Winning anonymous Century Bar neon sign bidders come forward


From Dayton 24/7 Now: DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF-WRGT)- Anonymous buyers of the historical neon Century Bar sign have come forward, winning a 7-day bidding war in the last 37 seconds.

The Century’s Bars History in Dayton runs deep, opening three years after the Great Flood of 1913. However, since moving into the historically registered former Dayton Power & Light building in February, the 1960’s neon sign that once hung high on the building, could no longer be of use.

“It’s historic and has historic tax credits to it,” said The Century Bar Co-Owner, Diane Spitzig. “You can’t put a 1960’s neon sign on a building that was built in 1916.

The sign was then given a new home with Idea Collective, a hospitality design firm. Then COVID-19 happened.

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Inside the ‘Very Sensitive’ Renovation of East Austin’s Uptown Sports Club

A photo of the Sport Bar, which would later go by the name Uptown Sports Club, taken at the corner of East Sixth and Waller Streets around the late 1970s or early ’80s. Image: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture / Texas Historical Commission

From Towers: Perhaps one of the single most recognizable abandoned buildings in East Austin, the Uptown Sports Club is one step closer to a fresh start. An extensive restoration plan for the shuttered bar — which currently sits empty in a state of increasing disrepair at the northeast corner of East Sixth and Waller Streets since its closure decades ago — found the approval of the City of Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission at its monthly meeting last night, with city staff describing the project as “a very sensitive approach to the restoration of a significant historic building.” 

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After 67 Years, Like Like Drive Inn to Close Permanently on April 30

Like Like Drive Inn’s iconic sign. PHOTO: AARON K. YOSHINO

From Hawai‘i Magazine: It’s lights out for Like Like Drive Inn, an iconic Hawaiʻi diner that has been slinging out ʻono (delicious) local comfort foods on the corner of Keʻeamoku and Kanunu streets for the past 67 years.

Owner Julie Tateyama, who inherited the business from her grandparents James and Alice Nako, said that after closing its dining room in mid-March due to COVID-19, the financial strain has become too much for them to reopen.

“We were hoping to reopen later but with the extension of the closing of dining rooms and because we’re not a takeout order restaurant, it was rough and we had decided that we’re going to officially close on April 30,” says Tateyama in an April 1 announcement, which added the restaurant would discontinue doing takeout in “consideration to the health and safety of our friends, family and staff.”

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TKO: Remembering DeJong’s Blast off the Big Mac sign

From Fox2 Now: TKO: The Kilcoyne Opinion is looking back tonight. Let’s return to August 19, 2019. That’s the night Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong hit an epic home run at Busch Stadium that knocked out the neon lights in the “M” of the Big Mac Land sign.

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Buck Atom’s to light up Tulsa’s Route 66 skyline

Buck Atom at Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66.

From Tulsa World: Celebrate Tulsa’s newest Route 66 road sign attraction at Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curious on 66 with a virtual event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, on Facebook Live (

Watch as Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell and owner Mary Beth Babcock flip the switch live, turning on the new 20-foot neon sign at the store, 1347 E. 11th St., for the first time.

Special guests (via video) include Rhys Martin, president of Oklahoma Route 66 Association; Karen Keith, Tulsa County commissioner; Abby Kurin, director of Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture; and Todd Sanders, owner of Roadhouse Relics.

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