Sanders-Themed Art Show Fills Former Los Angeles Diner

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Johnie’s Coffee Shop Restaurant in Los Angeles in 2015.

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LOS ANGELES — Johnie’s Coffee Shop Restaurant, the famous vacant, slant-roof, Googie-style former diner on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue here, is in the middle of a temporary makeover as a Bernie Sanders-themed media installation.

“We view this as an art piece,” said Howard Gold, who was busy on Wednesday afternoon painting and fixing at the former diner. It closed in 2000, but it is still available for film shoots.

The idea, said Mr. Gold, whose family owns the property, is to deck the place in Sanders murals, posters and diner-style logos — the Bernie…

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