Leo’s Drive In Restaurant of Santa Maria

Leo's Drive In Restaurant - Santa Maria, California U.S.A. - 1950s

Leo’s Drive In Restaurant – Santa Maria, California U.S.A. – 1950s
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Leo’s sat for many years on the northwest corner of North Broadway (then U.S. Route 101, now California State Route 135) and McElhaney Avenue below Bunny Avenue. It is another part of California’s eating and car culture history that is long gone. The building was razed in the 1990s and replaced with a standard-looking Taco Bell. Parent company Yum Brands then abandoned the location and it became an oddball place called Seafood Express. Today, it is now one of several locations of a local fast food chain called Tortilleria Mexico.

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