SCA Weekly News Review: December 6, 2020

SCA Weekly News Review: December 6, 2020

What’s next for the Elephant Car Wash’s neon pink sign now that it’s left Denny Way

André Lucero, president of Western Neon, guides the top half of the Elephant Car Wash neon sign to a trailer Tuesday. This half weighs about 2,000 pounds of the total 5,000-pounds. The sign will be taken to the… Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

From The Seattle Times: Seattle’s most well-known pink elephant has officially left its longtime spot on Denny Way in South Lake Union.

The Elephant Car Wash’s cheerful neon sign, which had been perched at the corner of Battery Street and Denny Way since 1956, was deconstructed and lifted from its site Tuesday afternoon. The move comes after landowner Clise Properties requested a demolition permit for the car wash in early October, sparking concern over the future of the beloved sign.

The 5,000-pound sign will first go to Western Neon in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood for conservation work, before heading to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in South Lake Union. There, the museum will restore the sign’s neon lights, repair damaged and rusted elements, and take over long-term maintenance, according to a statement from MOHAI.

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The newly rebuilt White Castle in Centereach opens for business

From Greater Long Island: White Castle’s long-awaited quarantine makeover in Centereach is complete.

The fast-food at 2201 Middle Country Road eatery re-opened this month after being closed for most of 2020.

The restaurant was met with immediate fanfare, with customers waiting on long lines wrapping around the building for their beloved square sliders.

This White Castle had been shut down since the early part of 2020 for a complete teardown and renovations.

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Artists (and Star Wars Fans) Advocate for the Preservation of a Brutalist Building in Tunisia

An image of the Hôtel du Lac building in Tunis has been edited to read “No to demolition” in Arabic by artists Mouna Jemal Siala and Manna Jmal. Image courtesy of the artists

From Hyperallergic: Designed by Italian architect Raffaele Contigiani in the 1970s, the Hôtel du Lac in Tunis is a beloved icon of Brutalist architecture in Africa and beyond. To locals, however, the building’s significance extends beyond its form: it was constructed under the government of Habib Bourguiba, Tunisia’s first president following independence from France. With its unique inverted pyramid shape and imposing cantilevered stairs at each end, the structure has endured in the heart of Tunisia’s capital as a symbol of modernism and autonomy from colonial rule.

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Marty Stuart will ‘light up the Busy Bee’ Sunday

Marty Stuart will “light up the Busy Bee” on Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Busy Bee Suites, located at 434 West Beacon Street.

From The Neshoba Democrat: Marty Stuart will “light up the Busy Bee” on Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Busy Bee Suites, located at 434 West Beacon Street.

The Community Development Partnership and the Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music are proud to host Marty Stuart in Philadelphia as he flips the switch on the Busy Bee Suites’ new neon sign.

Stuart remembers the current Busy Bee Suites as the Busy Bee Café, where he first heard rhythm and blues. He describes the café as unique and stylish and a place that inspired his original goal in life.

“The Busy Bee Café was the first place I heard rhythm and blues, saw people dancing to live music, and witnessed musicians dressed in their snappy outfits with personal style,” said Stuart. “My original goal in life was inspired by what I witnessed at the Busy Bee. I wanted to have a gold tooth like the guitar player in the Busy Bee band. I still haven’t achieved that one, but the Busy Bee is truly a part of who I am.”

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Your View by actor Daniel Roebuck: Why I mourn the loss of the magical Roadside America

Actor and director Daniel Roebuck at Roadside America. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

From The Morning Call: I am a few days behind the news, but I needed to get my head around the closing of one of Pennsylvania’s oldest and most beloved attractions, Roadside America.

Of course, time marches on and things change. I understand that. The gracious family that had inherited and ran Roadside America made Herculean efforts to keep it going despite the twofold deterioration of both the building and its younger audience’s attention span.

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