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Flying Bridge Restaurant
Oceanside, CA
The Flying Bridge Restaurant was built in 1956 as Coffee Dan's. There were other Coffee Dan's locations in Southern California, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Albuquerque. Originally, the Flying Bridge Room was the cocktail lounge area of Coffee Dan's. Later, the name of the entire establishment was changed to the Flying Bridge. The restaurant closed in 2008 and it has been vacant since then. There were plans to demolish the restaurant and adjacent motel for a new Hyatt Hotel. However, that deal fell through and, in 2013, a new owner signed a ten year lease. As of 2015, the building stills remains vacant. The Guesthouse Inn is now known as the Rodeway Inn. [map]

Elmer's Restaurant
Palm Springs, CA
The first Elmer's Restaurant opened in Portland, OR in 1960. There are now 24 locations in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. This is the only location in California. The building appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s -- or at least built in that style. I don't know if there was another restaurant here originally. [map]

former O'Neill's Streamline Diner
Perris, CA
O'Neill's Streamline Diner was originally located north of Perris. The main section of the restaurant was built from a 1906 Santa Fe passenger car. The nose was added to make it look like a 1930s Union Pacific passenger train. It closed in 1943 and was moved further south. In 1948, it reopened as the Liberty Bell Cafe. That restaurant closed in 1982. In 1987, the building was moved to the Orange Empire Railway Museum where it is located today. [map]

Dal Rae Restaurant
Pico Rivera, CA

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The Dal Rae Restaurant opened in 1958. In 2014, the neon letters on the tall sign was replaced with backlit plastic. The smaller parking sign was replaced with a new one with a backlit plastic panel. There was another Dal Rae downtown location which opened in 1951. That location closed in 1968. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

former Mission Family Restaurant
Pomona, CA
The Mission Family Restaurant was built as the Hull House Restaurant in 1958. It became the Mission Family Restaurant in 1971. The restaurant closed in 2013. The property was fenced off in 2014-2015 in preparation for bulldozing. The fencing was gone in 2016 and it sounds like the building will be spared. [map]

Magic Lamp Inn
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
The Magic Lamp Inn opened as a steak house in 1955. These signs are from then. An actual flame comes out of the lamp's spout at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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