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Neon Eateries Southern California

 

La Frite
Sherman Oaks, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Check out this neon shot of the neon chef at the La Frite Restaurant in Sherman Oaks. The restaurant opened its doors in 1972 as a cafe named Yellowfingers. The restaurant was renamed La Frite in the 1970's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mel's Drive-in (formerly Kerry's Coffee Shop)
Sherman Oaks, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Mel's Drive-in is a vintage coffee shop, well decked out neon. This diner, located along busy Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, was formerly called Kerry's Coffee Shop back in the day. Kerry's was built in 1953 and designed by Armet & Davis.

 

UPDATE 01/07 : Here are more shots of Mel's Drive-in. Many thanks to Richard Weiss for update. 01-07

 

Mel's Drive-in
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

(Far right) Mel's Drive-in front facade

(Near right) A shot of Mel's from across the street

 

 

Millie Riera's Sea Food Grotto
Redondo Beach, CA
Photo courtesy Dan MacPherson

Welcome to Millie Riera's Sea Food Grotto and its famous neon sign. Hungry? Well, you may wish to check out the other dining establishments in the area as the restaurant that used to be represented by this fine marquee is history. It appears that this restaurant closed down back in the late 1990's.

Not sure what the current status is on this sign. 10-05

 

 

Eldorado Restaurant
Long Beach, CA
Photo courtesy Greg Wranic

The neon lights up in the parking lot of the Eldorado Restaurant in Long Beach. 10-05

 

 

 

 

Doll Hut
Anaheim, CA
Photo courtesy Steve Snyder

Check out the neon on the marquee that sits outside the door of the Doll Hut in Anaheim. This neon sign is a familiar sight in the area and has thus far withstood the test of time and Anaheim's rampant signage makeover efforts. The Doll Hut has been around since the 1910's and once served as the truck stop between LA and San Diego. These day, the Doll Hut features up and coming bands in its lineup. 11-05

Doll Hut
Photo courtesy Bill Herzog

 

UPDATE 05/08 : The Doll Hut is still rockin' in Orange County, CA. Many thanks to Bill Herzog for update and photo. 05-08

 

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