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Pat's Family Restaurant
Phoenix, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The pouring coffee cup points the way into Pat's Family Restaurant near the downtown portion of Phoenix. The coffee cup icon looks real refreshing on a busy and tiring trip, though the restaurant wasn't open the last couple of times. Word is that the diner dates back to 1963 under different names.

UPDATE 10/06 : The coffee cup sign for Pat's Restaurant is the old sign for Mel's Diner on the TV show Alice. Many thanks to Brad Burdick for update. 10-06

UPDATE : The location is now home to Mel's Diner. 06-23


Butterfield Stage Co
Holbrook, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Route 66Here's the sign for the Butterfield Stage Co. Steakhouse restaurant, located off the Route 66 loop in Holbrook. There always seems to be a crowd at this steakhouse at dinner time. Word is the restaurant was built in 1947.


The old billboard looking sign advertising the Butterfield Stage Co. Steakhouse


Marquee Restaurant
Mesa, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Next time you think of a marquee, think of a big ol' chicken. This neon chicken at the Marquee Restaurant is located right off the roadside in Mesa, AZ. Not sure what the food is like here.






Bill Johnson's Big Apple (Closed)
Phoenix, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This large sign for Bill Johnson's Big Apple is a fine reminder to the era when roadside businesses used to rely on roadside advertising and large signs to survive and make a buck. Bill Johnson who founded the restaurant chain was a cowboy and actor. Upon opening the restaurant in 1956, he would broadcast his radio show from inside.


UPDATE 09/17 : Here's another photo of the Johnson's Big Apple sign. Unfortunately, the chain experienced hard times and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2015. All three of its locations are now closed. 09-17



Bill Johnson's Big Apple
The full marquee
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com



Cobbs Restaurant
Apache Junction, AZ
Photo and info courtesy Elgin MacMillan


Here's a sign that brings back memories from Apache Junction Arizona. The Cobbs Restaurant has been in business for at least 40 years now. The canopy area you see in the overall shot used to be parking lot. You can also see the famous Superstition Mountain in the back ground. Apache Junction used to be like the town Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show, complete with only two cops and a gymkhana right off the main drag (Apache Trail).









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