Thursday, May 16, 2013

Some Chicago Area Signs You Might Want to Check Out-- Part 5

Again, nothing like an old, neat sign to hook me into a visit.  By the way, interesting to note the last names of the owners/co-owners in this series of entries.

DELISH DINER, 2018 W. DIVISION, CHICAGO

Co-owner Charles Kowalski:  "The sign itself has been around for about 60 years in the Chicagoland area.  It was originally outside a diner for 50 years, and then my brother purchased the sign from them about two years ago.

It was made before I was born.  Now we live in a Yelp generation (?) where people make up their minds about a place before they come in...but this sign is a piece of history."


Q'S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA, 4841 BUTTERFIELD ROAD, HILLSIDE

Owner Mike Allred:  "A company here in Hillside, Chicago Neon, made our sign with neon and porcelain.  The big letter Q stands for 'quality plus quantity.'  Everyone in the neighborhood uses it as a landmark: 'We're right near the Big Q sign; you can't miss it." 

People driving on Butterfield Road have to stop and check the place out.


GRAZIANO'S BRICK OVEN PIZZA, 5960 W. TOUHY AVE., NILES

Owner Steven Demet:  "Our restaurant has been open for 20 years and the sign has been up 15.  Arrow Signs was the company that manufactured it, (and they) made the 'A' of Graziano's in the shape of a pizza (slice).

I'm hoping the Tribune makes this a semi-regular article as there are sure a lot more interesting signs.

I Yelp Not.  (What is a Yelp person?)  --RoadDog

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