Saturday, May 11, 2013

Some Chicago Area Signs You Might Want to Check Out-- Part 1

From the May 3, 2013, Chicago Tribune "Signs of the Times" by Leah Pockett.

'A classic restaurant sign is more than just an advertisement for good food and vintage charm."  The Tribune did a photo spread on some 50+-year-old Chicago area signs as recommended by readers.  Customers like to take pictures of them.

All things being equal, I'm eating at the one with the neater-looking sign.

BUFFO'S:  431 Sheridan Road, Highwood.

Owner Larry Innocenzi says the name means court-jester or clown in Italian so he had Skyline Designs make one for the top of his sign.

HENRY'S DRIVE-IN:  6031 W. Ogden Avenue, Cicero.

Manager Sue Biernacki says there was a different sign back in the 1950s when the place first opened, but the current neon one with hot dog topped with fries and reading "It's a Meal In Itself" has been there since her family bought it 22 years ago.

SEVEN DWARFS FAMILY RESTAURANT:  917 E. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton.

Owner Sam Sadlku took over in 1976 and the restaurant has been there 56 years.  The original owner got the idea for the sign and restaurant name after he saw the movie "Snow White and the Seven dwarfs" back in the 1940s.

Well worth going to the Tribune to see the signs or look them up individually.

More Signs to Come.  --RoadDog

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