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New Jobe’s owner will turn it into antique store

The new owner of Jobe’s Drive-In in El Reno, Oklahoma, will convert the Route 66 restaurant into a “cowboys and Indians” antique store after buying it at auction last weekend, according to the El Reno Tribune. Cliff Johnson, a musician,…

Albuquerque, former worker settle lawsuit with Route 66 Malt Shop

Albuquerque, former worker settle lawsuit with Route 66 Malt Shop

The city of Albuquerque and a former restaurant employee settled a lawsuit against the Route 66 Malt Shop over the eatery’s refusal to pay a voter-mandated minimum wage increase, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The lawsuit was filed two years…

Final cruise planned for Jobe’s Drive-In

Residents of El Reno, Oklahoma, are planning a cruise Friday night in tribute to the longtime owner of Jobe’s Drive-In restaurant, who plans to auction his property the next morning. Called The Last Cruise, about 400 people had signed up…

UFO-themed hotel planned in Baker

UFO-themed hotel planned in Baker

An entrepreneur is planning a $30 million, science fiction-themed UFO Hotel in Baker, California, about 50 miles northeast of Barstow, according to a news release. Luis Ramallo, best-known for Alien Fresh Jerky store in Baker, plans to build the two-story,…

Movie being filmed in Tucumcari

A major film, “Comancheria,” starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster, is being filmed in and around the Route 66 town of Tucumcari, New Mexico, this week, according to the Quay County Sun newspaper and other accounts. CBS Films…

Negro Motorist Green Book project wins grant

Negro Motorist Green Book project wins grant

A project to document Route 66 properties listed in editions of the Negro Motorist Green Book was awarded a 2015 grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. According a release from the foundation, it awarded…

A closer look at the Route 66 Experience design

A closer look at the Route 66 Experience design

A few hours after I filed the story about the impending announcement Wednesday about the Route 66 Experience museum complex in Tulsa, I received architect renderings of the building that’s set to open sometime in 2018. As you can see,…

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