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Defunct Restaurants ......are these all long gone ?

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just remembering going to these places as a kid ..... are they all gone?

Burger Chef
Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips
Red Onion
Velvet turtle
Po' Folks
Pioneer Chicken
Charlie Browns
Roy Rodgers
Straw Hat Pizza
Pup "n" Taco

and back then "A and W" was the best root beer served in that frosty mug

even if the food wasn't that good the memories are

Pioneer Chicken
4376 W Sunset Blvd-out of business, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Red Onion
736 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

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  1. Farrells is coming back. There are currently ones in SANTA CLARITA and Mission Viejo and a large new one is coming soon to Del Amo Mall in Torrance where Jerry's Deil used to be.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Thanks WM... I wondered if Jerry's would reopen....guess not..... gotta find another source for lox in the South Bay. Funny, I was just there the other week and didn't see anything about farrell's opening up.... is there a sign up? I have great memories of farrell's (when they were in Brea) and we used to have wild birthday parties there.

      I don't think that outdoors extension of the Del Amo Mall can really support any more chain restaurants. I was hoping Market Broiler would've opened up but it looks like they backed out of the area. I would've liked to have another fish option other than the red lobsters (ugh) and the tiny fish grill concepts....

      1. re: DrBruin

        Isn't there a South Bay location of Billy's Deli? Billy's in Glendale had lox. I assume their South Bay location would too.

        Billy's Deli & Cafe
        5160 W 190th St, Torrance, CA 90503

        1. re: DrBruin

          Story about Farrell's Del Amo was in The Daily Breeze with link here:

          1. re: DrBruin

            I cure my own salmon. So easy and so much better than the deli versions!

        2. Farrell's I believe has a location in Santa Clarita and Mission Viejo now, and they've always existed in Hawaii. Velvet Turtle I believe is long gone, as is Straw Hat.

          No A&W's around any more as far as I know - the last one I knew of was on Pico near Factor's Deli if I recall correctly.

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          1. re: HastaLaPasta

            A&W in Santa Ana on Harbor/McFadden

            1. re: ns1

              There is also an A&W on Artesia (?) near the 605. They serve fried cheese curds!!

              1. re: WildSwede

                AW along comboed with a KFC on Beach Blvd near Imperial Hwy in La Habra.

            2. re: HastaLaPasta

              Straw Hat Pizza isn't long gone... http://www.strawhatpizza.com/locations/

              Pioneer Chicken... according to Wikipedia (groan... I know).
              There are 3 remaining locations in the Los Angeles area: 1) 5970 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles (near San Vicente Blvd); 2) 904 S Soto Street, Los Angeles; and 3) 6323 Florence Avenue, Bell Gardens.

              Pioneer Chicken
              5970 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              1. re: HastaLaPasta

                The A&W website lists three outlets in Los Angeles County, including Torrance in addition to the ones below. Most of these are labeled as "multibrand" which I think means they're mall food-court counters that also offer Taco Smell and other fast-food brands.


                A & W Root Beer Drive-Ins
                10951 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650

                Taco Bell & A W
                1000 E Victoria St, Carson, CA 90747

                1. re: maxzook

                  The A&W multibrand I stated is in Orange County.

              2. Sambos is long gone. They were bought out by Godfather Pizza and they are long gone now too.

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                1. re: wienermobile

                  There is one Red Onion left in Rolling Hills.

                  Red Onion
                  736 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    There's a Sambo's in Santa Barbara

                    1. re: monku

                      I didn't know that. Thanks. Gotta get me some of those Tiger Cakes.

                      1. re: monku

                        I didn't know they were still open and allowed to keep that name in this PC era. Ate there back in the '60's. Good food.

                        1. re: mucho gordo

                          Most locations closed long before the PC era.

                    2. There's a Straw Hat in Chino on Central Ave.
                      Charlie Browns is still in Rosemead, I believe.

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                      1. re: heckonwheels

                        Charlie Browns is in Montebello

                        1. re: ipsedixit


                          Wonder if it's part of that defunct chain...They spell it "Charley" not "Charlie".

                      2. Po'Folks is gone. The one in Buena Park is a Starbucks now.

                        There are three Pioneer Chickens left. One is on Soto St, and Whittier Blvd., one is on Florence and Garfield in Bell Gardens, and I think there's still one on Olympic and San Vicente near the north end of Little Ethiopia.

                        Pioneer Chicken
                        5970 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          Yes, those are the three Pioneer Chicken locations still open. The one in Echo Park is now a pizza place and the one on Sunset is or will be a Del Taco.

                          There is an Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips as part of a Nathan's Hot Dogs in Hawthorne:


                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                            The Olympic Pioneers used to regularly put up a fried chicken liver special on the windows whenever I drove by. Pioneers used to be great fast food fried chicken, along with the sides.

                            1. re: Jase

                              Of the three locations still open, I think the Bell Gardens location comes closest to the old taste of Pioneer.

                              1. re: reality check

                                Do you know if they still have those small chicken sandwiches on the dinner rolls? The one that used to be on Sunset/Fountain is closed now. Thanks!

                                1. re: WildSwede

                                  Sorry, I haven't been to a Pioneer Chicken in over three years.

                                  Pioneer Chicken
                                  4376 W Sunset Blvd-out of business, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                              2. re: Jase

                                "The Olympic Pioneers used to regularly put up a fried chicken liver special on the windows whenever I drove by."

                                -- How'd they know you were coming?

                            2. Sorry Folks, but we have removed a number of off topic posts from this thread.

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                              1. According to this thread, Red Onion is alive and well in Rolling Hills. Supposedly the hot new Mexican on Melrose, Red O, is named after the chain (kinda like calling it Acapul).


                                More on Red Onion's history:


                                Red Onion
                                736 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

                                Red O
                                8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                                1. Velvet Turtle is no longer around. However, if you're willing to make the trip there is Wally's Desert Turtle out in Rancho Mirage (near Palm Springs) which is owned by the same family that started Velvet Turtle. It is certainly "fine dining", as in $$$$, but the food is excellent and very old school.