Okay, here's something I need to file under "Missed Opportunities": The Nut Tree in Vacaville. Let me say that I had a gazillion opportunities to visit that place as a kid and teenager. But no, I always went to the other side of the freeway for the stupid Old Navy and Sam & Libby outlets. I can't believe we never even ate there. We passed up the Nut Tree for Lyon's diner? Man, teenagers are dumb! Of course, at that time, modernism and Alexander Girard meant nothing to me. Come on, I was all about The Gap back then. And I'm sure I would have had little appreciation and walked out of there trashing the place thinking, "That place looks soooo old!"
You can read more about The Nut Tree on Reference Library's blog. He did a really nice post about it that made me want to kick myself in the pants for not actually visiting it when I could have. Apparently, they reopened The Nut Tree in 2006, ahem..."bringing it into the 21st century" with Best Buy, Old Navy, Borders, and Jamba Juice. What, no Starbucks??