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When Retro Roadhusband were driving down Route 30 / The Lincoln Highway in Paradise, PA Sunday we were saddened to see that Jacob Zoon Hex Signs store was closed and the property being offered for sale.

jacob zook hex sign store closed realtor information

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RetroRoadsis just called me about the sad news that Pago Pago in Milford MA, a tiki destination for almost 40 years, is closing this Saturday.  You can read all about it here at the Milfor Daily News, and here are some photos of Pago Pago from a visit I had in 2009.

Pago Pago

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I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, so I’ll just consider this a heads up for those of you who might be hankering for a small greasy hamburger or cheeseburger in the Collingswood NJ area – Roney’s Restaurant – a landmark on Route 130 is now officially closed. Originally opened as a White Tower over 50 years ago, the plan is to demolish it to make way for road widening. Anyone want to save those Hamburger letters for me?!

Roney's Restaurant and Hamburgers Collingswood NJ Closed

I had heard a while ago that Roneys would close because of this project – but as you can see from the cheery colors – it doesn’t look closed ’til you get real close. Get even closer and you’ll see the note left on the door:

Note for Roney's Restaurant Customers“Roney’s Customers, Morning, Afternoon, Late-Night Roney’s is closed due to the road construction that will be taking place.

We have relocated to our other restaurant The Dugout 5105 N. Park Drive, Pennsauken, Cooper River Plaza.

Hours Mon-Fri 6am – until, Sat-Sun 6am- until. Need more Info call 856-651-7141.”

We had grabbed a quick burger there years ago, but never stopped by again, assuming- as we all do – that because it had been around for so long it would in turn be around forever. Here’s a link to Hawk Krall’s (of Drawing For Food) post from last May about his visit to Roney’s so you can get a feel for what it was like before it closed down.

Here’s a link to an article about Roney’s that was just published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 3/7/11

So make sure to visit your local local, before it too becomes a bump in the road!

Don’t worry, we’ll be back to our upbeat programming momentarily – with all sorts of info about swing dancing, vintage fabrics, beautiful neon, and yet another adventure we’re going on in March!

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Thanks to Diner Man Spencer Stewart and his blog Diner Hunter for sharing this great post from Kevin Patrick about the neglected / closed / abandoned vintage diners of New Jersey.

mac-diner-new-brunswick-nj-kevin-fitzpatrick-retro-roadmapUsing the same Preservation New Jersey list of the top 10 endangered historic sites that I did as inspiration for my New Jersey diner photo exnibit currently in Wildwood, he shows the other side of the coin, and what can happen to these great places if they aren’t given the love and support they need. Take heed peoples!

Check out Kevin’s post and list of the top 10 endangered diners in New Jersey which are no longer open as well as the ones that are getting close to that point. One look at his great photos show that these places are definitely worth a chance at saving and reopening.Thanks Kevin for such a detailed well thought out piece, and for allowing me to spread the word about these places here on Retro Roadmap.

If I win the lottery, I’ll take care of all of these sadly neglected places that need some love and appreciation. Just like all the puppies at the pet store!

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