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Sit Down Restaurants Southern California


Leon's Steak House (Demolished)
North Hollywood, CA
Photo and info courtesy Adriene Biondo

Leon's Steak House is in full swing with big band and karaoke nights in North Hollywood. Located on the corner of Victory Boulevard and Vineland Avenue, Leon's was opened by Leon Grown in 1945. Over the years, Leon's has served hungry patrons from the nearby aerospace plants, including Lockheed.


UPDATE 03/03: Leon's Steak House has been serving prime rib and cocktails since 1945. Scheduled to close when the lease expires July 31, 2003 to be replaced by a CVS Pharmacy. 03-03



James Restaurant
San Fernando, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Here's a shot of the James Restaurant in San Fernando which dates back to 1953. This towering marquee features a rather rotund chef grinning at the roadside travelers.



Four 'n 20 Restaurant
Studio City, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Check out this 70's era Four 'n 20 Restaurant that appears to have survived relative unchanged thus far.



Shrimp Boat (Demolished)
Temple City, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Hungry for some sea food and shrimp? Well, if you're in the San Gabriel Valley stop by the Shrimp Boat off Rosemead Boulevard in Temple City. Oh wait, this place was torn down and replaced by an Easy Lube! Never mind. Another San Gabriel favorite has disappeared from the roadside landscape.



Canter's Restaurant
Los Angeles, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo


Check out these shots of Canter's Restaurant in the Fairfax District. The neon is great, including the image of the chef holding the foot long sandwich.

Opening its doors in 1931 in Boyle Heights, before moving to this location in 1948, Canter's has been in business for over 80 years and has been frequently by many celebrities.



Glide'er (Remodeled)
Seal Beach, CA
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

The Glide'er Inn in Seal Beach features a nice neon fish on its marquee. Even better, a glider hangs over the restaurant roof.

Well, just like many great neon signs, the Glide'er Inn marquee was recently removed and is now history.











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