Apache Motel in Tucumcari to be restored; is scheduled to reopen by late summer

The long-closed Apache Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, has landed new owners who plan to restore it -- including its massive neon sign -- and reopen it by late summer. I found out about the project last week when I saw crews working around the property at 1106 E. Tucumcari Blvd. (aka Route 66) in … Continue reading Apache Motel in Tucumcari to be restored; is scheduled to reopen by late summer

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El Rancho Hotel in Gallup offers rooms for respiratory patients during pandemic

The historic El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico, is offering homeless respiratory patients a place to self-isolate while being tested for the coronavirus. The program is under the auspices of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Gallup Indian Medical Center and the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment nonprofit organization. Those patients will be housed … Continue reading El Rancho Hotel in Gallup offers rooms for respiratory patients during pandemic

Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari closes until at least April 12

Citing problems caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the owners of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, announced Thursday they would close the Route 66 icon for at least 2 1/2 weeks. Co-owners Kevin and Nancy Mueller announced in a Facebook post on Thursday they would close the motel starting today, then reassess … Continue reading Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari closes until at least April 12

More details emerge about restoration of Monterey Motel in Albuquerque

The Monterey Motel in Albuquerque, next door to the redeveloped and equally historic El Vado Motel, is undergoing renovations that will take it back to its original look. Above is a vintage postcard of the motel, back when it was called the Monterey Court. The Albuquerque Journal had some details about the work being done: … Continue reading More details emerge about restoration of Monterey Motel in Albuquerque

La Posada temporarily closes because of coronavirus

The historic La Posada hotel, formerly a Harvey House in Winslow, Arizona, temporarily closed Monday for the first time since its reopening 23 years ago. The closure is happening because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The hotel posted on its Facebook page: As difficult as it was for us to make this decision, we realize … Continue reading La Posada temporarily closes because of coronavirus

De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque celebrates grand reopening

De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque, previously closed along Route 66 for years, celebrated its grand reopening last week after years of reconstruction. Mayor Tim Keller, City Councilor Pat Davis and Deputy Cabinet Secretary Jon Clark attended the reopening, reported The Daily Lobo, a student-run newspaper for the University of New Mexico. "This is not … Continue reading De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque celebrates grand reopening

Brookshire Motel in Tulsa catches fire again

The closed Brookshire Motel caught fire for a second time in 13 months last week, adding doubt on whether the historic Route 66 motel ever will be restored. The northernmost wing of the motel caught fire Thursday night, probably by homeless vagrants who broke into the property and started a fire to keep warm. The … Continue reading Brookshire Motel in Tulsa catches fire again

Chef at The Turquoise Room at La Posada will retire later this year

John Sharpe, chef at The Turquoise Room at La Posada in Winslow, Arizona, will retire in September after 20 years at the helm of the acclaimed restaurant and is looking for a replacement. Sharpe made the announcement Saturday afternoon during his regular newsletter for the restaurant: After 20 years Patricia and I will move over … Continue reading Chef at The Turquoise Room at La Posada will retire later this year

America’s Value Inn in Tulsa becomes second Route 66 motel destroyed by fire in a month

Fire destroyed America's Value Inn in Tulsa on Saturday, the second Route 66 motel in a month to fall victim to such a calamity. The fires also were near the historic Brookshire Motel, which barely a year ago also was heavily damaged by a blaze. The three fires have one thing in common -- vacant … Continue reading America’s Value Inn in Tulsa becomes second Route 66 motel destroyed by fire in a month

Fire damages restaurant near Flamingo Inn in Elk City

A fire Friday night heavily damaged Pedro's Mexican Grill, formerly Phillip Bell's Famous Flamingo, next to the historic Flamingo Inn motel in Elk City, Oklahoma. According to The Elk City News, the fire at the restaurant at 2010 W. Third St. (aka Route 66) was reported at 11:52 p.m. Friday. There were no injuries, and … Continue reading Fire damages restaurant near Flamingo Inn in Elk City