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Coffee Shops Southern California


Carolina Pines Jr. (Demolished
North Hollywood, CA
Postcard courtesy Chris Nichols

Welcome to Carolina Pines Jr. in North Hollywood, known for its 24 hour coffee shop experience and enclosed patio. The Carolina Pines Jr. was another of the googie coffee shops that was popular in Southern California in the mid-century. This coffee shop was open betwen 1952 until the early 1960's when it became a Copper Penny coffee shop.



Santa Monica, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Check out this distinct looking Denny's restaurant on Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica. While the building is different from the boomerang styled Denny's restaurants that were popular in the mid-century, this location still features a distinct coffee shop architecture look.



Farmer's Restaurant (formerly Sheri's Restaurant)
Inglewood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Near the Great Western Forum is this googie coffee shop called Farmer's Restaurant. Formerly known as Sheri's Restaurant, when it was designed by Martin Stern Jr. and built in 1958, the place is now a nightclub.



King Taco (Remodeled to Yoshinoya and former Norm's)
Long Beach, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

If you travel along Long Beach Blvd. and think you're running across a Norm's only to realize it's a King Taco, you are not alone. This former Norm's location was designed by Armet, Davis, Newlove.



Rae's Restaurant
Santa Monica, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's Rae's Restaurant with it familiar green, white, and red paint scheme. Rae's opened in 1958.




Tiny Naylor's (Remodeled and formerly Van de Kamp's)
Monterey Park, CA
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Here's an intact Van de Kamp's Restaurant located in Monterey Park while it was a Tiny Naylor's. Well, at least it used to be. The windmill is gone and the building has been completely remodeled and is home to a Carrow's Restaurant.



George's 50's Diner (formerly Grisenger's Drive-in)
Long Beach, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This old diner and coffee shop rarely lights up at night these days. However, some days it's still a hangout for the local car clubs.

George's 50's Diner originally opened its doors as Grisinger's Drive-in in 1950. Grisenger's was designed by the late Wayne McAllister and was declared a Long Beach Historic Landmark in 2004.



Denny's (Remodeled)
Arcadia, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Check out this Denny's in Arcadia. Built in 1967, this location was formerly one of the Van de Kamp's Bakeries and restaurants that used to dot the Southland. Although this Denny's received the trimming to make it into a diner, the windmill is still left intact.











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