Georgia Landmark Clucks Its Way To 60



From Southern Living: One of Georgia’s most famous roadside attractions is 60!

Marietta’s “Big Chicken,” a 56-foot tall steel sided structure of, you guessed it – a chicken – has adorned the northwest Atlanta suburb skyline since 1963.

Hubert Puckett was just 30-years old and a student at Georgia Tech when he came up with the design for a rooster to sit atop the original restaurant, Johnny Reb’s Chick, Chuck and Shake.

His design included a beak that opened and eyes that rolled.

Charlotte’s Historic Hub For Black Business, Walton Plaza, Set To Be Demolished


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From Black Enterprise: A piece of Black history will be destroyed in Charlotte.

The iconic Walton Plaza building that graces the Queen City skyline is being torn down, the Charlotte Observer reports. The first Black-developed building of its kind between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta hosted some of Charlotte’s finest citizens.

It is the first real estate project led by attorney and congressman Mel Watt and was the professional home to Charlotte legends, including Julius Chambers and Harvey Gantt. Now, its demolition is drawing mixed reviews.

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Famed S.F. LGBTQ bar the Stud to reopen at new location


People chat and embrace outside the Stud, the city’s oldest gay bar, in San Francisco in 2016. Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the Chronicle

From the San Francisco Chronicle: The Stud, San Francisco’s famed LGBTQ bar, is set to return to the South of Market area in a new location nearly four years after its closure.

The 15-person collective that owns and operates the Stud plans to announce a new home for the beloved queer venue at a news conference set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in front of its new space at 1123-1125 Folsom St. The two connected buildings — three blocks from where the Stud was located at 399 Ninth St. from 1987 through 2020 — were previously home to Julie’s Supper Club and the Trademark sports bar. The location recently hosted the pop-up Golden Girls Kitchen immersive restaurant experience based on the popular 1980s sitcom “The Golden Girls.”

The Stud Collective has launched a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $500,000 by the end of November to help pay for renovations and other costs of reopening, which is expected early next year.

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Set Designers Dish Secrets of Iconic Eateries in ‘The Office,’ ‘Pulp Fiction’ and More


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From The Messenger: When My Big Fat Greek Wedding landed in theaters in 2002, three things were abundantly clear: Writer and lead Nia Vardalos was a comedic star, the ensemble cast was delightfully chaotic and Dancing Zorba’s, the on-screen family-run restaurant, looked like a delicious place to eat.

The Greek restaurant now belongs in the pantheon of famous fictional dining spots from TV and movies. So, in honor of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 hitting theaters on Sept. 8, we looked back at some of the most beloved restaurants Hollywood has invented and talked to the people who brought them to life.

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Norms Restaurants Selects Moontide As Agency Of Record To Help Promote A New Chapter Of Dynamic Growth

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From PR Newswire: LOS ANGELESNORMS Restaurants, the beloved family restaurant with a nearly 75-year legacy in Southern California, has selected LA-based Moontide as its agency of record for media and advertising. The partnership marks a significant milestone in NORMS Restaurants’ journey, as it kicks off a new era of growth and innovation with a brand refresh that launches today.

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Famed pink elephant car wash sign on Highway 111 gets historic status from Rancho Mirage


The Rancho Super Car Wash sign is seen lit up, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Rancho Mirage Andy Abeyta/The Desert Sun

From The Desert Sun: One of the Coachella Valley’s most prominent landmarks along Highway 111 — the large pink elephant sign promoting a Rancho Mirage car wash — was designated as a historic resource by the city this week.

The neon sign, which promotes the Rancho Super Car Wash with a pink elephant spraying water from its trunk, was installed in 1966 — seven years before the city incorporated. Its design by Beatrice Haverfield was based on similar car wash signs she made for a company in Seattle.

With its designation as a historic resource, the car wash sign could still be altered or demolished, but any proposed changes would be subject to a more stringent review process at city hall. The city also has the right to relocate any historic property “as an alternative to granting the owner a demolition permit,” per Rancho Mirage municipal code.

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