Greyhound Bus Station could become restaurant, offices or clinic


“It is a bit of an icon for downtown Olympia. It speaks to a place in time and style of travel.” PHOTO BY DANNY STUSSER

From The Jolt News: Olympia’s Site Plan Review Committee held a presubmission hearing on the possible reuse of the historic Greyhound Bus Station at 107 7th Avenue East on Wednesday, January 4.

According to Bill Sloane of MSGS Architects, Bird’s Eye Medical bought the property at the beginning of the pandemic to provide a downtown Olympia site for drive-thru COVID-19 testing and other medical procedures related to the pandemic.

“Now that the pandemic is under control, the building is no longer needed as a medical services provider. Bird’s Eye Medical is exploring possible reuse of the building, preserving the original building’s authentic and unique architectural styling,” Sloane said.

He added the bus station was designed in 1945 in a ‘streamline moderne’ architectural style.

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Goody Boy closes doors after over 75 years in Short North


Goody Boy Supper Club, 1144 N. High St. in the Short North. Tom Dodge/Dispatch

From The Columbus Dispatch: Goody Boy Supper Club, a ’50s-themed diner, has closed its doors after over 75 years in business, at 1144 N. High St. in the Short North.

The concept was owned by One Hospitality, which also owns Short North Pint House, Standard Hall and Forno.

TJ Valentino, director of marketing for One Hospitality, confirmed the closure in an email but did not give additional details about the reason for the closure. He said news of what’s next for the location is forthcoming.

“We are exploring ideas for a new, fresh concept to keep the Short North neighborhood special,” he said.

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Texas’s Foremost Neon Artist Reflects on a Lit-Up Life


Todd Sanders at work. Jennie Kim

From the Texas Monthly: There is a look and feel to the old, mythic version of Austin that holds space within the collective memory. It goes something like this: Guy Clark on the radio, artists abounding, and the bright lights of a not-so-big city beckoning a kid from East Texas with an artist’s temperament.

Neon Road, a new book by Austin-based neon artist Todd Sanders, is shot through with such sentiment. Featuring a twangy nostalgic reverence for the city that inspired him, the self-published art book curates Sanders’s story—from Montgomery to Austin, from commercial sign maker to successful artist—alongside sketches and photographs of his colorful “modern-vintage” displays. Sanders’s aesthetic is familiar to anyone who has spent time in the city, where he has produced neon and hand-painted signage since the mid-nineties. In an ode to one of Austin’s watering holes, he created a sign for Deep Eddy swimming pool featuring an animated neon diver. Other pieces advertise live music or feature neon cowgirls and -boys in pinup-style illustrations. (One display glorifying barbecue even graced the cover of this magazine.) At one point, his signs hung over at least thirty establishments in town. As he puts it, ​​today, “if you’re going to open a place [in Austin], you need a rusty, brand new sign.”

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Provincetown’s iconic Lobster Pot restaurant is for sale


William Swislow

From CBS Boston: PROVINCETOWN – An instantly recognizable restaurant in Provincetown is for sale. The Lobster Pot on Commercial Street is in the market for a new owner after more than four decades, according to a real estate posting.

The seafood restaurant famous for its neon lobster sign is listed for $14 million. It has been owned by the McNulty family since 1979.

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SEPTA continues restoration project on fleet of trolley cars from the 1940s


SEPTA is working to restore its historic 1947 trolleys that run on Route 15 along Girard Avenue. Above, a newly-refurbished trolley car that has undergone repairs at the Woodland Avenue facility. SEPTA

From Philly Voice: SEPTA is working to refurbish its historic fleet of green-and-cream colored trolley cars that date back to the first year of the Cold War and Jackie Robinson’s first MLB contract.

The multimillion dollar project aims to restore the 1947 PCC II trolleys that ran on SEPTA Route 15 along Girard Avenue through North and West Philadelphia. SEPTA expects to have the project largely completed by September.

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Legendary T-Bone Diner to reopen


Historic neon sign. Photo by Retrologist Rolando Pujol

From the Queens Ledger: One of Queens’ earliest freestanding diners will have a second lease on life.

The T-Bone Diner at 107-48 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, which shuttered last February, will reopen next summer or potentially sooner in spotless condition.

It will merge two classic concepts of Americana – a diner and a deli, and will be known as “T-Bone Diner & Delicatessen.”

It will operate as a kosher-style 24-hour establishment.

This columnist brokered a deal to rescue the historic T-Bone Diner by introducing A. Kumar, owner of nearby Jade Eatery and Lounge to Richard Jagusiak, the diner’s leasing agent, and helped defeat a plan to have a Popeyes location open in its place.

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