 with supervision from Richardson. That building is gone now. Hyatt then began using the building design for its Lodge Coffee Shops, starting with the "Ski Lodge Coffee Shop" in Goleta (see below) which was built in 1967. Richardson also supervised the construction of that restaurant. Most or all of these Lodge Coffee Shops were built adjacent to Hyatt Chalet Motels. An alternative name and spelling of "Hyatt Coffee Shoppe" may have been used for the buildings which were not located next door to Hyatt Lodges. Most or all of these coffee shops later became Copper Penny restaurants. In addition to the former locations shown below, there were other Lodge Coffee Shops built California (Pasadena, San Leandro, Pico Rivera, Yermo) and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Foxy's Restaurant
San Bernardino, CA
The Foxy's Restaurant chain was started by Burt Richardson. He designed this building and operated it. This was the first Foxy's location. It opened in 1958 and was not an A-frame building. There was a giant fox statue by the entrance. The building now houses Mi Casita Taqueria. [map]

former J's Restaurant [gone]
San Bernardino, CA
The former J's Restaurant was owned by Burt Richardson and Ted Hudson. The front of the building originally had a rocky outcropping like the Foxy's A-frames and others shown below. The building also had a stylized blue jay statue protruding from the rocks. This sign might have been installed later and may have been inspired by those built for the International House of Pancakes chain. I don't know when J's Restaurant opened or closed but it was still operating in the early 1980s. It was built sometime after 1958. Another J's was built in Glendale. When that building was scheduled to be demolished for freeway construction, Richardson built the Foxy's in Glendale to replace that location.

This building in San Bernardino looked like it had been vacant for awhile when these photos were taken in 2014. In 2011, the building still had the rocky outcropping in the front, the diamond-shaped windows, and the chimney. The building's occupant then was Catalina's Coffee Shop. In 2015, the building was repainted and reopened as Lamberto's Mexican Food. In 2017, the building was destroyed in a fire.

Foxy's Restaurant
Glendale, CA
Richardson built two Foxy's Restaurants using this A-frame design. This first location in Glendale was built in 1964 and it is still open. The second A-frame building in Downey (see below) still survives. For more, see this website. [map]

former Foxy's Restaurant
Downey, CA
This Foxy's Restaurant was built in 1967. There was originally a large, stylized fox statue in front of the restaurant. I assume the Glendale location had one as well. This restaurant was later known as the Nordic Fox. The building now houses the Downey Brewing Company. [map]

former Lodge Coffee Shop
Goleta, CA
This former Lodge Coffee Shop was built in 1967 as the "Ski Lodge Coffee Shop." This was Hyatt's first Lodge Coffee Shop. The building now houses Hayashida and Associates Physical Therapy. [map]

Bella Italia [gone]
San Gabriel, CA
Ostioneria Bahia
Mexican & Seafood
Orange, CA
The Bella Italia restaurant was built as a Lodge Coffee Shop. This restaurant closed in 2013 after a fire. It remained closed in 2014. The building was gone by 2016.

The front window of the Ostioneria Bahia Mexican & Seafood is nearly fully concealed behind foliage. This was built as a Lodge Coffee Shop. [map]

former restaurant
Pomona, CA
The Pomona building was built as a Lodge Coffee Shop. The building was vacant when these photos were taken in 2013. It was still vacant in 2015. [map]

former Hyatt Coffee Shoppe
Fremont, CA
This former Hyatt Coffee Shoppe opened in 1969. It became a Copper Penny later on. In the early 1970s, it was renamed the Copper Wheel. The building now houses an Original House of Pancakes. [map]

former Hyatt Coffee Shoppe
Santa Clara, CA
This former Hyatt Coffee Shoppe housed the Kahoo El Camino restaurant when these photos were taken in 2014. Since 2015, the building has housed Chikara. [map]

former Hyatt Coffee Shoppe
Fremont, CA
This former Hyatt Coffee Shoppe was built around 1967. It later became a Copper Penny. The building now houses the Country Way restaurant. [map]

Rosewood Family Restaurant [gone]
Norwalk, CA
Lompoc Restaurant
Lompoc, CA
Mountain Mike's Pizza
Redwood City, CA
This Norwalk building was supposedly built as a Copper Penny. However, that might be misinformation. More than likely, it was originally a Lodge Coffee Shop. It had been the Rosewood since 1977. This photo is from 2013. The building was demolished in 2015. For more, see this website.

This Lompoc Restaurant was built as a Lodge Coffee Shop. The rocky outcropping appears to be taller than some of the other buildings. [map]

Mountain Mike's Pizza was built as a Lodge Coffee Shop around 1969. In 2015, Mountain Mike's moved. This building was still vacant in 2016. [map]

Taqueria Maya's
Sacramento, CA
This Sacramento building must have been built as a Lodge Coffee Shop. It was the Camino Real Restaurant before becoming Taqueria Maya's. [map]

Lodge Coffee Shop
Citrus Heights, CA
I believe this is the only Lodge Coffee Shop still in operation. Although, it is claimed that this building was constructed in 1958 or 1962, that would predate the Richardson design of 1964. I have heard that it was originally known as the "Ski Lodge Coffee Shop" like the location in Goleta above. Therefore, it was probably built in or shortly after 1967. [map]

former Lodge Coffee Shop
San Mateo, CA
This former Lodge Coffee Shop was built in 1968. The building now houses the Little Sichuan Restaurant. This sign appears to be original with updated panels. [map]

The Pantry
San Mateo, CA
The Pantry was built as either a Lodge Coffee Shoppe or a Copper Penny restaurant. Before it was known as The Pantry, it was called the Peninsula Grill. For more, see this website. [map]

Pho Nam Restaurant
Sunnyvale, CA
The Pho Nam Restaurant appears to have been built as either a Hyatt Coffee Shoppe or a Copper Penny restaurant. [map]

The Foxy's design was apparently used for the Village Inn Pizza Parlor buildings shown below. They have the same A-frame style with a pyramid of rock and glass at the front. The most recognizable difference is the shape of the windows. The Village Inn windows are horizontal while the Foxy's/Lodge Coffee Shop windows are set on a diagonal and are diamond-shaped. Does anyone know if Hyatt sold the design rights to Village Inn or what the connection was?

former Village Inn Pizza Parlor
Charleston, SC
This former Village Inn Pizza Parlor housed Kim's Restaurant when this photo was taken in 2007. The roofline is not as steep as the buildings shown below. This photo is from 2007. I believe Kim's closed around 2011. The building was still vacant in 2013. By 2016, the building was housing Ichiban Steak House & Sushi Bar. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

There are other former Village Inn Pizza Parlor buildings with this less-steep design in Falls Church, VA and Springfield, VA.

former Village Inn Pizza Parlor
El Paso, TX
former Village Inn Pizza Parlor
Prescott, AZ
former Village Inn Pizza Parlor
Yuma, AZ
2008: 2012:

former Village Inn Pizza Parlor
Kingman, AZ
These former Village Inn Pizza Parlor locations were part of a chain that was established by 1963.

The El Paso building has housed the Rib Hut since 1984. [map]

The Prescott building now houses Fast Auto Loans. [map]

The Yuma building housed A Bloom'n Florist when the first photo above was taken in 2008. Since 2011, it housed Steiner's European Deli & Market. [map]

The former former Village Inn Pizza Parlor in Kingman now houses the Vanny Inn. [map]

There are at least a few locations in close-to-original condition including these in: Forest City, NC, Statesville, NC, Billings, MT and Helena, MT.

The Pup 'n' Taco chain was established in Pasadena, CA in 1965. The majority of the restaurants were in Southern California. The chain folded in 1984 when Taco Bell purchased its 99 locations. Three locations in Albuquerque and one in Los Angeles survived and went by the name of Pop 'n' Taco. However, these locations have all closed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

former Pup 'n' Taco
Albuquerque, NM
This former Pup 'n' Taco in Albuquerque housed Piggy's Hot Dogs & Hamburgers when these photos were taken. The building housed the La Hacienda Express in 2008. By 2014, the building was housing Speedway Subs & More. By 2015, it was housing Blunt Bros. Coffee. [map]

former Pup 'n' Taco
Albuquerque, NM
This former Pup 'n' Taco was still operating as a Pop 'n' Taco in 2009. It closed around 2011 and has been vacant since then. These photos are from 2012. The building was still vacant and the sign was still there in 2014. However, in 2015, it was announced that the building would be demolished and replaced with a bank. The building and sign were still there in 2016. [map]

former Pup 'n' Taco
Los Angeles, CA
former Pup 'n' Taco
Los Angeles, CA
former Pup 'n' Taco
Westminster, CA
The first former Pup 'n' Taco shown above has housed El Compita since around 2008. [map]

The second former Pup 'n' Taco shown above housed King Burger & Carryout when this photo was taken in 2013. By 2015, the building was housing Philly Steak House. By 2016, the building was housing Pizza 7. [map]

The former Pup 'n' Taco in Westminster has housed an Original Tommy's since at least the 1980s. [map]

former Pup 'n' Taco
Reseda, CA
This former Pup 'n' Taco housed Home Plate Burgers and Fatburger in recent years. The building has been vacant since at least 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

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