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The El Taco chain was established by Glen Bell in 1958. In 1962, after four locations had been built, Bell broke away from his partners and established the Taco Bell chain. The El Taco locations were either built entirely or primarily in California and Arizona. There were plans to build 100 locations but I don't know how many were actually built. If you know of other El Taco locations still in operation with vintage signs or buildings, I'd love to know about them.

former El Taco
Tucson, AZ
El Taco
Orange, CA
El Taco
Anaheim, CA
This Tucson location was built in 1966. I believe this building is the only one with a sawtooth roof. I don't know if there were others built like this. At least 20 locations were built in Tucson. However, this was apparently the only one left. This photo is from 2012. I believe it closed in 2013. The building and sign were still there in 2014. By 2016, the building was housing a Mediterranean restaurant. [map]

The Orange and Anaheim buildings appear to have had double drive-thru windows. Those lanes are blocked off now. [Orange map]; [Anaheim map]

former El Taco
Costa Mesa, CA
This former El Taco building now houses Taco Jr. According to the sign, the place still has the same menu that it did 1958. [map]

former El Taco
Maywood, CA
This former El Taco building has housed the El Indio Azteca restaurant since at least 2007. [map]

El Taco
San Pedro, CA
This El Taco location appears to be more modern. It is also known as El Taco #17. This location has a simple boxy building with a walk-up window and a single drive-thru window on the side. This plastic sign is also not embossed. [map]

There are a couple of locations in Downey, CA but they do not have vintage buildings or signs.

More El Taco Buildings & Signs:
Glendale, AZ [closed; sign removed; building remodeled]
Downey, CA [vintage; gone]

The Orange Julius chain was founded in 1926 as an orange juice stand in Los Angeles. The frothy Orange Julius drink was developed in 1929. I believe the buildings shown here were built in the 1960s. Although none of them still house Orange Julius stands, the brand is very much alive with more than 5,000 locations worldwide. If you know of any other Orange Julius buildings like these, I'd love to hear from you. For more, see this website.

former Orange Julius
Santa Barbara, CA
former Orange Julius
Los Angeles, CA
This former Orange Julius in Santa Barbara has housed La Super-Rica Taqueria since 1980. [map]

This former Orange Julius in Los Angeles was built in 1963. It now houses L.A. Burger. In 2017, there is an effort to landmark the building to prevent its anticipated demolition. [map]

former Orange Julius
Los Angeles, CA
former Orange Julius
Gardena, CA
This former Orange Julius in Los Angeles above was vacant when this photo was taken in 2012. I believe it has been vacant for at least several years. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Orange Julius in Gardena now houses Bonello's New York Pizza. [map]

former Orange Julius
Redwood City, CA
former Orange Julius
San Diego, CA
This former Orange Julius in Redwood City now houses a Yumi Yogurt. The walk-up area has obviously been walled up now. [map]

This former Orange Julius in San Diego has been here since at least the late 1960s. This building has housed La Posta De Acapulco since at least 2007. The front of the building is obscured by a canopy. [map]

former Orange Julius
Orange, CA
former Orange Julius
North Hollywood, CA
This former Orange Julius in Orange now houses Mi Casa. [map]

This former Orange Julius in North Hollywood housed the Falafel Hut when this photo was taken in 2013. By 2014, the building was occupied by the El Michoacana #3 restaurant. [map]

former Orange Julius
Downey, CA
former Orange Julius
South Gate, CA
This former Orange Julius in Downey now houses Tacos La Cabanita. The building has obviously been remodeled considerably but the take-out counter and zig-zag roof under the canopy are still there. [map]

This former Orange Julius in South Gate now houses Taqueria Los Felix. The building was remodeled in 2015 and siding covered up the sawtooth roofline. [map]

former Orange Julius
Monrovia, CA
former Orange Julius
Monrovia, CA
The former Orange Julius in Monrovia shown on the left above now houses Los Chiles Locos. [map]

The former Orange Julius in Monrovia shown on the right now houses Los Victor's Restaurant. [map]

More Fast Food Chains:
Geri's Hamburgers
Gino's Hamburgers: 1, 2
Happy Chef
Horne's
Hot Shoppes Jr.
In-N-Out Burger
Kelly's Jet-System Drive-In: 1, 2, 3 [scan thanks Robby Delius]
Lil' Duffer Burger Barn
Pioneer Chicken: 1, 2
Red Barn Restaurants
Sherer's Drive-ins
Stuckey's
Waffle House: 1, 2

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