Fuller’s Coffee Shop, Portland’s fire-damaged 75-year-old diner, aims to reopen by summer


Fuller’s Coffee Shop, which opened in 1947 and moved to the corner of Northwest Ninth Avenue and Davis Street in 1960, as it appeared before a February fire. The Oregonian

From The Oregonian: Fuller’s Coffee Shop, a throwback Portland diner first opened in 1947, hopes to reopen in June after fire and smoke damaged the restaurant’s interior, co-owner Mark Byrum said Thursday.

Known for its meandering lunch counter and corner windows evoking Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks,” Fuller’s has sat at the corner of Northwest Ninth Avenue and Davis Street since 1960. That’s where a fire broke out shortly after closing time on Feb. 19, with flames quickly spreading up an exhaust hood that Byrum says had been professionally cleaned just five days before.

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Diner in Bucks closing after 75 years in business


From WFMZ: HILLTOWN TWP., Pa. – They say all good things eventually come to an end. After 75 years, R&S Keystone Diner in Hilltown Township, Bucks County is closing its doors for good.

“For the most part I’m keeping it together but, you know, it’s very bittersweet. It’s a long time anticipated,” said owner JoAnn Kerr. She’s had the business for sale for three years but had been waiting for a buyer.

Her mother and father started the business in 1948 and she’s been working there since she was 15.

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‘I want to cry so bad.’ New Hall Diner to close after five memorable years as small-town gem


After five years, the New Hall Diner is set to close Sunday. Mike Murphy/Canandaigua Daily Messenger

From the Democrat and Chronicle: HALL, NY – The New Hall Diner – purposely named to distinguish it from the old Hall Diner – is the kind of small-town place smack-dab in Ontario County farming country where everybody just might sing “Happy Birthday” to you, whether they know you or not.

It happened to Penny Hankins one morning when she stopped in for breakfast. So of course, Hankins kept coming after that. She just might pop in this weekend, the last the diner will be open, at least under the ownership of Tamarie Cataldo.

“I think of the diner as a good friend,” Hankins said. “So, I’m sad to be saying goodbye to a good friend.”

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Saving the sign: ‘Let’s Get Lit’ campaign to restore historic neon lights


The historic Joe’s Liquor and Bar, in downtown Rock Springs, has formed a partnership with the Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency (URA) to take steps in preserving its iconic neon sign. Photo Courtesy of Rock Springs Main Street/URA

From the Rocket Miner: ROCK SPRINGS — The historic Joe’s Liquor and Bar, a beloved landmark in downtown Rock Springs, in partnership with the Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency (URA) are taking steps to preserve its iconic neon sign.

The neon sign, which has been a fixture of the establishment since its opening in 1961, is a valuable piece of local history and a beloved symbol of the community. However, over the years, the sign has become faded and worn, and mechanical parts of it on the inside have started to malfunction.

Recognizing the importance of the sign to the community, the owner of Joe’s Liquor and Bar has announced a restoration and preservation project for the sign. The project will include an update of the sign’s electrical components, replacement of backlighting, and a thorough paint job to restore the sign’s vibrant colors.

Moose wanders into Alaska movie theater, leaves with a Happy Meal


From the Seattle Times: Employees at a movie theater in Kenai, Alaska, got a big surprise last month when a curious moose strolled into the lobby and rooted through the trash, then left after a few minutes with a McDonald’s Happy Meal box stuck to its snout.

The visit was captured on social media in a TikTok video and Facebook post that showed what appeared to be a yearling entering Kenai Cinemas while an employee looked on.

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