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Coffee Shops Southern California


Caesars Restaurant
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's one of the former Denny's restaurants. Caesar's sports the old familiar Denny's yellow sign with red lettering and the coffee shop modern design.



Twains Restaurant
Studio City, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Twain's Restaurant also sports the old Denny's Restaurant look, complete with boomerang siding.





Mel's Drive-in (formerly Ben Franks)
Hollywood, CA
Photo courtesy Kirk Maillet

Off Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood is a former coffee shop now converted into a Mel's Drive-in. This Mel's location was once a Ben Frank's, which was a famous location that closed down in the mid-1990's. Fortunately, Mel's has maintained the googie structure has been a 24 hour hot spot on its own.

(Far left) The marquee for Mel's Drive-in is lit at night at this Sunset location



Covered Wagon (formerly Van de Kamp's) (Demolished)
Anaheim, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The former Covered Wagon restaurant in Anaheim still exhibited the Van de Kamp's look, minus windmill. This place has been demolished like much of Anaheim's roadside treasures of the mid-century.


UPDATE 12/10 : There is a newish restaurant building now on site at this location which is open for lease. The old Van de Kamp's building is gone. 12-10



Parasol (now Mel's Diner) Closed
Seal Beach, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Parasol Restaurant in Seal Beach is a restaurant that looks like its name. In recent years, there were two Parasol's remaining in the area. However, Dinah's Parasol in Torrance was demolished in the last past couple of years.

See the Roadside Peek Spotlight on the Parasol Restaurant for more information.



Eddy's Restaurant
Hawaiian Gardens
Photo courtesy Herb Halling

Eddy's Restaurant of Hawaiian Gardens looks like an old Spires Restaurant.










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