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Famous Amos Cookies
Los Angeles, CA
former Famous Amos Cookies
Los Angeles, CA
The original Famous Amos Cookies store, shown above left, was built in 1975. The building now houses the Bossa Nova restaurant. The shape of the building is now obscured. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The second former Famous Amos Cookies store shown above is much more intact. It now houses the Coin Connection. I don't know if there were any other freestanding Famous Amos stores like these. I believe both stores were closed by the mid-1980s. [map]

The Hat
Alhambra, CA

The Hat
Temple City, CA
The Hat
Monterey Park, CA
The Hat
Upland, CA
The Hat in Alhambra opened in 1951 and was the original location. This is not the original sign but it appears to be the oldest one left now. The Hat now has ten locations. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [Alhambra map]; [Temple City map]; [Monterey Park map]; [Upland map]

House of Pies
Los Angeles, CA
former Original House of Pies
Santa Monica, CA
former Original House of Pies
Redondo Beach, CA
former Original House of Pies
San Jose, CA
former Original House of Pies
San Diego, CA
former Original House of Pies
Los Angeles, CA
The House of Pies chain was established in 1965 as the Original House of Pies. This location opened in 1969. Around 1986, the company went bankrupt and closed most of its locations. I believe this location and the two in Houston, TX are the only operating locations left. However, many of these buildings are still around and have been adapted for other restaurants and businesses. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The former Original House of Pies in Santa Monica became Polly's Pies in 1978 and adapted the sign. Evidently, the building was originally built for Fast Eddie's which explains why this building looks nothing like the traditional house-shaped buildings. I don't know of any other instances where Original House of Pies occupied a former restaurant building. Polly's Pies closed in 2004 and reopened just a few months later as a Panera. The Original House of Pies sign was adapted again. The sign now revolves. [map]

The former Original House of Pies in Redondo Beach has been remodeled somewhat and now houses an Original House of Pancakes. The sign has also been adapted with a roof added to the house. [map]

The former Original House of Pies in San Jose now houses Kenji Sushi. [map]

The former Original House of Pies in San Diego now houses Lil B's Urban Eatery. The sign has been adapted but still revolves. From the early 1980s until 2011, the building housed Johnny's R. Restaurant. [map]

The former Original House of Pies in Los Angeles now housed Hunan Tasty. [map]

The two still operating locations in Houston, TX are on Kirby Dr. and Westheimer Rd.

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