Fine-art photographer lends a hand to struggling Midpoint Cafe

A fine-art photographer based in Amarillo is helping the iconic Midpoint Cafe in nearby Adrian, Texas, as it struggles through the economic ripples of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Livingston, whom many readers may remember from his "I Am Route 66" project, said he would donate proceeds from the sale of photographs of the Route 66 … Continue reading Fine-art photographer lends a hand to struggling Midpoint Cafe

Latest RoadTripOK video concentrates on sites in and near Claremore

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features a restaurant and museum in Claremore and a unique park in nearby rural Foyil. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/MgNAkg_WBkw Here are the three places the video covers: Will Rogers Memorial MuseumHammett House restaurantEd Galloway's Totem Pole Park Oklahoma Tourism and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced last fall they … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video concentrates on sites in and near Claremore

Standard Diner in Albuquerque closes, will convert to Range Cafe

The Standard Diner closed Monday after 14 years along Route 66 in Albuquerque but will be converted into a Range Cafe later this week. The Albuquerque Journal reported the restaurant's conversion into a Range Cafe will be complete by Friday. The Standard Diner announced the closing and conversion to a Range Cafe in a Facebook … Continue reading Standard Diner in Albuquerque closes, will convert to Range Cafe

Route 66 Association of Missouri raising money to restore Red Cedar Inn sign

The Route 66 Association of Missouri has launched a fundraiser to help restore the neon sign for the former Red Cedar Inn restaurant. The city of Pacific, Missouri, eventually will convert the Route 66 landmark into a history and visitors center. Association President Rich Dinkela launched a Facebook Pay campaign for the neon sign restoration. … Continue reading Route 66 Association of Missouri raising money to restore Red Cedar Inn sign

Turquoise Room chef at La Posada in Winslow to depart on Oct. 1

You only have a few weeks left to enjoy the Southwest cuisine of longtime chef John Sharpe at La Posada's acclaimed Turquoise Room restaurant in Winslow, Arizona. Sharpe and his wife, Patricia, stated in the restaurant's email newsletter last week titled "TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!!!!" that "the time has come to hand the space back … Continue reading Turquoise Room chef at La Posada in Winslow to depart on Oct. 1

Pasadena restaurant’s makeover reveals a vintage facade and neon

A restaurant renovating a building along an alignment of Route 66 in Pasadena, California, found a long-forgotten facade. The restaurant plans to preserve it and has "some cool plans in the works." Howlin' Ray's, which serves Nashville hot chicken, was doing a face-lift on the building at 800 Arroyo Parkway (aka Route 66) when it … Continue reading Pasadena restaurant’s makeover reveals a vintage facade and neon

Galaxy Diner in Flagstaff reopens after a one-year closure

The historic Galaxy Diner in Flagstaff, Arizona, recently reopened after it shuttered in August 2019 during a supposedly temporary closure for renovations. The restaurant's longtime manager, Will Pillen, reopened the diner after previous owner JB's Family Restaurants Inc. declared bankruptcy and shut it down. The Arizona Daily Sun, based in Flagstaff, reported: Pillen continued managing … Continue reading Galaxy Diner in Flagstaff reopens after a one-year closure

Latest RoadTrip OK video takes in a trio of sites on Tulsa’s Route 66

The latest in a series of Oklahoma Road Trip videos delves into three sites along Route 66 in Tulsa. They are: Tally's Good Food CafeBuck Atom's Cosmic Curios on 66Route 66 Historical Village Here's the video: https://youtu.be/G1UHkvmC6m0 The Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films about a year ago announced about 50 road-trip films, including Route … Continue reading Latest RoadTrip OK video takes in a trio of sites on Tulsa’s Route 66

Charcoal Oven restaurant soon will resurface on Oklahoma City’s Route 66

The Charcoal Oven restaurant in Oklahoma City -- best known for its terrific neon sign -- that closed four years ago will resurface soon along a Route 66 alignment in that town. Don't expect that neon sign to make a return, though. OKCTalk.com, which is plugged into business happenings in that region, tweeted out the … Continue reading Charcoal Oven restaurant soon will resurface on Oklahoma City’s Route 66

Launching Pad Drive-In will remain closed until spring due to COVID-19 pandemic

The owners of the revived Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, Illinois, said they would keep their Route 66 restaurant closed until spring "to protect our family, employees and patrons" from COVID-19. Tully Garrett and Holly Barker made the announcement Friday on Instagram and other social media. It stated, in part: We have carefully watched this … Continue reading Launching Pad Drive-In will remain closed until spring due to COVID-19 pandemic