HRB gives blessing to proposed renovation of historic gas station


Dr. Mark and Melissa Hendrix on Tuesday received permission from the city’s Historic Review Board to tear down a portion of this old filling station at the corner of Second and Willow streets and build a two-bedroom home. The plan is to save the front facade and pillars in an effort to preserve its original look. Photo by Jenny McNeece

From the Vincennes (IN) Sun-Commercial: A popular eyesore may soon be getting a makeover.

Dr. Mark Hendrix and his wife, Melissa, on Tuesday went before members of the Historic Review Board with plans to transform a small gas station located at the intersection of Second and Willow streets — one that’s been sitting vacant for more than 30 years — into a two-bedroom home.

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Fast-Food Joints Recall Heyday of American Roadside Architecture


Most locations of Andy’s Frozen Custard, like this one in Naperville, Illinois, are designed with large canopies over the walk-up ordering area. (CoStar)

From CoStar.com: Entrepreneurs in the fast-food industry have plenty of issues to think about when launching or expanding a brand, including marketing, supply chain, cost of labor and making food that consumers crave.

Two upstart fast-food chains, P. Terry’s Burger Stand and Andy’s Frozen Custard, have added another element to that mixed plate: distinctive architectural designs to call attention to their emerging brands.

Their stores recall the heyday of American roadside architecture with gaudy colors, sharp angles and whimsical features such as a building shaped like a paper airplane. Their retro vibes bring back memories of the carefree days of the 1950s and early 1960s when Chevrolets and Fords traversed Route 66 through small-town America.

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Brooklyn’s Iconic Kellogg’s Diner Is Getting a Revival Under New Owners


Kellogg’s Diner has been open since 1928. Luke Fortney/Eater NY

From Eater NY: Here’s one we didn’t see coming: Brooklyn’s 96-year-old Kellogg’s Diner is turning into an all-night restaurant with Tex-Mex food and cocktails.

Kellogg’s, which has been open on the corner of Metropolitan and Union avenues since 1928, has been up for sale since January when it went bankrupt. Louis Skibar, who owns the Manhattan diners Coppelia and Old John’s, is the new owner. He’s going to turn Kellogg’s into a 24-hour restaurant with Tex-Mex and classic diner foods. It will be run by Jackie Carnesi, an alum of the Brooklyn restaurants Nura and Roberta’s.

The diner will close soon for renovations and reopen in February. Its retro dining room is getting an update that includes a new cocktail bar, Skibar said from the restaurant on Monday. In the meantime, Kellogg’s is open with a shorter menu that has steak frites, smash burgers, chicken pot pie, and more.

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St. Louis nostalgia reigns supreme in new edition of ‘Lost Treasures’


Goody Goody Diner opened in north St. Louis County on Natural Bridge Road in 1948. The historic landmark sustained a fire in 2019 and never reopened. The so-called “lost treasure” is among more than 400 entries in the second edition of “Lost Treasures of St. Louis.” Cameron Collins

From St. Louis Public Radio: Earlier this year, Cameron Collins drove more than 600 miles throughout the St. Louis region — in one day. He was on a mission: to visit and photograph 35 Catholic parishes set to close under a reorganization plan the St. Louis Archdiocese announced in May.

“I had no idea how big the St. Louis Archdiocese is,” Collins explained on St. Louis on the Air. “And I found myself traveling down to Ste. Genevieve County, Jefferson County, north St. Louis County, and when I finally arrived back at my house it was later than 11 o’clock at night.”

Collins, who lives in south St. Louis, completed the task the next day, and the results of the recent road trip are just part of what’s new in the second edition of “Lost Treasures of St. Louis,”a book co-authored by Dennis Dillon.

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Wyoming’s Iconic 28-Foot Neon Tumble Inn Cowboy Will Have New Home In Casper


Tumble Inn on Sept. 29, 2020 Wes Dickinson

From Cowboy State Daily: CASPER — The resurrection of the 28-foot-tall neon cowboy that towered over the iconic Tumble Inn, a now-closed, once a favorite stop for anyone traveling through Wyoming along U.S. Highway 26, continues in the shop of a Casper master craftsman.

While much more restoration work remains ahead, when finished, the larger-than-life neon Wyoming landmark is likely to have a prominent new home in Casper, perhaps at the intersection of the Yellowstone Highway and Elm Street.

The cowboy’s owner Jonathan Thorne and collaborator John Huff, founder of Yellowstone Garage and a Casper entrepreneur, told Cowboy State Daily on Friday that since moving the giant neon symbol of the West and Wyoming earlier this year, one of five largest sections that make up the giant retro sign is restored.

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