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Sit Down Restaurants Northern California


Joe's Fine Food
Daly City, CA
Photo and info courtesy Jason Carlton

Check out this lines on Joe's Restaurant in the Bay Area. The sign and the building of this steak house/supper club really spoke 'Rat Pack' era.


UPDATE 06/06 : This Joe's is located in the Westlake district and is called Westlake Joe's. In the 70's, it was located across from the Westlake shopping center. Many thanks to Karin Weman for update. 06-06



Old Macdonald's Farm
Sacramento, CA
Photo courtesy Susan & Richard Bethel

Here's an old sign that points to the remains of the Old Macdonald's Farm near Sacramento.



Chuck's Restaurant
Placerville, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Here's a nice retro marquee for the Chuck's Restaurant. The different cut out shapes and mix of upper and lower case font make this sign special.



Fine Food
Stockton, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Here's a unique sign for a roadside eatery. The marquee for Fine Food features a thermometer. Hopefully the 62 degrees doesn't reflect the food temperature. This place became the Far East Restaurant.







The Hayward Ranch
Hayward, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Hayward Ranch in Hayward along Mission Boulevard features a cow that looks like a king. An interesting effect to say the least. Not quite sure what the cow is made out of, though he looks rather real in the photo. This place has been around since 1948.


UPDATE 04/05 : I'm not sure if The Ranch in Hayward is still there (author: it is still open). I do know they used to make a wonderful Lobster Thermador. Many thanks to John from Carson City for update. 04-05

UPDATE 05/06 : My husband and I own the Ranch with the King Cow head, as a friend's child calls it. Did you notice that the crown on the bull says "cocktails?" The Ranch has been there since 1947. The sign is vintage, to say the least! It even used to rotate, I'm told. We have a website with more info if you would like to take a "peek." Thanks for including us! www.haywardranch.com. Many thanks to Ranch owners Christine and Chris Sarantakis for update. 05-06



Pine Cone Restaurant
Sebastopol, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Pine Cone Restaurant marquee is somewhat unremarkable, other than its flashback advertisement for fountain services and good food.



Ham Guy
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

This is a photo of a "ham guy." Not sure of the name of this place, but the sign looks great, especially around dinner time. This sign may also look quite interesting at night.











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