Blue Front Cafe in Amarillo abruptly closes

The Blue Front Cafe along the Sixth Avenue alignment of Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas, closed its doors in January, according to two local media outlets. KFDA-TV in Amarillo reported about a week ago about the Blue Front's closure and a downtown restaurant, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant: Down on 6th street and Jefferson the restaurant Blue … Continue reading Blue Front Cafe in Amarillo abruptly closes

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Arizona woman eats two 72-ounce steaks in an hour at Big Texan in Amarillo

Here's a stomach-churning feat: A woman from Arizona devoured not one, but two 72-ounce steak dinners in about an hour at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. The Big Texan posted this message and two photos on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon: This lovely lady @omgitsmiki from Tucson, AZ completed not only one, but TWO … Continue reading Arizona woman eats two 72-ounce steaks in an hour at Big Texan in Amarillo

Arsonist torches one of the cars at Cadillac Ranch

An apparent arsonist early Sunday set fire to one of the classic cars that make up the landmark Cadillac Ranch on Amarillo's west side. KAMR-TV in Amarillo reported the first fire call came in at 2:12 a.m. The fire was extinguished, and no arrests have been made. The administrator at the Cadillac Ranch page on … Continue reading Arsonist torches one of the cars at Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo’s tallest building named to National Register of Historic Places

The tallest skyscraper in the Texas Panhandle, located in Amarillo, this week was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The FirstBank Southwest Tower at 600 S. Tyler St. in Amarillo, next to the Sixth Avenue alignment of Route 66 in downtown Amarillo, earned the designation Wednesday, according to an email Friday from the … Continue reading Amarillo’s tallest building named to National Register of Historic Places

Barfield Building in Amarillo added to National Register of Historic Places

The long-closed Barfield Building in downtown Amarillo that will become a Marriott hotel recently was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The listing was effective Jan. 11 but wasn't known until last week's email from the National Park Service that was delayed by the 35-day government shutdown. On the National Register nomination form, … Continue reading Barfield Building in Amarillo added to National Register of Historic Places

Hotel project in Amarillo would connect with Big Texan Steak Ranch

The Amarillo City Council on Tuesday night approved a Tax lncrement Reinvestment Zone No. 2 development agreement that would connect a proposed four-story hotel with a walkway to the famous Big Texan Steak Ranch. According a story in the Amarillo Globe-News, developers are building a 123-unit Home2 Suites by Hilton along Interstate 40 on the city's east … Continue reading Hotel project in Amarillo would connect with Big Texan Steak Ranch

Amarillo Route 66 art prominently featured in Plainview gallery

Route 66 artwork from Amarillo figures prominently in an art show in the unlikely locale of Plainview, Texas (pop. 20,700). The "Yellow City Art" show at Contemporary Art Museum Plainview, which runs through February, features the work of photographer Ed Ruscha (known for his 1963 "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" photo book) and the late Stanley Marsh … Continue reading Amarillo Route 66 art prominently featured in Plainview gallery

Sheverb’s new video shot partly on Route 66

An all-female band based in Austin with a terrifically descriptive name, Sheverb, recently released a new music video that partially was shot on Route 66. The video is titled "Thunder Lizard." The instrumental wouldn't sound out-of-place on the "Pulp Fiction" soundtrack. https://youtu.be/PxVhZx6qaq4 In a news release, Sheverb stated the video was shot at Classical Gas, … Continue reading Sheverb’s new video shot partly on Route 66

City of Amarillo condemns former Crystal Pistol building

The former Crystal Pistol building along Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas, was condemned by the city for code violations. If the owner doesn't do anything to address those, the structure will be demolished. KVII-TV in Amarillo explains why: Since 2012, the Amarillo Police Department has been called out to 907 E Amarillo Blvd approximately 122 … Continue reading City of Amarillo condemns former Crystal Pistol building

Sod Poodles chosen as name of Amarillo baseball team

The new Amarillo minor-league baseball team, an AA affiliate of the San Diego Padres, announced Tuesday afternoon the name of its club will be the Sod Poodles. Sod Poodles is another name for prairie dogs, an animal native to the Texas Plains. The team also will be called the Soddies, for short. Other finalists for … Continue reading Sod Poodles chosen as name of Amarillo baseball team