Long-closed gas station in Miami to be converted into Route 66-themed restaurant

A long-vacant gas station at a prominent corner of Miami, Oklahoma, will be converted into a Route 66-themed bistro, tea house and ice cream shop. The Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma recently purchased the former Texaco station that dates to the 1920s, reported the Miami News-Record. The property sits at South Main Street and Steve Owens … Continue reading Long-closed gas station in Miami to be converted into Route 66-themed restaurant

Restoration completed on Red Cedar Inn’s neon sign near Pacific, Missouri

The Route 66 Association of Missouri's restoration of the neon sign at the closed Red Cedar Inn restaurant in Pacific, Missouri, culminated with a ceremonial relighting Sunday night at the site. Below is a video from the event. Ginger Gallagher, who once ran the property, throws the switch shortly after the 9-minute mark: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1063540707428029 The … Continue reading Restoration completed on Red Cedar Inn’s neon sign near Pacific, Missouri

RoadTripOK crew posts finale of its 52-week video series

The RoadTripOK crew this week posted its final video from a yearlong weekly series of attractions in Oklahoma, including several along Route 66. Two of the destinations are in the Route 66 town of Oklahoma City: the Oklahoma State Capitol Tourism Information Center, which has many Oklahoma travel souvenirs and free travel brochures and maps, … Continue reading RoadTripOK crew posts finale of its 52-week video series

Lou Mitchell’s, other restaurants in Illinois close indefinitely because of COVID-19

Lou Mitchell's, a traditional starting or ending point in Chicago for Route 66 travelers, and other Windy City restaurants have closed indefinitely because of restrictions imposed by the governor among an upswing of coronavirus cases there. In a Facebook post, Lou Mitchell's stated it was only its second closure in 98 years. "We hope to … Continue reading Lou Mitchell’s, other restaurants in Illinois close indefinitely because of COVID-19

Latest RoadTripOK video again concentrates on Oklahoma City

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features sites near Route 66 in Oklahoma City, the second time this series has featured it. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/TAUdwDSfJOE Here are the places the video spotlights: 21c Museum HotelAsian DistrictTower Theatre Oklahoma Tourism and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced last fall they would launch a year-long series … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video again concentrates on Oklahoma City

Muffler Man statue planned at Uranus Missouri complex

Louie Keen, the self-proclaimed mayor of the Uranus Missouri complex near St. Robert, Missouri, announced plans to erect a Muffler Man fiberglass statue in his own image next month. Keen revealed the plan in a Facebook post Wednesday: https://www.facebook.com/MayorofUranus/posts/3408565502560705 Keen calls it a "Mega-Mayor" statue that obviously is patterned after his "official" costume of a … Continue reading Muffler Man statue planned at Uranus Missouri complex

Latest RoadTripOK video again features Tulsa

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features sites near Route 66 in Tulsa, the second time this series has featured the city. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/PdCon3lWWys Here are the places the video spotlights: Gathering PlaceMother Road MarketPhilbrook Museum of Art Oklahoma Tourism and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced last fall they would launch a … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video again features Tulsa

Mitla Cafe of San Bernardino finishes in Final Four of tortilla tournament

The historic Mitla Cafe along Route 66 in San Bernardino, California, recently advanced to the semifinals of the rugged KCRW Tortilla Tournament in the corn tortilla division. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen, who noted the restaurant dates to 1937, passed along these details about the competition: While first-timer Mitla was entered in both … Continue reading Mitla Cafe of San Bernardino finishes in Final Four of tortilla tournament

15th neon sign built or restored along Tulsa’s Route 66 corridor

The Mother Road Market and Shops at Mother Road Market on Wednesday unveiled their new neon sign on the roof of one of their buildings at Lewis Avenue and 11th Street (aka Route 66) in Tulsa. It was the 15th sign that was newly built or restored on Tulsa's Route 66 with the city's Route … Continue reading 15th neon sign built or restored along Tulsa’s Route 66 corridor

Former owners of Kellys Brew Pub in Albuquerque pay $1.4M in settlement

A local judge this week ordered two previous owners of Kellys Brew Pub and Restaurant in Albuquerque to pay nearly $1.4 million as part of settling a class-action lawsuit for underpaying its employees. The Albuquerque Journal reported: Former owners Dennis and Janice Bonfantine will pay $1,375,000 in legal costs and payments to servers who worked … Continue reading Former owners of Kellys Brew Pub in Albuquerque pay $1.4M in settlement