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Spaceship to land at The Mill for its 88th birthday

Spaceship to land at The Mill for its 88th birthday

I never thought I’d write that headline. A spaceship made by the same man who crafted the World’s Largest Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois, will make a special appearance Tuesday at The Mill museum for the Route 66 landmark’s 88th…

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More about the Grand Canyon Cafe’s reopening

More about the Grand Canyon Cafe’s reopening

Flagstaff’s historic Grand Canyon Cafe reopened last week after an ownership change and months of remodeling. Naturally, longtime Route 66 travelers and regular customers wonder what changes are in store for a restaurant that will mark its 75th anniversary in…

Plan would demolish Oklahoma City’s Classen Circle

Plan would demolish Oklahoma City’s Classen Circle

A chain restaurant submitted plans to the city of Oklahoma City to tear down all the buildings in Classen Circle, which includes Classen Grill and other historic businesses. OKCTalk.com broke the news Wednesday. Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores, a popular…

Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant reopens after fire

Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant reopens after fire

Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant near Leasburg, Missouri, reopened last week after a fire heavily damaged the old Route 66 business in October. Skippy’s posted on its Facebook page July 6: We have officially opened up! Good times to pull that…

Author traveling Route 66 in 1930 Ford Model A for book project

Author traveling Route 66 in 1930 Ford Model A for book project

Noted author and retired professor T. Lindsay Baker is traveling Route 66 in a 1930 Ford Model A as part of research into a book he’ll be writing about restaurants and dining along the Mother Road. Tulsa World columnist Ginnie…

Grand Canyon Caverns soon will open Grotto underground dining area

Grand Canyon Caverns soon will open Grotto underground dining area

Grand Canyon Caverns near Peach Springs, Arizona, in early August will open a Caverns Grotto on an elevated platform as a specialty underground dining area. Frank Kocevar, former owner of Historic Seligman Sundries in nearby Seligman, Arizona, had some details…

Replica of Red’s Giant Hamburg soon will break ground

Replica of Red’s Giant Hamburg soon will break ground

A long-gestating project to re-create the fabled Red’s Giant Hamburg restaurant in Springfield, Missouri, will clear a big hurdle when its developers break ground within the next 30 days. David Campbell, best-known for the Buckingham’s regional barbecue chain, and partner…

Grand Canyon Cafe in Flagstaff reopens

Grand Canyon Cafe in Flagstaff reopens

The historic Grand Canyon Cafe in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, reopened this weekend after a lengthy renovation following an ownership change. Here’s a post on Instagram on Friday: A post shared by Alissa Marquess (@alissamarquess) on Jun 30, 2017 at 10:54am…

Restoration begins on The Tropics sign

Restoration begins on The Tropics sign

The fabled neon sign for the now-closed The Tropics restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, this week was moved to a shop for restoration work for the next six months. The Lincoln Courier reported the sign was moved Tuesday to Ace Sign…

Route 66 has spawned many “new” places

Route 66 has spawned many “new” places

A reader over the weekend asked me what are some of the “new” businesses or attractions on Route 66 in the past 10 years or so. Naturally, this sort of question sent me down a rabbit hole of research for…

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