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Chez Jay photo
Photo courtesy Jay Fiondella Family Trust

Chez Jay

Chez Jay opened in 1959 as a nautical-themed steak house and bar on a small scale, with room for only about ten tables. It quickly became a popular spot for celebrities, as longtime owner Jay Fiondella banned cameras and autograph seekers.

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 from Tom Gardner Collection/Conservancy archives

The Donut Hole

This La Puente icon is one of SoCal's best examples of Programmatic architecture.