I just did a quick lookup on the Google news archive and found that in 1957, VDK's retail division operated a chain of retail baked goods stores/outlets (224 units), 1 drive-in restaurant (stores and drive-in restaurants unidentified), and 4 coffee shops. The drive in was said to be at the historic bakery and another location on Olive/Victory in Burbank. However, the locations of these coffee shops are somewhat known:
- 6261 Laurel Canyon Blvd south of Victory. A quick location search revealed: Lamplighter Family Restaurant
- Arcadia (as mentioned in the earlier posts) - the landmark Denny's
on "Route 66", Santa Anita and Huntington.http://www.you-are-here.com/modern/windmill.htmlhttp://www.agilitynut.com/eateries/ca4.html
- Across the street from Pasadena City College (Colorado and Bonnie Ave) - Burger Kinghttps://digital.lib.washington.edu/arch ... ures/1435/
This location did not become Dennys, as the only Colorado Blvd Denny's is at Colorado and San Gabriel Blvds. A comment from a Flickr user from a photo of PCC (taken 1986):
"There was also a Van de Kamp's bakery and coffee shop a block east of the college on Colorado, at the southeast corner of Bonnie Avenue. By the 1960s, it had been remodeled and lost its windmill, but in the L.A. Library's online collection I found this old photo dating from about 1950, when the place still had its original design. I think this building was demolished about 1980 and replaced by a Burger King."
The photo mentioned in "Wayaduck"'s quote is found at:http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035282.jpg
- on the "Van De Kampus" - Fletcher and San Fernando (3060 San Fernando Rd). Currently a Denny's
. (not considered a coffee shop)
An authentic artist-produced photo of the Drive-in:http://www.bigkidcollectables.com/servlet/Detail?no=207http://www.stancline.com/catalog/pdffiles/driveins.pdfhttps://digital.lib.washington.edu/arch ... ures/1970/
- Monterey Park/East LA http://laeastside.com/wp-content/upload ... c01029.jpg
Carrows Restaurant on 2271 Atlantic Blvd. This was a Tiny Naylor's and was inducted into Roadside Peek's Hall of Fame
The Drive-in in Burbank:http://digital-library.csun.edu/cdm4/it ... OX=1&REC=9
In the late '60's, General Bakeries (later General Host) acquired the chain. It was sold off in the late '80's.
A couple of 1950-built restaurants here:http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/acc ... atl=google
This is all I found so far. I hope this helps.