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Former Cafe on the Route is up for sale

Former Cafe on the Route is up for sale

The historic building in Baxter Springs, Kansas, best-known as the former home of Cafe on the Route, apparently has been put up for sale, based on a slick video and website touting the property. The website’s name uses property’s address, 1101…

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Is the Big Texan Steak Ranch on Route 66?

Is the Big Texan Steak Ranch on Route 66?

The answer: Yes. It sits on an obscure and short-lived alignment of Route 66 from the 1920s. More on this later. While recently reporting the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, likely will begin building a bigger complex soon, I wrote this…

La Paloma marks 50th anniversary

La Paloma marks 50th anniversary

La Paloma restaurant along Route 66 in La Verne, California, is marking its 50th year this week. But according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the Mexican restaurant’s roots go back even further, to the 1920s: That’s when the property…

Chicago plans Route 66 birthday party Saturday

Chicago plans Route 66 birthday party Saturday

On Saturday, Chicago will host a 90th-birthday party for Route 66 near the eastern terminus of the Mother Road. According to Time Out Chicago, the Illinois Office of Tourism will throw up a pop-up birthday party for Route 66 on Jackson Boulevard in downtown…

Stolen Cross Eyed Cow minibus recovered

Stolen Cross Eyed Cow minibus recovered

The customized Volkswagen minibus stolen two weeks ago from the Cross Eyed Cow restaurant in Oro Grande, California, was recovered Monday, but not without scary moments. The minivan now is in a tow yard in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The Cross Eyed Cow‘s owners hope…

Summit Inn ownership soon will change

Summit Inn ownership soon will change

The Summit Inn, situated off old Route 66 on the top of Cajon Pass in southern California, will change hands after almost 50 years under ownership by C.A. Stevens. The Victorville Daily Press reports the Otto Recinos family of nearby Wrightwood, California,…

Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa gets new owners

Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa gets new owners

Local residents purchased the closed Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and plan to eventually reopen it as a sandwich shop and bed-and-breakfast. The Communicator newspaper reported in last week’s print edition Arthur and Anastacia Baca completed the…

Cross Eyed Cow minibus stolen

Cross Eyed Cow minibus stolen

A Volkswagen minibus perennially parked in front of the Cross Eyed Cow Pizza restaurant in Oro Grande, California, was stolen, and the owner has offered a reward for its return. According to the Victor Valley News: If you’ve ever traveled along Route 66…

Truck damages Cindy’s Eagle Rock restaurant

Truck damages Cindy’s Eagle Rock restaurant

Cindy’s Eagle Rock, aka Cindy’s Coffee Shop, in Los Angeles will close for several weeks for repairs after a pickup truck crashed through the entrance when the restaurant was closed. According to Los Angeles Eater, the mishap occurred about 1 a.m.…

McDonald’s plans to build at old Tropics property

McDonald’s plans to build at old Tropics property

Any lingering hopes the long-closed Tropics restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, would be reopened were dashed last week with the news a McDonald’s restaurant wants to build on the site. The Lincoln Courier reports a law firm made a request for a…

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