“Two for the Road” episode on PBS-TV features the Texas Panhandle

A PBS-TV show titled "Two for the Road" recently aired a special episode that features the Texas Panhandle, of which a prominent portion includes Route 66 country. The show generously showcases the Route 66 towns of Shamrock, McLean, Groom, Amarillo, Vega, Adrian and Glenrio, along with Palo Duro Canyon, a popular side trip south of … Continue reading “Two for the Road” episode on PBS-TV features the Texas Panhandle

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

Texas adds restrictions to restaurants, closes bars because of COVID-19 surge

Route 66 travelers will find closed taverns today and restaurants capped at 50% capacity in Texas starting Monday after the governor imposed new restrictions because of a steep rise in coronavirus cases there. Gov. Greg Abbott issued these orders Friday: All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from … Continue reading Texas adds restrictions to restaurants, closes bars because of COVID-19 surge

Midpoint Cafe reopens with new owners March 28

The landmark Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop in Adrian, Texas, will hold its grand reopening for the season March 28 with its new owners, Brenda Hammit and Carrie O'Leary. According to a post Thursday on the restaurant's Facebook page, Hammit had worked at the Route 66 landmark for five years. Her sister, O'Leary, recently relocated … Continue reading Midpoint Cafe reopens with new owners March 28

Former Midpoint Cafe owner running for mayor of Adrian

Fran Houser, former longtime owner of the landmark Midpoint Cafe and current owner of the nearby Sunflower Station in Adrian, Texas, is running for mayor in the tiny Texas Panhandle town. Houser filed for candidacy two weeks ago, but her campaign got a boost Thursday with a semi-viral video from a local woman on Facebook. … Continue reading Former Midpoint Cafe owner running for mayor of Adrian

Midpoint Cafe’s likely future owner is revealed

Midpoint Cafe co-owner Dennis Purschwitz said he wouldn't reveal its new owner or owners until spring, but the restaurant's previous owner -- and other folks -- apparently are letting the cat out of the bag. Fran Houser, who owned the Route 66 restaurant and gift shop in Adrian, Texas, for about 20 years when it … Continue reading Midpoint Cafe’s likely future owner is revealed

Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop likely has new owners

The co-owners of the Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop in Adrian, Texas, on Tuesday said they have accepted an offer from at least two people to buy the restaurant, with the sale anticipated to close in the early spring. Dennis Purschwitz and his wife, Donna, made the announcement on the restaurant's Facebook page. They declined … Continue reading Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop likely has new owners

Midpoint Cafe goes back on the market

The owner of the Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop, a Route 66 landmark in Adrian, Texas, has put the property up for sale again because of health issues. Dennis Purschwitz wrote Wednesday night on Facebook: Although I am doing better health wise than this time last year, I still have further to go. I realize … Continue reading Midpoint Cafe goes back on the market

Honeymooners’ trip down Route 66

The good folks at the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, flagged this video the other day on Facebook, saying: Giacomo and Giulia from Italy traveled Route 66 on their Honeymoon earlier this year, and we were honored to have them as our guests. They've just released this fun video of their trip. I … Continue reading Honeymooners’ trip down Route 66

Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian reopens

The Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian, Texas, reopened last week after a hiatus of more than a decade. And the new proprietors also own The Bent Door cafe along Route 66 in Adrian, which they also hope to reopen sometime next year. Roy and Ramona Kiewert reopened the Fabulous 40 Motel on Oct. 7 after buying the … Continue reading Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian reopens