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Jan 26, 2011 06:10 PM

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

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!

            1. re: DrBruin

              I know there is a Pioneer on Olympic near Fairfax. Unfortunately, there is still a Jerry's in Marina Del Rey I think.

          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...

                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. re: HastaLaPasta

                    There is an A&W combined with a KFC on Beach Blvd. in La Habra.

                  3. 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: 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: ipsedixit


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

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