Brine appeals, seeks façade changes to former Fowle’s

The front of the former Fowle’s News on State Street, Newburyport, where the owner of Brine plans to relocate her restaurant, which is next door. RICHARD K. LODGE/Staff photo

From The Daily News: NEWBURYPORT — An appeal by the attorneys for Brine Oyster Bar seeks to reverse the zoning administrator’s determination that modifications to the windows at the former Fowle’s News at 17 State St. require a variance under the Downtown Overlay District ordinance.

In January, restaurateur Nancy Batista-Caswell announced that Brine, located at 25 State St. for eight years, would move next door to a bigger space with nearly double the seating.

Caswell, who also owns Oak + Rowan in Boston, closed her other State Street restaurant, Ceia Kitchen and Bar, late last year.

In moving into the longtime former home of Fowle’s News, Caswell knew she would need to preserve the space’s history while incorporating her restaurant’s needs.

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Jill Sullivan: Book lovingly details Missouri’s two-lane highways and byways

Jill Sullivan

From The Joplin Globe: “HISTORIC MISSOURI ROADSIDES” by BILL HART is a celebration of sorts of both the Missouri Bicentennial (2021) and National Preservation Month, also known as Historic Preservation Month (May). In “Historic Missouri Roadsides,” author, historian, and preservationist Hart takes us on a two-lane highway trip through several of Missouri’s small-town destinations, introducing us to or reacquainting us with what they have to offer.

Before taking us on the road, Hart breaks down the “how to” of using his book, pointing out that how long each trip takes to complete is, in fact, up to the traveler. Each stop along two-lane Missouri includes basic historical information about the place, suggestions for where to eat and stay, as well as for where to visit and what to do. Hart reminds us that these trips are meant to be leisurely rather than a race from point A to point B: “Chill. You’re not traveling on two lanes to win any races.”

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This Phoenix gem could be demolished to make way for a Raising Cane’s: What we know so far

The exterior of the Duke Photography building in Phoenix on April 28, 2021. The community is trying to save it from being demolished for a Raising Cane’s drive-thru. Michael Chow/The Republic

From azcentral: News spread on social media in late April that the iconic Duke Photography building in Phoenix could be replaced with a Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

The blush-colored building with a teal awning is known for its distinct typographic sign, featuring the Duke Photography logo. The studio, established by the Duke family in 1950, has been responsible for decades of high school senior photos, family portraits and other documented milestones.

The building, located near the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue and Thomas Road,  was sold for $2 million to local investor Aaron Klusman, AZ Big Media shared in January 2021.

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Saginaw schools superintendent, board president affirm commitment to preserving beans bunny sign

The Beans sign is framed by golden leaves in Downtown Saginaw on Oct. 18, 2016. MLive file photo. (Josie Norris | The Saginaw News) The Saginaw News/MLive.comThe Saginaw News/

From MLIVE: SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw Public School District superintendent and board of education president spoke before the Saginaw City Council at its Monday, April 26 meeting, affirming the district’s commitment to preserving the city’s iconic ‘beans bunny’ sign after the structure holding it is torn down.

Superintendent Ramont Roberts and board President Charles Coleman both signed up to speak at the meeting, speaking on the former bean elevator and local landmark that stands where the district plans to build an athletic stadium and complex for its new comprehensive high school. The new building is planned for the current site of the Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy and is funded by the $100 million bond approved by Saginaw voters in November 2020.

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7 Hudson Valley modern classic diners to try

Modern diners across the Hudson Valley — like Dixon Roadside in Woodstock — serve the locally sourced, elevated nostalgia foods Americans crave. Dixon Roadside

From the Times Union: The pandemic made Grandma chic cuisine cool again.

From-scratch banana bread, heirloom beans, cookies, sourdough everything, pasta, pickles and jam dominated the culinary landscape, but with a twist. The Zeitgeist now demands not just heaving dishes of creamy comfort, but recipes made from locally grown, seasonal and sustainably produced ingredients.

In other words, fewer cinched waists and sous vide fuss, more stretch pants and patty melts — as long as they’re made from grass-fed local beef and artisanal farmstead cheese on house-made bread.

Modern American diners across the Hudson Valley have been serving up these locally sourced, elevated nostalgia foods all along, with a side of community spirit.

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Location on Amazon’s Denny Triangle campus selected for smaller Pink Elephant sign

Elephant Car Wash built in 1956, Seattle, Washington. Kevin Schafer/Getty Images


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