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LottaLiving.com • Mystery coffee shop
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Mystery coffee shop

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 10:52 am
by nichols
Any idea where this great little Johnny's Coffee Shop was located?
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THANKS

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:39 am
by Synthetrix
That is a very cool coffee shop. It reminds me a bit of some of the old Biff's restaurants.
I have been watching a lot of old Adam-12 episodes lately and they have some great views of late 60s/early 70s Los Angeles County. They show Biff's in a few episodes.

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:38 am
by nichols
It reminded me of Biff's too. Alan Hess thought it might be a Russell Forester design (he did the earliest Jack in the Box prototype) so I sent it to a bunch of experts in San Diego and no luck. The photo is by Julius Shulman but he can't remember what the project was. ANYBODY KNOW?? How about Allen? Is he around? Allen....

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:23 pm
by 2Tone
That is really neat looking. Does anyone have more pictures?

Maybe Huntington Park??

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:40 pm
by retrocool
My dad told me there was a Johnnie's in Huntington Park. The same owner as Johnie's in Downey. He sold the H.P. location and moved it to Downey. Maybe this is it.

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:56 am
by PaulKaplan
I remember going to a Johnnies in Hawthorne or Torrance I think too many years ago- but this doesn't look familiar.

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:53 pm
by sort77

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:48 am
by nichols
THANKS TO ALL
for the leads. However, just to recap.
It's not Johnie's in Downey
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and it's not Johnie's at Wilshire and Fairfax
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A very similar angle of this same photo in black and white appears unidentified in Sam Hall Kaplan's "L.A. Lost and Found"
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Not H.P.

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:15 pm
by retrocool

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:40 am
by babyblue65bird

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:40 am
by nichols
Wow! intriguing. It really does share some similarities with that place, doesn't it?

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Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:52 am
by nichols
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10220 Topanga Canyon Blvd., built 1964

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:03 am
by nichols
...and whatever it was became "Rob's" in 1968, so from 1964 - 1968 was this joint in Chatsworth Johnie's? The mystery deepens!
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Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:19 pm
by babyblue65bird
Comparing the two, Johnny's is a lot narrower than Rosie's, so it is possible that the flat roof section on the right is an addition. Still, the building next door to the left of Rosies is of about same vintage (and has a pretty nice folded arrow sign itself) and is different from the one in the picture of Johnny's. Now, there's another very similar building out in that end of the valley that currently houses a burger/taco place, and I can't remember if it's on DeSoto, Canoga, or Mason.

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:27 pm
by nichols
It's really close, but I don't think we have a match. This building was built in '64 (SUPER late for this sort of thing) and it became Roy's in '68, so if it was a match it only lasted for four years. Would they have torn out flagstone and done this patterned block along the base? Probably not.
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the glazing is all wrong, but could have been replaced
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The connection between the roof and the supports is really crude
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It DID have the remains of this very nice terrazzo floor, though
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Very interesting...

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:46 pm
by KevinEP

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:54 am
by nichols

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:43 pm
by jmarellano
I discovered another coffee shop exactly like this today driving home from work (and thus causing me to register).

It is currently a mexican restaurant on Monterey Pass Road in Monterey Park.

It has the same roof angle, the same number of panels in the front. Unfortunately, this may not the same as the one in the picture. It doesnt have the rockwork, and the building in the back is not the same (its on a higher ridge).

There was an addition made to the backside, so the front windows and side windows do remain the same.


Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:39 am
by Futura Girl

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:28 am
by deanna b
While I'm reasonably certain it's not our mystery location, the angled front reminds me of the building at Victory and N Clybourn in Burbank () that's now the Blue Ribbon Coin-op Laundry, and an identical building somewhere on Whittier (I think...) that's an Asian cafe of some sort.

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:47 am
by nichols
Does anybody here have "L.A. Lost and Found" by Sam Hall Kaplan? Could you post the black and white daytime version of this image? Maybe it offers more clues. I can't find my copy. THANKS

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:54 am
by nichols
I think the coin laundry in North Hollywood was a chain.. Feel like I've seen that inverted triangle signage before... doesn't feel right
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Yeah! Here in Duarte. I also don't think it's this sushi place at 1723 Huntington Drive either...
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