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

sdv231 Jan 26, 2011 06:10 PM

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. wienermobile RE: sdv231 Jan 26, 2011 06:25 PM

    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
      DrBruin RE: wienermobile Jan 26, 2011 09:59 PM

      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....

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        reality check RE: DrBruin Jan 26, 2011 10:38 PM

        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

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          wienermobile RE: DrBruin Jan 27, 2011 07:28 AM

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

          1. re: DrBruin
            SB foodie RE: DrBruin 2 days ago

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

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          HastaLaPasta RE: sdv231 Jan 26, 2011 06:27 PM

          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
            ns1 RE: HastaLaPasta Jan 26, 2011 06:28 PM

            A&W in Santa Ana on Harbor/McFadden

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              WildSwede RE: ns1 Jan 27, 2011 02:02 PM

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

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                SeaCook RE: WildSwede Jan 28, 2011 10:03 AM

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

            2. re: HastaLaPasta
              DrBruin RE: HastaLaPasta Jan 26, 2011 10:02 PM

              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
                maxzook RE: HastaLaPasta Jan 28, 2011 10:16 AM

                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

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                  SeaCook RE: maxzook Jan 28, 2011 10:22 AM

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

              2. wienermobile RE: sdv231 Jan 26, 2011 06:30 PM

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

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                  wienermobile RE: wienermobile Jan 26, 2011 06:33 PM

                  There is one Red Onion left in Rolling Hills.

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

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                    monku RE: wienermobile Jan 26, 2011 06:53 PM

                    There's a Sambo's in Santa Barbara

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                      wienermobile RE: monku Jan 26, 2011 07:03 PM

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

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                        mucho gordo RE: monku Jan 28, 2011 12:46 PM

                        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.

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                          reality check RE: mucho gordo Jan 28, 2011 05:02 PM

                          Most locations closed long before the PC era.

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                      heckonwheels RE: sdv231 Jan 26, 2011 06:44 PM

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

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                        ipsedixit RE: heckonwheels Jan 26, 2011 06:47 PM

                        Charlie Browns is in Montebello

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                          monku RE: ipsedixit Jan 26, 2011 06:54 PM


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

                      2. Das Ubergeek RE: sdv231 Jan 26, 2011 09:10 PM

                        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
                          reality check RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 26, 2011 09:52 PM

                          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
                            Jase RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 27, 2011 11:59 AM

                            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.

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                              reality check RE: Jase Jan 27, 2011 12:07 PM

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

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                                WildSwede RE: reality check Jan 27, 2011 02:03 PM

                                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!

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                                  reality check RE: WildSwede Jan 27, 2011 03:03 PM

                                  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
                                Muskrat RE: Jase Jan 27, 2011 09:41 PM

                                "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. The Chowhound Team RE: sdv231 Jan 26, 2011 09:52 PM

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

                              Chowhound's mission is to help everybody eat better right now, today. Nostalgia threads are fun, but they usually end up chatty, taking a lot of space and diluting Chowhound's effectiveness.

                              Reporting on which of the old-timer restaurants are still in operation is fine and if there's a special dish or ingredient you remember from an old-timer and would like to know if anyone's currently making it, feel free to go ahead and ask that question. Hot, current chow tips are what make the board thrive and make Chowhound the great resource we all know and love.

                              1. maxzook RE: sdv231 Jan 27, 2011 05:51 AM

                                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

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                                  writerinla RE: sdv231 Jan 27, 2011 11:09 AM

                                  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.

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