29th neon sign created or restored through Tulsa’s Route 66 Neon Sign Grant program

Tulsa's Route 66 Neon Sign Grant Program recently saw the 29th sign through its program glow to life. The latest is The Meat and Cheese Show shop at the corner of 11th Street (aka Route 66) and Peoria Avenue. The Meat and Cheese Show is a collaboration between two local chefs, offering catering, Tulsa cheeses … Continue reading 29th neon sign created or restored through Tulsa’s Route 66 Neon Sign Grant program

Big Texan in Amarillo marks its 10,000th 72-ounce steak challenge

The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo earlier this month celebrated its 10,000th contestant attempting to consume its famous 72-ounce steak dinner. The 10,000th dinner was eaten on Sept. 1 by John Lamons, who accomplished the feat just seconds short of the 60-minute deadline to get it for free. The challenge requires one to eat … Continue reading Big Texan in Amarillo marks its 10,000th 72-ounce steak challenge

Clifton’s in downtown Los Angeles likely will reopen next month

The historic Clifton's in downtown Los Angeles is scheduled to reopen in October after being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. When developer Andrew Meieran purchased the property at 648 S. Broadway and reopened it six years ago after $14 million in renovations, he expanded the public access from two to five levels of the building, … Continue reading Clifton’s in downtown Los Angeles likely will reopen next month

Owner of Charcoal Oven in OKC donates neon sign to Billboard Museum

The owner of The Charcoal Oven in Oklahoma City officially has donated its iconic neon sign to the Billboard Museum five years after the restaurant closed. Kathy Anderson, one of the officers of the museum, made the announcement on Facebook on Sunday: The next day, all signage started to be removed by G&S Sign Services, … Continue reading Owner of Charcoal Oven in OKC donates neon sign to Billboard Museum

Quinn’s Shell station in Bloomington likely will be torn down soon

The closed Quinn's Shell gas station in Bloomington, Illinois, that was owned by an Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame member likely will face the wrecking ball in the coming weeks. According to Pantagraph columnist Bill Flick, the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission will meet this week to review a demolition permit of Quinn’s Shell at … Continue reading Quinn’s Shell station in Bloomington likely will be torn down soon

Location of Kingman 66 Fest causes consternation with downtown businesses

The location of the Kingman 66 Fest in Kingman, Arizona, and the apparent lack of communication about the event sparked an uproar with the city's downtown businesses, according to a local media outlet. The Bee reports the Kingman 66 Fest on Nov. 5-6 at Lewis Kingman Park two miles from downtown was "quietly" planned, even … Continue reading Location of Kingman 66 Fest causes consternation with downtown businesses

9/11 memorial garden in Winslow features beams from the fallen Twin Towers

On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks on the United States, it's good to remember a 9/11 memorial garden in Winslow, Arizona, that includes two large beams from the destroyed Twin Towers of New York City. According to a feature by KPNX-TV in Phoenix, retired Winslow Councilwoman Dee Rodriguez was tasked … Continue reading 9/11 memorial garden in Winslow features beams from the fallen Twin Towers

Volunteer cleanup effort at Road Runner’s Retreat set for Oct. 16-17

The historic but long-closed Road Runner’s Retreat complex on Route 66 near Chambless, California, is hosting its annual cleanup weekend on Oct. 16-17. According to the High Desert Daily: Former owner Duke Dotson will be on hand to share stories of his childhood growing up at Road Runner’s Retreat during Route 66’s heyday. The 1960’s Googie-Style … Continue reading Volunteer cleanup effort at Road Runner’s Retreat set for Oct. 16-17

U-Drop Inn’s restaurant officially reopens for the first time in decades

The restaurant inside the historic U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas, officially opened for business Wednesday after about a one-week trial run. It's the first time a restaurant has operated in the Route 66 landmark in more than 25 years. The U-Drop Inn Cafe will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday … Continue reading U-Drop Inn’s restaurant officially reopens for the first time in decades

Restored version of “The Outsiders” film to be screened at Circle Cinema in Tulsa on Sept. 26, 29

The Circle Cinema of Tulsa, in partnership with The Outsiders House Museum in town, will show a newly restored cut of "The Outsiders Complete Novel" -- a final version of Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton's classic book -- on 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and 7 p.m. Sept. 29. The Circle Cinema, along … Continue reading Restored version of “The Outsiders” film to be screened at Circle Cinema in Tulsa on Sept. 26, 29