24 Jan SCA Weekly News Review: January 24, 2021
SURREY NOW & THEN: Rickshaw sign stands as a reminder of Jung family’s restaurant days
From Surrey Now-Leader: For Jeffrey Jung, the iconic Rickshaw sign in Surrey is a reminder of his family’s busy days in the restaurant business.
Western-style Chinese food is no longer served on the ground floor of the three-storey building on the east side of King George Boulevard, where the crimson landmark stands in the lot where hungry customers once parked.
The sign, added to Surrey’s Heritage Register in 2016, has seen better days since its unveiling, circa 1963. It’s no longer lit with neon lights, and keeping the metal clean and rust-free is among Jung’s duties as caretaker of the family-owned Rickshaw Plaza building.
Highlander Motel is Now Closed, Will Be Torn Down For a CVS in March
From ARL Now: The 57-year-old Highlander Motor Inn is now closed and will be torn down to make room for a CVS store, owner Billy Bayne tells ARLnow.
The two-story motel at 3336 Wilson Blvd, near Clarendon, has been closed since December. Bayne expects demolition to begin on the building in March and the CVS to open in the fall.
This wasn’t unexpected. Plans have been in place since at least 2016 and permit applications were filed in December 2019.
Nonetheless, it has Bayne looking back fondly on the motel that his family has owned since the early 1960s.
“We have a lifetime of memories there,” says Bayne. He remembers spending time with his father at the motel, shooting baskets in the back, and going to Mario’s Pizza next door. He also remembers when local high schoolers had keg parties in the modestly-appointed rooms.
The Museum of Neon Art Glows Online for Night-Bright Tours
From KNBC4: Going online?
That’s what happens when you hop on your phone, your computer, or a device that can connect you to the news, your social sites, and anywhere else you want to roam in WorldWideWeb-landia.
But glowing online?
That’s something entirely different.
For when something “glows online,” it isn’t popping on to check its work emails or find family photos; rather, you’re probably dealing with a dazzling neon-focused tour, one that’s presented virtually.
Lockport’s Historic Palace Theatre is offering its old seats to the community- for free
From WIVB.com: LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – Although the Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport has been closed due to COVID-19 since March, they’re asking the community to take a seat- literally.
The theater is using this “intermission” to work on its ongoing renovation project, which includes getting brand new seats.
The old seats are being offered to the public, free of charge.
“We just want to see those seats in your home, in your basement, something like that- to give you a little piece of history,” said Christopher Parada, executive director of the Palace Theatre.
The wooden seats in the balcony are original to the 1925 building, Parada said.
The seats on the first floor were installed in the 1970s.
“They’ve definitely seen wear and tear, and we’re excited to get some new seats,” Parada said.
Slice of old Las Vegas up for grabs as ex-motel on market for $18M
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: In 1959, during Las Vegas’ mafia days, the newly built White Sands Motel was touted as a beautiful place to stay, offering TV, coffee and air conditioning.
Today, the rundown, boarded-up property on the Strip is behind barbed-wire-topped fencing, its empty pool near thickets of weeds, and beer bottles and other garbage just inches from a cardboard mat out front.
It’s also on the market for a hefty price.
The narrow 1.1-acre parcel, across from the Luxor and surrounded on three sides by the Route 91 Harvest site, is up for sale at $18 million. Listing broker Frank Volk of SRS Real Estate Partners figures it could become home to a retail or food-oriented project, and he would be “shocked” if someone paid the asking price to merely run the motel, which would almost certainly be demolished.
“It’s got to be a tear-down,” he said.