Hayward & San Leandro Signs

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Hayward Ranch [gone]
Hayward, CA
The Hayward Ranch opened in 1948. This sign is probably from the late 1950s or 1960s. It features a three-dimensional steer head on one side and a plastic panel with a cocktail glass on the other. In 2019, it was announced that the restaurant would be closing. In 2020, the sign was sold and removed. For more, see this website.

Holiday Bowl [gone]
Hayward, CA
Holiday House
Banquet Room [gone]
Hayward, CA
The Holiday Bowl opened in 1958. The Holiday House banquet room was added in 1965. The Holiday Bowl closed in 2005. In 2020, the Holiday Bowl sign was removed. It is now in a private collection. The building and the Holiday House sign were demolished. For more, see this website.

Fishery [gone]
Hayward, CA
Emil Villa's
Hayward, CA
Emil Villa's
San Leandro, CA
>The Hayward Fishery opened in 1942 and this sign was installed then. It was designed by the business owner, Gus Aguiar, and built for $1,500. The sign was sequentially animated with the small fish descending into the mouth of the big fish at the bottom. Initially, the business was a grocery store, fish market, and bait shop. It didn't become a restaurant until the late 1970s. By the late 1960s, the sign was only partially lit. The sign was turned off around 1970 after it caught fire. In 1980, the owners decided to remodel the restaurant and have the sign restored. As is the case with most cities, vintage signs cannot be removed and reinstalled. The Hayward sign was repaired and repainted in place for $3,500. The sign's animation was not permitted by the city. The restaurant closed in 2005. It reopened that same year as Art's Crab Shack. Art's added their own sign and had the Fishery sign restored. It featured yellow, pink, green, and white neon. Art's closed just a few years later. The building has remained vacant since then. In 2019, the sign was removed. It is now in a private collection. For more, see this website.

The Emil Villa's restaurant chain was established in Oakland, CA in 1928. At one time, there were eight Bay Area locations. In 1998, the company went bankrupt and the locations became independently operated. The Hayward location opened in the 1940s. It is now known as Emil Villa's California Barbecue. In 2016, the neon was removed and the plastic panels were installed. [map]

The neon on the San Leandro sign has been replaced with LED tubing. I believe that took place just before this photo was taken in 2014. That location is now called Emil Villa's Hickory Pit. [map]

Shasta Beverages
Hayward, CA
2008: 2020:
Shasta Beverages was founded in 1889 as the Mt. Shasta Mineral Springs Company. The company's production and headquarters are based in Hayward. This sign looks like it might have been installed in the 1950s or 1960s. By 2018, the sign's neon had been replaced with LED tubing and the "Beverages" neon was replaced with backlit plastic. There was also a giant soda can sign here. For more, see this website. [map]

More Hayward Signs:
Caspers Famous Hot Dogs
Curly's Place [map]
Mister Donut

Eden Center
San Leandro, CA
Pelton Plaza
San Leandro, CA
Cal West Motors
San Leandro, CA
The Eden Center shopping center sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2014. Around 2015, the neon was removed. The letters are all backlit plastic now and the accents are done with LED rope. [map]

The Pelton Plaza shopping center was built in 1948. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Cal West Motors has only been in San Leandro since 1981. This sign must have been built then or adapted from another business. [map]

Trailer Haven
San Leandro, CA
Trailer Haven is an RV park campground. The business was established in 1937 but I believe this sign is modern. [map]

Palma Plaza
San Leandro, CA
The Palma Plaza shopping center opened in the late 1950s. The buildings were destroyed by fires in 2000 and 2001. This sign was spared. According to one source, the sign was mistakenly torn down and had to be rebuilt. For more, see this website. [map]

Tip Top Tavern
San Leandro, CA
Pagano's [gone]
San Leandro, CA
Manor Shopping
Center [gone]
San Leandro, CA
The Tip Top Tavern sign appears to be from the 1960s. This photo is from 2014. By 2016, the sign was painted black. By 2019, the sign was painted blue and brown. The bulbs and neon were gone. [map]

The Pagano's sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. Around 2022, the neon was stripped from the sign and it was repainted for another business. For more, see this website.

The Manor Shopping Center was built in the early 1950s and this sign is from then. The neon was restored in 2013. This photo is from 2018. In 2021, the sign was toppled by winds and removed.

Schelly's Bar
San Leandro, CA
Schelly's Bar is now known as Ryan's Pub but this sign remains. The sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Ernie's Sea Food [gone]
San Leandro, CA


Ernie's Sea Food opened in 1953 and this sign appeared to be from then. There was more neon on the side of the building. That was replaced by backlit plastic letters around 2010. The backlit plastic sign on the building shown on the lower right above is probably from the 1960s. Ernie's closed around 2020 and the signs were removed. For more, see this website.

More San Leandro Signs:
Fifth Wheel Food
Paradise Trailer Court
Pee Wee's Pizza

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