Two Greektown favorites torn down, exposing old mural — and changing face of neighborhood


A mural on a wall that once was part of the Pegasus restaurant in Greektown. The restaurant closed in 2017 and the site was recently reduced to rubble. Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

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.

The artist came at night after construction workers left. Yiannis and his wife, Maria provided him with a picture book of the Greek islands for inspiration and obliged a request from the artist to provision him nightly with a six pack of Old Style and several polish sausages from vendors on nearby Maxwell Street.
“After a week he hadn’t started anything,” recalled the couple’s son, Ceasar Melidis, who said his parents thought: “This guy’s just eating and drinking and sleeping and staring at walls.”

Stuckey’s, the once-beloved road trip staple, tries to stage a comeback


This now-closed Stuckey’s in Yeehaw Junction, Fla., was once a popular stop for vacationers. (Steve Lundeen/Stuckey’s Corp.)

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.”

I press on the accelerator a little harder.

The sales pitch steadily amps up. “Saltwater taffy,” promises the next sign. A few miles later, a Godzilla-size squirrel peers out from another towering advertisement: “I need to stop at Stuckey’s to get my nuts!” it declares.

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.

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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!

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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…

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A sign-making shop’s ‘Noble’ mission revives a vanishing NYC street art


Vintage throwback sign-makers in Brooklyn are restoring beauty to New York City stores while curating a museum paying homage to NYC’s vintage sign culture

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.

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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.

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