The big revolving sign outside Johnny's R Restaurant at 2611 El Cajon Boulevard has stopped spinning. The inexpensive family restaurant, originated by Johnny Raizian, had a run of more than 30 years in North Park. Raizian died on April 26, 2011.
In recent months, the restaurant has not been busy. From reading a number of reviews at yelp.com, customers of late said the service was still good but the food quality had gone downhill.
While I was taking photos on June 19, property owner Manny Hagopian happened to come by. Hogopian said he will be leasing the property, not selling it (due to the depressed real estate market). He said he'd had some interest already from potential lessees.
The restaurant site is located on a street dotted with eateries. Denny's is a block west, while across the street are Taco Bell and Coco's Bakery Restaurant. San Diego Chicken Pie Shop is just east of Johnny's R. Further east on El Cajon Boulevard are several fast-food outlets.