There was a Mel's Drive In Restaurant at 1701 San Pablo from 1954/55 until the 1970s, in a streamlined (or "expressionistic moderne") building designed by William B. David, an architect who was best known for designing art deco theaters. 1 2 The building is still there, and is currently home to a hair salon (Liz and Co. Hair Salon) and other businesses.
According to people on the Oakland History group on Facebook, other businesses have included: medical equipment and supplies, tool rentals, and cannabis dispensary (c.2006-2008). 3
c.1963, the Selective Service Induction Center was nearby, and they would give you a chit for lunch at Mel's. 3
Links and References
- An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area, Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny
- Polk's Oakland city directory, 1967
- Oakland History group on Facebook