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EZ's Restaurant (formerly Kip's Big Boy) Demolished 2005


This is EZ's, formerly located on Northwest Highway just west of Hillcrest, in Dallas Texas. This building was formerly a Kip's Big Boy restaurant. I don't know what the build date of this building is. This is a standard design used by the Big Boy restaurant chain. The California based Architect firm Armet & Davis designed this building. Armet & Davis was probably the source of more "Googie" architecture than any other firm. You can see a picture of the Kip's sign below. The picture of the sign was taken around 1989. Unfortunately, I didn't take any picture of the restaurant before it was redecorated. EZ's did a good job when they remodeled the place. It's obvious that there was an appreciation of the design of the building when they did the job.


This is the Kip's sign as it appeared in 1989. The white wraparound argon tubes around the circular part of the sign is classic signwork! In the western U.S. the "Big Boy" restaurants were "Bob's Big Boy." I remember seeing only Kip's around the Dallas area.
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The front of the building as viewed form the southeast. An arched roof suspended in space by four stone pillars and a stone entry. Very cool!


This is the east side of the building. The west end of the building had the gold colored sun shades but the circular-octagon fillers that make up the insides of them have fallen out. The east side sunshades have remained intact. Most likely due to the west side sunshades being cooked by the hot Texas sunsets. I guess the adhesive didn't hold up as well on the west side. Just look at the curve in the roof! The huge glass windows seem to disappear into the structure at the top. I don't believe that the cone-shaped light fixture visible through the window is original. I think the original fixtures were replaced with the cone-shaped fixtures when the building was remodeled by EZ's.


Here is the main dining area as viewed from the front door. The entrance is to the immediate right in the picture. The Kip's did have a counter like this but I'm not sure if this is the original. I don't think it is. I only ate here one time when it was Kip's. I can't remember the layout of the place while it was Kip's. The ceiling is painted blue but still has the original ceiling tiles. The huge round air conditioning outlets were replaced with square outlets. The roof just seems to float in mid air. Serious gravity defying architecture here, a standard of the Googie style!


This picture was taken looking out the west side windows from the entrance. You can see the sunshade frames out of the windows. The sunshade blocks fell out of the frames. The EZ's folks have maintained the trees outside these windows to shade that wicked Texas sun. You can just make out in the picture that the stone pillar is about 2 feet inside from the corner of the windows. The huge glass sheets come together edge to edge in the corner. The standard thing to do would have been to put the pillar in the corner but the architect had the idea to move the thing in a few feet to bring out the effect of the huge windows by joining the bare sheets of glass in the corner. The corner is the same at the other end of the building. Excellent!


This picture was taken looking up from the counter. The yellow overhang is original Kip's as are the triangular light fixtures. The triangular fixtures are underneath the whole length of the front part of the overhang. This overhand wraps around into the rear dining room. See photo below.


Here is the rear dining room. Here you can see the yellow overhang wrapping around the corner. There is recessed lighting above the overhang. The ceiling in this room isn't part of the big curved front roof. The architect carried the edge of the curved roof into this dining room. You can see the edge of it where the blue ceiling comes down at the top left of the picture. It looks much better when you are actually inside the building. It's kind of difficult to tell from this picture.


This photo was taken looking out the rear east dining room window.


Here is the west side of the building. The 2 rear sunshades were still intact when this was taken. I think the blocks have since fallen out of them. Notice the square block masonry with alternating blocks protruding giving the wall a checkerboard look.