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Coffee Shops Central California


J's Coffee Shop (Closed)
Delano, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Welcome to J's Coffee Shop and stop in for some hot coffee. Wait, where is J's you may ask? Hmm... there's the marquee but no one's home. The marquee of J's still sits along the old highway, still advertising the ghost of a roadside eatery in Delano, California.


J's Coffee Shop
Delano, CA
Photo courtesy John King


UPDATE 10/10 : Here's a close-up shot of the J's Coffee Shop marquee, still standing in the empty lot off Highway 99. Many thanks to John King for photo update. 10-10



Bob's Big Boy (Demolished)
Fresno, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This Bob's Big Boy location in Fresno is a good example of the Bob's Big Boy's that were in built in the ranch style look towards the mid to latter part of the last century.


UPDATE 09/10 : Bob's Big Boy in Fresno, CA, closed in September of 2005. I was really sorry to see it go. Many years ago, as a kid I actually saw Ronald Reagan, Johnny Weissmuller, and Zsa Zsa Gabor in there, although not at the same time. I was with my grandmother and step-grandfather and they told me they were there and who they were. When I was older and remembered seeing them there, I couldn't figure out why they went to Bob's Big Boy. I didn't realize it was a franchise, with restaurants in Southern California; I thought it was a local thing. Now it kind of makes sense. Many thanks to Patti Elde for update. 09-10

UPDATE 08/13 : The Bob's Big Boy location is now home to the Best Plaza Shopping Center and it appears a Taco Bell occupies the area where the sign used to be. 08-13



Lauck's Restaurant (Remodeled)
Visalia, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's Lauck's Restaurant, located just off the main drag in Visalia. One of the last with the coffee architecture of yesteryear in the area, Lauck's closed down a few years ago and has been remodeled into a nondescript building. 12-06



Country Waffles (Former Bob's Big Boy)
Madera, CA
Photo and info courtesy John Flores

This was originally a Bob's Big Boy in Madera California that was of the ranch design of the 70s . It later on changed to Eppies in the 80s and is now a Country Waffles today. 07-07






Farmer John's Pancake House (Demolished)
Bakersfield, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Farmer John's Pancake House was a staple in the Bakersfield area for good lunch and breakfast for many years. With its pronounced roadside sign standing prominently off of the old Route 99, this restaurant was a familiar sight to see for travelers for many years.

For more about this roadside treasure, check out Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures profile on the Farmer John's Pancake House. 12-08











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