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A-Frame Chains & Other Eateries (page 3)

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Woody's Smorgasburger was an early 1960s chain with most of its restaurants located in Southern California. The building was designed by Neil M. Johnson who was based in Los Angeles. The restaurant's name came from the then novel concept of dressing your hamburger at a self-serve condiment bar. There was also a self-serve sundae bar. The last of the chain, located near the Los Angeles International Airport, closed around 1995. Many of the buildings were taken over by the International House of Pancakes chain.

former Woody's Smorgasburger
Sacramento, CA
This Woody's Smorgasburger location opened in 1964. By 1968, it was known as Woody's Steak Ranch Restaurant. The building has been home to Land Park Ski & Sports since at least the early 1980s. It was previously another sporting goods store and a real estate office. For more, see this website. [map]

former Woody's Smorgasburger
Granada Hills, CA
This Woody's Smorgasburger was built in 1963. It is now an International House of Pancakes. [map]

former Woody's Smorgasburger
San Bernardino, CA
2008:

2013:
This Woody's Smorgasburger housed Casa Sanchez in 2008. The building now houses La Costenita Restaurant & Fish Market. In 2013, the restaurant appeared to be closed. By 2016, the building was housing Wan's Burgers. [map]

former Woody's Smorgasburger
Burbank, CA
This Woody's Smorgasburger opened around 1968. It now houses an IHOP. [map]

former Woody's Smorgasburger
Oakland, CA

2008:

2014:
This Woody's Smorgasburger was built in 1964. The building was used as a church at some point. Since at least 2008, the building has housed an unidentified business and there have been lunch trucks parked in the lot. [map]

former Woody's Smorgasburger
Berkeley, CA
This Woody's Smorgasburger was built by 1965. The sign frame came from when this building later housed an IHOP. The building now houses Bacheeso's Restaurant. [map]

More former Woody's Smorgasburgers:
various California locations

Early International House of Pancakes buildings look quite similar to Woody's Smorgasburger buildings. However, the IHOP roof does not dip down in the middle. The IHOP chain was founded in 1958 with the first location opening in Toluca Lake, CA. There are now about 1,400 locations nationwide. However, there is only one (Arlington, VA shown below) still operating in these A-frame buildings. For more, see this website.

International House of Pancakes
Raleigh, NC
former International House of Pancakes
Bakersfield, CA
former International House of Pancakes
Long Beach, CA
This International House of Pancakes in Raleigh was built in 1968 and is an intact example of the company's A-frame building design. These original signs are very rare. In 2013, it was announced that this building would be demolished within two years. A new IHOP will be built nearby. This location closed in 2016. I don't know if there are plans to reuse the building and sign or demolish them. In 2017, the sign panels were gone but the building was still there. For more, see this website. [map]

This former IHOP in Bakersfield housed Clay's Restaurant when this photo was taken in 2012. By 2015, the building was housing Don Pepito's. [map]

This former IHOP in Long Beach has housed the Loaded Kitchen Restaurant since around 2012. [map]

International House of Pancakes
Arlington, VA
This International House of Pancakes is remarkably well-preserved. These photos are from 2010. The building and sign remain as of 2016. [map]

former International House of Pancakes
Las Vegas, NV
This former International House of Pancakes now houses Pepe's Tacos. The ceiling in the interior appears to be original. [map]

former International House of Pancakes
Phoenix, AZ
former International House of Pancakes
Phoenix, AZ
The first former International House of Pancakes shown above has housed Don Jose Mexican Food since 1966. [map]

The second former International House of Pancakes shown above has houses Honey Bear's BBQ since 1998. [map]

former International House of Pancakes
Dallas, TX
This former International House of Pancakes has housed the Family Pancake House since at least 2008. [map]

former International
House of Pancakes [gone]
Eugene, OR
former International House of Pancakes
Baltimore, MD
International House of Pancakes
Santa Fe, NM
The former IHOP in Eugene housed Todd's Place since 2007. In 2015, the restaurant moved to Springfield, OR and this building was demolished.

This former IHOP in Baltimore now houses an Enterprise Rent-A-Car office. [map]

This IHOP in Santa Fe is a modern building, reflecting the local style. As far as I know, this is a unique building for IHOP. Does anyone know of other unusual IHOPs? [map]

former International House of Pancakes
Los Angeles, CA
This former IHOP in Los Angeles has housed the A-Frame restaurant since 2010. For more, see this website. [map]

former International House of Pancakes
Beverly Hills, CA
former International House of Pancakes
Oakland, CA
This former IHOP in Beverly Hills was undergoing renovations when this photo was taken in 2016. It now houses the House of Cravings. The building had been vacant since 2007 when it last housed Ariake Sushi. [map]

This former IHOP in Oakland has housed the New Day Pre School & Learning Center since at least 2011. [map]

former International House of Pancakes
Sacramento, CA
former International House of Pancakes
Spokane Valley, WA
This International House of Pancakes was built in 1963. It closed around 2008. It briefly housed J.R.'s Texas Bar-B-Que and then Chewy's restaurant. Since 2016, the building has housed Taqueria Garibaldi. [map]

This International House of Pancakes was housing Globe Motors in 2007. The building was vacant in 2012. Since 2013, it has housed the Hopped Up Brewing Company. This photo is from 2016. [map]

More former IHOPs:
Denver, CO
Littleton, CO
Spokane, WA
Cudahy, WI

International House of Pancakes
Sacramento, CA
This building was never an A-frame but I'll include it here with the other IHOPs. This building was built as an Eppie's Coffee Shop. It was designed by Armet & Davis and built in 1964. The restaurant closed in 2004. The building remained vacant until 2010 when IHOP opened. The sign was adapted. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Mr. Ed's Liquor Store
Pico Rivera, CA
Lucky Star Chinese
Wilmington, CA
Mr. Ed's Liquor Store was probably always a liquor store but I'll include it here anyway. The building was constructed in 1962. Does anyone know what the original tenant of this building was? [map]

The Lucky Star Chinese restaurant appears to be from the 1960s. Does anyone know what this building housed originally? [map]

Cedar Market
Fresno, CA
T&M Pizza
Coolidge, AZ
The Cedar Market previously housed Kim's Food Market. Earlier, it housed a Subway restaurant. I've been told that this was previously a Kentucky Fried Chicken. If so, that was most likely not the original tenant. Does anyone know more about this building? [map]

This T&M Pizza building doesn't match up with any other A-frame fast food places that I'm familiar with. Mr. Swiss and Griff's buildings did not have spider legs. The building is too small to have been built as a Heap Big Beef or IHOP. It's not a Tastee-Freez design. I'm told that there was originally a BK Root Beer here in the late 1950s. However, BK did not build A-frames. This building must have been constructed after the BK. Although there is a repurposed Dairy Queen sign here, this building was not built as a DQ. Dairy Queen only built A-frames in Florida and they did not have legs. I have also heard that there was a Frog's restaurant here at some point. Does anyone know what business built this A-Frame? [map]

Rocket Restaurant
Pontiac, MI
It appears from the design of the building and sign that this Rocket Restaurant was originally a Winky's, a chain established in 1962 in the Pittsburgh area. However, I believe the locations were only in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. The chain went bankrupt in 1982. Does anyone know if this was always known as the Rocket Restaurant or if there were other locations like this? [map]

Two repurposed Winky's signs survive in Pittsburgh, PA and Ellwood City, PA. A remaining Winky's building in Weirton, WV was remodeled beyond recognition in 2012.

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