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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]

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:
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]

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 following buildings have a similar design to the Village Inn Pizza Parlor buildings shown above. They have the same A-frame style with a pyramid of rock and glass front. However, the most recognizable difference is the shape of the windows. The Village Inn windows are horizontal while the other buildings' windows are set on a diagonal and diamond-shaped. I don't know if there was any connection between any of these restaurants or the designer. Hyatt's Lodge Coffee Shoppes (most or all of which became Copper Penny restaurants in 1969) look identical in design to Foxy's Restaurants (see below). The Lodge Coffee Shoppes were designed by Robert M. Ridgley.

Foxy's Restaurant
San Bernardino, CA
The Foxy's Restaurant chain was started by Ted Hudson and John Coulis. This was the first 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]

Foxy's Restaurant
Glendale, CA
There were two other Foxy's Restaurants (see the one in Downey below). This location in Glendale is still open. It was built in 1964 and was the first of the two A-frame buildings. For more, see this website. [map]

former Foxy's Restaurant
Downey, CA
This Foxy's Restaurant was built in 1967. It was later known as the Nordic Fox. The building now houses the Downey Brewing Company. [map]

The buildings shown below were built as Lodge Coffee Shops unless otherwise noted. The Hyatt Lodge Coffee Shop chain was established around 1963. They were built next door to Hyatt Lodges.

Bella Italia [gone]
San Gabriel, CA
Ostioneria Bahia
Mexican & Seafood
Orange, CA
The Bella Italia restaurant shared the same diamond-shaped windows as the Foxy's Restaurants shown above. There was also the same rock outcropping below them and roof style. 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. [map]

former restaurant
Pomona, CA
The Pomona building was vacant when these photos were taken in 2013. It was still vacant in 2015. The chimney in front of the windows is the same style as to Foxy's Restaurants shown above. [map]

former J's Restaurant
San Bernardino, CA
The former J's Restaurant was owned by Burt Richardson, Ted Hudson, and John Coulis. The sign may have been inspired by International House of Pancakes. I don't know when J's Restaurant opened or closed but it was still operating in the early 1980s. The building 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. [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 definitely built as a Lodge Coffee Shop. The rocky outcropping appears to be taller than some of these buildings. This is another reason to believe that the Pomona building shown above was part of the chain. [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
I believe this Sacramento building was built as a Lodge Coffee Shop. It was the Camino Real Restaurant before becoming Taqueria Maya's. [map]

former Lodge Coffee Shop
Goleta, CA
This former Lodge Coffee Shop was built in 1967. The building now houses Hayashida and Associates Physical Therapy. [map]

Lodge Coffee Shop
Citrus Heights, CA
I believe this is the only Lodge Coffee Shop still in operation. It was built in 1958. [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 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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