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Kona Lanes. Photo by C JepsenGoodbye Kona Lanes
Sadly, Costa Mesa's own Kona Lanes (2699 Harbor Blvd.) was bulldozed this past Summer. This great Tiki/Googie hybrid was designed by Quigley & Clark in the late 1950s. 
Luckily, the big backlit roadside sign was saved and adopted by the fine folks at the National Sign Museum. Also, a few longtime Kona fans managed to save smaller momentos -- like bowling pins. Sadly, a near-super-human effort to save the building's blueprints was thwarted by an earlier-than-expected purging of Kona's offices. 

Johnie's Broiler Still Endangered
Johnie's Broiler, at 7447 Firestone Blvd. in Downey, CA, closed in early 2002 and the parking lot was rented to a used car dealer. Since then, Johnie's has suffered grievous bodily harm - both inside and out. The diesel-y smell of approaching bulldozers is on the wind. But thanks to some enthusiastic preservationists, there's still hope. Visit their website at JohniesBroiler.org.

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