Illinois gives $450,000 in grants for Springfield’s Route 66 corridor

The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission last week landed two state grants totaling $450,000 to redevelop the Peoria Road/Ninth Street corridor and a plan to promote Route 66 in the county. The State Journal-Register in Springfield reported: For Sangamon County, this translates into $250,000 for a study of the Peoria Road/Ninth Street Corridor between Cook … Continue reading Illinois gives $450,000 in grants for Springfield’s Route 66 corridor

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Petite woman successfully takes on the Big Texan’s 72-ounce steak challenge

A woman who weighs all of 125 pounds successfully devoured the 72-ounce steak dinner at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo in just 40 minutes last month in a video that has gone viral. The competitive eater and bodybuilder, known as Katina Eats Kilos, apparently was one of the first women to complete the … Continue reading Petite woman successfully takes on the Big Texan’s 72-ounce steak challenge

Donut Man opens satellite location in downtown Los Angeles today

Donut Man, a Route 66 fixture in Glendora, California, opens a second location today in the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles after being delayed for months by the coronavirus pandemic. Eater Los Angeles reports the market sits between Hill Street and Broadway (aka Route 66) in downtown L.A. The second Donut Man location, … Continue reading Donut Man opens satellite location in downtown Los Angeles today

Permits to city of Monrovia indicate Aztec Hotel may reopen in coming months

Two conditional use permits approved by the city planning commission for the city of Monrovia, California, indicate the historic Aztec Hotel will reopen as a lodging establishment with a restaurant after being closed for about nine years. Keith Johnson reported on the Route 66 Los Angeles page on Facebook that the planning commission on May … Continue reading Permits to city of Monrovia indicate Aztec Hotel may reopen in coming months

Ski Lodge Roof House in Daggett will be converted back into a visitor center

The famous Ski Lodge Roof House along Route 66 in Daggett, California, will be restored and brought back to its original purpose as a visitors center. Delvin Roy Harbour posted this bit of information Sunday on Facebook: Terri Terry, secretary and editor for the Daggett Historical Society, confirmed the news in a text message and … Continue reading Ski Lodge Roof House in Daggett will be converted back into a visitor center

Tulsa wants its own Route 66 asset survey to account for city’s older alignment

The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office will conduct a survey of historic assets along Route 66, but the Tulsa Route 66 Commission wants to conduct its own survey that includes the city's older alignment near downtown. According to Public Radio Tulsa: The state is taking an inventory of structures like movie theaters, gas stations and … Continue reading Tulsa wants its own Route 66 asset survey to account for city’s older alignment

Steak ‘n Shakes in Springfield, Missouri, survive the latest corporate purge

The Steak 'n Shake restaurants in Springfield, Missouri -- including a very historic one on Route 66 -- seem to be surviving the latest round of closures by the corporation this week. The Springfield News-Leader reports Biglari Holdings Inc. announced it would close 57 Steak 'n Shakes after it lost more than $138 million in … Continue reading Steak ‘n Shakes in Springfield, Missouri, survive the latest corporate purge

Chef at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm named a Beard Award finalist

The chef at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in an Albuquerque-area village has been named a finalist in the Best Chef: Southwest category of the prestigious James Beard Awards. Jonathan Perno runs the Campo restaurant at the inn and farm at 4803 Rio Grande Blvd NW in Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, New Mexico, … Continue reading Chef at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm named a Beard Award finalist

La Posada, Castaneda Hotel, Plaza Hotel schedule dates for their reopenings

La Posada in Winslow, Arizona The Castaneda Hotel and Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico, will reopen May 18 and La Posada in Winslow, Arizona, will reopen June 8 after closing in March because of the coronavirus. Allan Affeldt, who owns the properties, said those are the recommended dates for easing restrictions in each … Continue reading La Posada, Castaneda Hotel, Plaza Hotel schedule dates for their reopenings

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis will temporarily close today

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, a St. Louis landmark since the 1930s, announced it would close temporarily starting today, citing the health concerns of employees and customers from the coronavirus pandemic. The company stated in a Facebook post it would continue to offer its frozen custard as usual in St. Louis-area grocery stores. Ted Drewes had … Continue reading Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis will temporarily close today