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Southern California Chain Restaurants (page 4)

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former Preble's Restaurant
South Pasadena, CA
This Preble's Restaurant now houses the Shaker's Restaurant. Before Shaker's, it was known as the Salt Shaker. Preble's Restaurants were designed by Armet & Davis. I believe there were five in the chain. For more, see this website. [map]

former Preble's Restaurant
Los Angeles, CA
This Preble's Restaurant is now an International House of Pancakes. This location, like that above, still has the original rocks on the roof. However, they are now painted IHOP blue. [map]

former Preble's Restaurant
Alhambra, CA
This Preble's Restaurant has housed the Diner on Main since 2003. [map]

former Van de Kamp's Bakery
Los Angeles, CA
former Van de Kamp's (now Denny's)
Arcadia, CA
2008: 2013:
former Van de Kamp's [gone]
Norwalk, CA

The Van de Kamp's Holland Dutch Bakery was founded around 1930 in Los Angeles. The company's early locations were built in the shape of windmills like this one in downtown Los Angeles. The buildings' design was created by Bissner and Zook. The sign shown above is installed on what was the company's headquarters. The sign is either the original or a replica of what was there originally. The building is now used as a school and for job training. The bakery had a chain of rustic-looking windmill-shaped shops around the L.A. area. The company went on to build restaurants and operated a wholesale business. [map]

The former Van de Kamp's building in Arcadia is one of only two remaining examples of the company's windmill building design. The other example is in Houck, AZ. The building was designed by Harold Bissner, Jr. The folded-plate roof served as a base for a giant windmill. The poured-in-place concrete buildings appear to be circular but actually have 16 sides. The windmills used to rotate both vertically and horizontally. There were plans to build 40 of these buildings by 1970 but I don't know how many were actually built.

The Arcadia restaurant was built in 1967. When Denny's took over the Arcadia building in 2000, the windmill was nearly demolished but saved through public outcry. The roof was painted red around 2013 just before the photo on the right above was taken. In 2016, the windmill was restored and the blades are turning again. [map]

The Norwalk location housed a Norms restaurant in later years. It closed around 2008. The building remained vacant until it was demolished in 2014. There was a location in Buena Park which opened in 1967. It is also gone now.

For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

former Daisy's
San Diego, CA
2010: 2014:

former Daisy's
San Diego, CA

former Daisy's
Oceanside, CA

former Daisy's
Chula Vista, CA

2010:

2014:
These former Daisy's restaurants were part of a chain. Does anyone know more about when the chain was founded and how many locations were built?

The first San Diego building shown above was vacant when the 2010 photo was taken. Previously, it housed the Gourmet Rotisserie. By 2014, the building housed Tokyo Sushi Loha. [first photo thanks Gregory May] [map]

The second San Diego building housed the Village Gym when this photo was taken in 2014. By 2015, the building was housing the UFC gym. The lava rock on the building and on the walls in the landscaping is gone now. [map]

The Oceanside location now houses the China Star restaurant. [map]

The Chula Vista location now houses a Denny's restaurant. Sometime after 2011, the building was repainted and the rocks were removed from the wall near the entrance. [2010 photos thanks Gregory May] [map]

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