Two Greektown favorites torn down, exposing old mural — and changing face of neighborhood
From the Chicago Sun-Times: In 1990, Yiannis Melidis hired a Serbian painter to create a mural that would stretch along an inside wall of Pegasus, the Greek restaurant he was building.
Stuckey’s, the once-beloved road trip staple, tries to stage a comeback
From The Washington Post: I’m 45 miles away when the first billboard appears. “Famous Pecan Log Rolls,” it declares. “An American Tradition Since 1937.”
When the roadside shop finally appears on the horizon in Mappsville, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, there’s really no choice but to pull over.
Some Norwin Diner History | Wqed’s Pennsylvania Diners & Other Roadside Restaurants
From WQED: Here’s a clip from a vintage (1992) WQED statewide special produced by Rick Sebak & his team that celebrates diners (and dinors!) across the state, featuring some scrumptious comfort food, business owners, cooks, waitresses, waiters and enthusiastic customers.
The Norwin Diner isn’t there anymore and the stainless-steel Norwin that went to Butler is now in Erie. Nonetheless, we suggest you try to have breakfast in a diner tomorrow morning!
The Lariat Motel In Cheyenne Now Has Some Makeover Plans In The Works
From KGAB: A few months ago, we posed the question, “What’s the Deal with the Closed Down Lariat Motel in Cheyenne?” Now we know that there’s definitely some plans in the works for the historic spot just south of downtown Cheyenne (technically in the south district of downtown).
For awhile, when you would drive by the spot, you could tell that it was closed. But with a property that size, surrounded by businesses that are still in operation, and with the relatively new Ike’s Sports Bar nearby, you would think someone would want to snatch up that property to make something happen. Here’s what it was previously looking like…
A sign-making shop’s ‘Noble’ mission revives a vanishing NYC street art
From WABC: BROOKLYN, NY — Radio City Music Hall. Katz’s Delicatessen. Nathan’s in Coney Island.
If you close your eyes and picture New York City’s most beloved locations, that picture will invariably feature iconic signage, often glowing with neon.
But somewhere along the line, a lot of New York signage grew dull and predictable. The creative spark was gone, replaced with functional if bland creations, often just a vinyl awning.
Light back up Spokane: Neon sign maker, shop owner seek to bring light to the city
From KREM: SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane natives alike will likely remember the neon sign at several local institutions, such as the old White Elephant and Wolffy’s.
All of these neon signs are a huge part of Spokane’s history.
Tony Braun has been making science into art for decades by creating neon signs.