Fundraising campaign launched to repaint Road Runner’s Retreat neon sign near Chambless

The owner and advocates for the long-closed Road Runner's Retreat restaurant near Chambless, California, have launched an online fundraiser to repaint its neon sign. Those who donate $35 or more to the effort through GoFundMe.com will receive a T-shirt and a reproduction bumper sticker from the 1960s when the restaurant still was in operation along … Continue reading Fundraising campaign launched to repaint Road Runner’s Retreat neon sign near Chambless

Swadley’s Bar-B-Q countersuit allegedly implicates Oklahoma governor, Pinnell

Swadley's Bar-B-Q last week filed a countersuit, alleging the governor and Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, who leads the state's tourism department, knew of the arrangement where the restaurant chain spent millions of dollars in inflated reimbursement invoices to upgrade services at several state parks. The Oklahoman newspaper reported some details about the countersuit: Among the claims … Continue reading Swadley’s Bar-B-Q countersuit allegedly implicates Oklahoma governor, Pinnell

Route 66 Association of Missouri’s Motor Tour includes an exclusive tour of Red Cedar Inn

The Route 66 Association of Missouri's annual Motor Tour in September will include an exclusive tour of the Red Cedar Inn building in Pacific, Missouri, that's being converted into a Route 66 visitors center, museum and genealogy site. "They are almost finished and we are going to be the first people to see the completed … Continue reading Route 66 Association of Missouri’s Motor Tour includes an exclusive tour of Red Cedar Inn

Doc’s Just Off 66 in Girard, formerly Doc’s Soda Fountain, opens to the public

Doc's Just Off 66, formerly Doc's Soda Fountain in downtown Girard, Illinois, opened to the public a few days ago after an ownership change, extensive remodeling and forming new menus. The owners held a "super" soft opening on Saturday, then posted their menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and soda-fountain treats on Facebook shortly after … Continue reading Doc’s Just Off 66 in Girard, formerly Doc’s Soda Fountain, opens to the public

Brewery to convert historic OKC armory building into hotel, restaurant, events center

COOP Ale Works bought the historic armory building on Oklahoma City's 23rd Street corridor for $1.3 million and will convert it into a brewery, hotel, events center and restaurant. The Oklahoman newspaper reported the purchase included five adjacent buildings: The former Veterans Affairs building to the east will be converted into 12 villas with a basement … Continue reading Brewery to convert historic OKC armory building into hotel, restaurant, events center

Woody’s Wood-Fire Pizza in Joplin lands a new owner

A new owner has taken over Woody's Wood Fire Pizza Bar & Oven on the west side of Joplin, Missouri, and he's a fellow who owns two other restaurants in Joplin. Joplin Globe columnist Wally Kennedy reports Pete and Heidi Williams, who owned Woody's for more than 20 years, sold it to Damien Tiregol, owner … Continue reading Woody’s Wood-Fire Pizza in Joplin lands a new owner

Crash destroys hot dog business for Arizona man after Route 66 charity trip

A man from Arizona lost his mobile hot-dog business when a traffic accident destroyed it. According to Fox 10 in Phoenix, Richie Vaia, owner of Richie V's Chicago Dogs in Chandler, Arizona, had handed out free Chicago hot dogs along Route 66 as part of a plan to raise awareness for mental health. The trip … Continue reading Crash destroys hot dog business for Arizona man after Route 66 charity trip

Irv’s Burgers stand returns on Route 66 in West Hollywood

It took four years, but the Irv's Burgers stand and its longtime operator, Sonia Hong, have returned just one door from its previous location along Route 66 in West Hollywood, California. The Hong family, which had owned the historic restaurant since 2000, left its longstanding landmark location in 2013 due to a landlord dispute. LA … Continue reading Irv’s Burgers stand returns on Route 66 in West Hollywood

Shakey’s Pizza in West Hollywood to be demolished for Tesla development

Shakey's Pizza, a fixture since 1964 along Santa Monica Boulevard (aka Route 66) in West Hollywood, California, will be razed to make way for a Tesla development that includes a supercharger station, drive-in theater and diner. Esotouric, which runs historic bus tours in Los Angeles and has been an advocate for historic preservation, was among … Continue reading Shakey’s Pizza in West Hollywood to be demolished for Tesla development

Casper’s Diner to move out of downtown Quonset hut into another location

The historic Casper's Diner, located for decades in a Quonset hut in downtown Springfield, Missouri, is moving to another location near a prominent alignment of Route 66. The Springfield News-Leader reported the restaurant will move from 601 W. Walnut St. and reopen in the old Anton's Coffee Shop building on 937 S. Glenstone Ave. in … Continue reading Casper’s Diner to move out of downtown Quonset hut into another location