SCA Weekly News Review: July 11, 2021

SCA Weekly News Review: July 11, 2021

Roadside artifact in downtown Seattle now up for sale

The old Signal Gasoline station is almost unrecognizable along Denny Way. (Feliks Banel/KIRO Radio)

From MyNorthwest: In the past few days, a tiny triangle of land along Denny Way and an odd little brick building — which KIRO Radio listeners learned last week was once home to a grand and glorious 1930s gas station — has been put on the market. A firm called Westlake Associates issued a flyer earlier this week, though as of Friday morning, the 0.12 acre parcel is not yet listed on the company’s website.

Late Thursday, KIRO Radio reached out to the broker listed on the flyer to find out more; so far, there has been no response. The King County Assessor values the property around $3 million, but Westlake Associates lists the price as “negotiable.” Assuming the property would be sold for redevelopment, it appears that a new structure there could be between 240 feet and 440 feet tall.

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Permanent Route 66 Drive-Through Shield debuts on “National Drive-Thru Day,” Saturday, July 24, 2021

From The Bee: KINGMAN, Ariz. – The dedication ceremony will be held on “National Drive-Thru Day,” Saturday, July 24, from 5-8:00 p.m. It will be celebrated with music and a car show hosted at the Powerhouse, home of the Kingman Visitor Center and Arizona Route 66 Museum, located at 120 W Andy Devine Avenue, Kingman, Arizona. The car show will be capped at 66 cars, all car show entrees must be a classic or custom from 1991, or earlier and must pre-register to participate. For more information or to register for the car show, call the Kingman Visitor Center at (928) 753-6106 or email Kingman Tourism Director Josh Noble at jnoble@cityofkingman.gov.

The evening event will wrap up with the inaugural lighting and first pass under the bright neon lights at sunset, approximately 7:45 p.m. Car show participants will follow in procession, driving under the shield directly following the inaugural lighting. All are welcome to witness the momentous occasion, public parking is available nearby on Beale Street adjacent to Locomotive Park.

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Oakley’s Road Island Diner closes

Oakley’s Road Island Diner has closed its doors, according to its longtime manager, with staffing shortages plaguing the business. Tanzi Propst/Park Record

From the Park Record: The Road Island Diner, the retro train-car-style eatery that was an Oakley landmark for 15 years, boasted food made from scratch and was a staple for many who passed through the East Side hamlet on their way to the Uinta Mountains, has closed.

Steve Butler, who ran the diner with his wife, Ginny, said it wasn’t the pandemic that forced the closure, but rather the challenge of finding and keeping staff. The pair, who also run a catering company and a bed-and-breakfast in Oakley, pride themselves on preparing fresh, homemade food. But without enough employees, the time-consuming and labor-intensive work fell to them. Butler said it wasn’t sustainable.

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The Coolest Airstream Resorts in the U.S.

From Travel+Leisure: Even as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, many travelers are sticking to road trips this summer, with an estimated 56 million people hitting the road in their RVs. “Trip planning for RVers on Roadtrippers and Togo RV is up more than 50% from the peak of 2020, a year that saw the popularity of RVing explode,” says Ashley Rossi, managing editor at Togo RV, an app for RV travelers. “This increase has been steady since March of this year.”

But RV travel can be expensive, especially if you have to rent a vehicle. It can also be intimidating: Can you handle a cross-country road trip? Should you pay for flights to your preferred destination, then rent an RV? Do you need a special license to drive an RV?

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Austin fast-food chain expands fresh burger concept to San Antonio

San Antonio’s first P. Terry’s Burger Stand is set to open at Fredericksburg and Wurzbach roads near the South Texas Medical Center. Credit: Nick Wagner / San Antonio Report

From the San Antonio Report: The tip of the retro-look triangular roof on the new P. Terry’s Burger Stand points directly northeast toward its birthplace.

On Monday, the Austin chain known for both fresh burgers and the Googie-style architecture of its restaurants opened its first San Antonio location at 8443 Wurzbach Road, the sharp angle of the restaurant roof saluting the P. Terry’s Capitol Plaza location.

“We wanted to make a strong statement with the first one,” said Todd Coerver, CEO of P. Terry’s, who spoke Thursday with the San Antonio Report about the design for the restaurant and its opening. “It was really helpful and sort of serendipitous that the site set up to where the building would point back to the mothership in Austin, so to speak.”

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