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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
2012: 2020:
El Taco
Orange, CA
former 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. I believe it closed in 2013. The building and sign were still there in 2014. By 2016, the building was housing the Caravan Mediterranean restaurant. [map]

The Orange and Anaheim buildings appear to have had double drive-thru windows. Those lanes are blocked off now. The Anaheim location became Taqueria El Primo around 2019 and the El Taco signs were removed. [Orange map]; [Anaheim map]

former El Taco
Costa Mesa, CA
This former El Taco building later housed Taco Jr. Later, it housed Taco Brat. The building now houses Landers Bar & Kitchen. [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. These photos are from 2014. The panels were replaced again around 2021. [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. The buildings shown below were designed in the early 1960s by Armet & Davis for the owner Sam Silver. 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 [gone]
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 last housed L.A. Burger. In 2017, there was an effort to landmark the building to prevent its anticipated demolition. By 2019, the building had been demolished and all that was left was the sign. The new building will incorporate some mid-century modern style details and a simulation of the Orange Julius roofline. [map]

former Orange Julius
Los Angeles, CA
2012: 2020: 2022:
This former Orange Julius was vacant in 2012. I believe it had been vacant for at least several years. In 2019, it began housing the Ktchn sandwich shop. In 2020, it reopened as the Panini Spot. In 2021, it was housing Aaron's Kitchen. In 2022, the building was vacant. For more, see this website. [map]

former Orange Julius
Glendale, CA
former Orange Julius
Gardena, CA
This former Orange Julius in Glendale has housed Faster Donuts since at least 2008. The building has been dramatically remodeled but the adapted sign panel shapes are intact. [map]

This former Orange Julius in Gardena housed Bonello's New York Pizza for many years. The building now houses Gigi's Pizza. [map]

former Orange Julius
Redwood City, CA
former Orange Julius
Orange, CA
This former Orange Julius in Redwood City housed a Yumi Yogurt for many years. It closed in 2019 and the building is currently vacant. The original walk-up area has obviously been walled up now. [map]

This former Orange Julius in Orange now houses Mi Casa. [map]

former Orange Julius
San Diego, CA
2016: 2020:
This former Orange Julius 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 was obscured by a canopy for many years. That was removed in 2019. [map]

former Orange Julius
South Gate, CA
2013: 2020:
This former Orange Julius in South Gate housed Taqueria Los Felix since at least 2007. The building was remodeled in 2015 with a flat roof placed on top of the sawtooth roofline. It now houses Tacos Ensenada. [map]

former Orange Julius
North Hollywood, CA
2013: 2020:
This former Orange Julius housed the Falafel Hut when this photo was taken in 2013. By 2014, the building was housing the El Michoacana #3 restaurant. [map]

former Orange Julius
North Hollywood, CA
former Orange Julius
Woodland Hills, CA
This former Orange Julius in North Hollywood had opened here by 1965. The building housed Crown Chili Burger for many years. It housed Ruby's Shake Shop briefly after that. In 2021, it began housing Andale! [map]

This former Orange Julius in Woodland Hills has housed Tatsuki since at least 2007. The top two sign panel frames are original but the building has been completely remodeled. [map]

former Orange Julius
Downey, CA
2013: 2020:
This former Orange Julius in Downey housed Tacos La Cabanita in 2013. The building has obviously been remodeled considerably but the take-out counter and zig-zag roof under the canopy are still there. The building now houses Stewart & Grub. [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 housed Los Victor's Restaurant when this photo was taken in 2013. In 2020, it began housing La Noria Restaurant. [map]

former Orange Julius
Burbank, CA
former Orange Julius
Sherman Oaks, CA
The former Orange Julius in Burbank has housed the Coffee Commissary since 2013. Before that, the zigzag roof was concealed behind a facade. [map]

The former Orange Julius in Sherman Oaks has been here since at least 1967. The building now houses Angel's Sherman Oaks Flowers. [map]

former Orange Julius
West Covina, CA
former Orange Julius
Dallas, TX
The former Orange Julius in West Covina has housed Classic Burger since at least 2007. The addition to the front of the building conceals the original look. However, the original counter and roof is visible inside. [map]

The former Orange Julius sign has advertised for Aw Shucks since 1983. I assume that the building has been remodeled and that the walk-up window is either gone or hidden. I don't know of any other Orange Julius buildings or signs in Texas. However, I know there were mall locations. [map]

former Orange Julius
Covina, CA
The former Orange Julius has housed Boca del Rio since at least 2007. [map]

More Orange Julius Buildings:
Garden Grove, CA
Sacramento, CA
Reno, NV

More Fast Food Chains:
Dawn Donuts
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
Mister Donut
Pioneer Chicken: 1, 2
Red Barn Restaurants
Sherer's Drive-ins
Stuckey's
Waffle House: 1, 2

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