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California Eateries (page 8)

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Rae's Restaurant
Santa Monica, CA
Rae's Restaurant opened in 1958. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Zucky's Restaurant
Santa Monica, CA
Pancho's Tacos
Santa Monica, CA
Zucky's Restaurant was designed by Weldon J. Fulton and opened in 1954. The restaurant closed in 1993. The building sat empty until 2008 when it reopened as a bank. The rockwork and the sign tower were left intact although the tower itself was originally painted brown not green. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Pancho's Tacos opened in 1977. The restaurant moved to this location around 1999. This building was built in 1958. Does anyone know what business was here originally? This photo is from 2013. In 2015, the building was painted blue and the sign was painted over. [map]

former Penguin Coffee Shop
Santa Monica, CA
The Penguin Coffee Shop was designed by Armet & Davis. It was built in 1959. The sign was originally taller. It had more panels and neon tubing. There was also a different penguin on top of the sign. The restaurant closed around 1990. Since 1991, the building has housed Dr. Beauchamp Western Dental. The sign was adapted. In 2016, the building became vacant. The building is now being removed as a Mel's Drive-in. It is expected to opened in 2017. For more, see this website. [map]

Callahan's Restaurant (now Ingo's Tasty Diner)
Santa Monica, CA

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Callahan's Restaurant opened in 1946 and closed in 2014. In 2015, Ingo's Tasty Diner opened in the space. The neon "Restaurant" sign and terrazzo remains. The counter remains but the stools have been replaced with chairs. The booths have a more modern look. For more, see this website. [map]

The Spinnaker
Sausalito, CA
The Spinnaker restaurant was designed by Don K. Olsen and built in 1960. For more, see this website. [map]

former Parasol Restaurant
Seal Beach, CA

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2015:
The first Parasol Restaurant opened in Torrance, CA in 1961. That building was demolished in 2001 for a Walgreen's. The Parasol Restaurant in Seal Beach opened in 1967. The building was nearly demolished before it reopened as a Mel's Drive-in in 2007. The original sign was adapted and the exterior is pretty much the same. However, the interior was gutted. Mel's closed in 2009. Since 2010, the building has housed a Panera Bread. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. [map]

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