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Please note: While some of the locations featured on this map have been advocacy issues for the Conservancy, there is no direct correlation between the map and our advocacy activities.

A location’s inclusion (or omission) on this map does not reflect its status as an advocacy issue for the Conservancy now or in the future. Similarly, this map represents a cross-section of legacy businesses in Los Angeles County and is not an exhaustive list of significant longtime businesses in the region.  

Do you know of a legacy business that you think should be included? Email Rosalind Sagara at rsagara@laconservancy.org and let us know!

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Photo by Maxim Shapovalov.

Formosa Café

This ambitious rehabilitation project revives a glamorous Hollywood landmark to its original splendor and honors its cultural heritage and identity.
Photo by Michael Locke.

Randy's Donuts

Randy’s Donuts is one of Los Angeles’ most iconic landmarks and represents the postwar optimism and whimsy of the city in a way few other places can.
Photo by Marisela Ramirez/L.A. Conservancy.

El Mercado

El Mercado, often known as "El Mercadito" to locals, embodies the traditional Mexican cultural identity of the Eastside.
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Bun 'n Burger

In continuous operation since 1941, the Moderne style Bun 'n Burger is a beloved local destination slinging affordable diner food from morning till night.
Pann's Coffee Shop
Photo from Conservancy archives

Pann's Coffee Shop

One of the last and best of the iconic futuristic coffee shops designed by the prolific firm of Armet & Davis, its traffic island is an oasis of subtropical planting beneath an immense, hovering "tortoise shell" roof.
Photo by Hunter Kerhart.

Norms La Cienega

Among the most exuberant and exaggerated Googie designs in the nation, Norms is a rare remaining example of the California coffee shop type.
Mel's
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Mel's

A great example of Louis Armet and Eldon Davis early Googie designs, showing their use of angled rooflines, dramatic signage, and other space-age elements that would become even more angled and dramatic in their later work.
Photo by Tony Hoffarth on Flickr

Chips

With its exaggerated rooflines, tall windows, and eye-catching signage, this quintessential Googie coffee shop, in continuous operation since its opening, was designed by Taliesin-trained Harry Harrison.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy.

Chez Jay

The nautical-themed steak house and bar with room for only about ten tables opened in 1959.
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Casa de Cadillac

A well-known landmark of San Fernando Valley Modernism, Casa de Cadillac has been showcasing cars continuously since 1949, but only recently has it been restored to its original grandeur.
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Cafetales

One of the finest of Inglewood's storied Mid-Century Modern classics and a stellar example of playful Googie-style coffee shops.
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy.

Bob's Big Boy

This Toluca Lake landmark escaped the wrecking ball, thanks to the Conservancy's Modern Committee.

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