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Giant Coffee Pots (page 1)

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Coffee Pot Restaurant and Colonial Room [gone]
Pennville, IN
Coffee Pot [gone]
Bremen, IN
The Coffee Pot Restaurant, shown in the early 1950s postcard above, featured Kentucky Fried Chicken. Somewhere along the line, it lost the Pot from the roof and eventually the building burned down.

The Bremen Coffee Pot is apparently long gone (this postcard is from 1939). The similarity between this building and the one in Lexington described below make me wonder if this wasn't the original inspiration.

Coffee Pot
Lexington, VA
This Coffee Pot opened as a coffee shop in 1959. It is 22 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter. The initial plans called for a globe on top that would light and percolate. However, this feature was never added. A concrete walkway around the building was painted red to suggest a hot stove. The building was used as a restaurant until 1978 when James River Livery, a canoe rental business, moved in. These photos are from 2007 when the building appeared to be vacant. From around 2010-2012, the building housed the First Catch Fish Market. After that, the building appeared to be used for storage or a residence. By 2017, it was housing Coffee Pot Art, an arts and crafts gift shop. The coffee pot now has steam coming from the spout. [map]

Koffee Pot
Long Beach, CA

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The Koffee Pot was built in 1932 as the Hot Cha Cafe. This giant metal coffee pot was part of the original, octagonal structure. In 2007, the building was used as a barber shop. When these 2008 photos were taken, it was about to reopen as the Koffee Pot. After that, it housed a medical marijuana shop. The building has been vacant since 2010. In 2015, restoration of the building was begun. [map]

Coffee Pot Restaurant
Roanoke, VA
The Coffee Pot Restaurant was built around 1936. [map]

Bob's Java Jive
Tacoma, WA
Bob's Java Jive, a restaurant and lounge, was built in 1929. It was built by Tacoma designer Bert Smyser. The place was originally known as the Coffee Pot Restaurant. The coffee pot is about 25 feet tall. There were originally giant flower pot shaped restrooms outside. In 1955, Bob Radonich bought the place and renamed it the Java Jive after the Ink Spots song.

The Java Jive has been a speakeasy, go-go dance club and the home base for The Ventures (1960s surf sound). Inside, the jungle/driftwood/1960s kitsch theme lives on. There are spray-painted game trophies, fishing floats, and African masks. At one time, two chimpanzees entertained patrons. Bob, the owner, died in 2002 and the place is now run by his daughter. In 2007, the Java Jive was shut down for electrical code violations but it reopened shortly thereafter. The interior was toned down somewhat for fire safety. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Perky's Espresso
Puyallup, WA
former Perky's Espresso
Auburn, WA
former Perky's Espresso
Bonney Lake, WA
former Perky's Espresso
Lakewood, WA
The Perky's Espresso in Puyallup occupies a coffee pot-shaped drive-through coffee stand. It was built around 2000. I believe this was the first location. [map]

The former Perky's Espresso building in Auburn now houses a Cowgirls Espresso stand. For more, see this website. [map]

The former Perky's Espresso in Bonney Lake now houses a Cowgirls Espresso stand. [map]

The former Perky's Espresso location in Lakewood now houses Lady Bug Bikini Espresso. [map]

If you know of any other surviving Perky's buildings, I'd love to hear from you.

Coffee Pot Espresso
Gleed, WA
Bearclaw Coffee
Pinckney, MI
Coffee Pot
Bellefontaine, OH
The Coffee Pot Restaurant was built in 2014. [map]

Bearclaw Coffee now occupies this drive-thru building. The original name was "Coffee Pot". The log siding was added when Bearclaw moved into the building. I don't know if there was ever a handle or spout. Does anyone know when this building was built? [map]

The Coffee Pot in Bellefontaine has been there a long time although no one seems to know how long. It's been there long enough that locals call the place it's situated "Coffee Pot Hill". There was supposedly a restaurant here before the land became the Ohio State Eagles Recreational Park and Campgrounds. The Coffee Pot does not seem to be used for anything although it is in every good shape. There must have been a handle originally. Does any one know more about it? [map]

Coffee Pot
Washington Island, WI
This Coffee Pot was built in 1941 for the Washington Island Girl Scout troop. The girls sold treats from the coffee pot to pay for their cabin. It was built on a steel chassis with wheels so that it could be moved around for special events. The coffee pot itself is made of galvanized steel with two functioning windows and a door. It is painted with Norwegian rosemaling. Later, the coffee pot was used a tourist information booth (vintage photo at left). Visitors were given free coffee. Since 1996 when the Island Welcome Center was built, the coffee pot is purely decorative. It was restored and moved here in 2005. [map]

Coffee Pot
Orangeburg, SC
The Big Coffee Pot
Winston-Salem, NC
The Orangeburg Coffee Pot is installed on the roof of an abandoned restaurant. It appears to be about ten feet tall. It was built for a British couple during World War II. The restaurant was known as the "Coffee Pot". In later years, the building was occupied by an antiques store. It has been vacant for many years now. This photo is from 2009. The Coffee Pot was restored in 2013. For more, see this website. [photo thanks Robby Delius] [map]

The Big Coffee Pot is one of Winston-Salem's oldest landmarks. It was made of metal around 1860 and is believed to be a tinsmith's shop sign. It is about 12 feet tall and displayed on a stand. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Lynn's Paradise Cafe [gone]
Louisville, KY
The former Lynn's Paradise Cafe featured an eight foot tall pouring coffee pot. The sculpture was built in 1994 as a fountain. The coffee pot poured water into the cup. These photos are from 2006. The restaurant closed in 2013. The sculptures were removed around 2016. For more, see this website.