BUSINESSES IN
LINCOLN HEIGHTS
Some are gone and forgotten or names changed.


OLD BANK OF ITALY
Corner of North Broadway and Daly St.
1920's
(Named changed to Bank of America in 1928)
Now it's a check cashing place.

Note the streetcar tracks, overhead power wires.
Here is a close up of the bank entrance and traffic light.


NEW BANK OF AMERICA
Architect Drawing Plans
2400 North Broadway
1/15/1976

I guess the architect thought that folks here
always wore suits and drove late model cars back in 1976.

NEW BANK OF AMERICA
Groundbreaking ceremony
1975-76

Person in white suit (second from left) is Arthur K. Snyder.
Mr. Snyder was City Councilman from 1972 to 1985
Others might be B of A executives.
 

Bank photos by Susie.
Thanks!


LORAIN'S CAFE W.W.II MATCHBOOK
1700 Daly St.
Now the 5 North fwy is over this location.


SALON MEXICO - 3220 N. BROADWAY


WENZ MORTUARY -  2730 N. BROADWAY
CApitol 0438
Now it's the Chung Wah Funeral Home

Hi Javier,
I was so excited to find your web site.  How did you get pictures of all those wonderful old artifacts?  My mother is the little girl holding the umbrella in the ad for Wenz Mortuary.  Her name is Marion Josephine Wenz Di Stefano.  She is the last surviving Wenz child.  There were five children, two girls and three boys.  She met my father on the streetcar coming home from USC.  He was a graduate of Lincoln High School.  They were married at Sacred Heart Church in 1946.  You can imagine the joy your site has brought to my mother!  She is now 79 years old, and was seven when the the statue was cast.  Sometimes we still ride through Lincoln Heights on our way to Philippe's.
Thank you,
Donna Di Stefano

Another Lincoln Heights connection made!  javier  6/12/06
Thanks Donna and Marion

When was the Wenz statue moved over to Mirabal Mortuary at 2814 N. Broadway?


Lincoln Heights Smoke Shop - 2210 N. BROADWAY


(For the El Sereno community)

McDonnell's at the old wooden bridge
4700 Huntington Drive
A mile from the end of North Broadway at the top of the hill
"Check out the prices, nothing over $1.25"


SAMBO'S RESTAURANT
1407 North Mission Road
This location would be above the railroad tracks by Mission Rd. and Eastlake Ave.

Remember those fantastic Sambo’s Restaurants of the 60s and 70s?
 How many of us enjoyed those mouth-watering pancakes, with “tiger butter”
or with bacon and eggs, and those other favorites like steak, chicken and burgers?


 

Sambo's Restaurants Inc., will open a $250,000 unit Wednesday at 1407 Mission Rd, the 18th of the Santa Barbara based chain in Southern California.
The 4,500-square-foot restaurant was built by Strauss Construction Co., will seat 150 people and have banquet facilities for 75. Sam D. Battistone is president of Sambo's.
The Mission Rd. unit will be managed by Joseph D. Carlin, who is part owner of the facility under the terms of Sambo's owner manager program. Los Angeles Times 3/16/1969
Some History
Sambo's is a restaurant, formerly an American restaurant chain, started in 1957 by Sam Battistone and Newell Bohnett. Though the name was taken from portions of the names of its founders, the chain soon found itself associated with The Story of Little Black Sambo. Battistone and Bohnett capitalized on the coincidence by decorating the walls of the restaurants with scenes from the book, including a dark-skinned boy and tigers. By the early 1970s, the illustrations depicted a light-skinned boy wearing a jeweled Indian-style turban with the tigers. A kids club, Sambo's Tiger Tamers (later called the Tiger Club), promoted the chain's family image.

By 1979, Sambo's had 1,200 outlets in 47 U.S. states. However in the late seventies controversy over the chain's name drew protests and lawsuits in communities that viewed the term Sambo as a pejorative towards African-Americans, particularly in Northeast states. Several of the restaurants were opened as or renamed to "The Jolly Tiger" in locations where the local community passed resolutions forbidding the use of the original name or refused to grant the chain permits. In March 1981, in a further attempt to give the chain a new image the company again renamed some locations, this time to "No Place Like Sam's". By November 1981, the company filed for bankruptcy. Neither the name change nor bankruptcy protection reversed the downward trend, and in 1982 all but the original Sambo's at 216 West Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara, California, closed their doors.

In its last days as a chain, Sambo's was sued by Dr Pepper for plagiarizing the latter's popular television commercial in a spot Sambo's ran to promote its new senior citizen discount program. Sambo's was also sued by non-white employees and applicants who were alleging discrimination in hiring and advancement.

Battistone's grandson, restaurateur Chad Stevens, owns the only remaining Sambo's. He expresses a desire to revive the chain.

While there is a "Lil' Sambo's" restaurant in Lincoln City, Oregon, it was never part of the Sambo's chain.

Battistone is also the original owner of the New Orleans Jazz in the NBA.
He later moved the team to Utah and sold it.
Source:Wikipedia


 

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