“On Route-66 Lights”: Sparkin’ it up on the Mother Road

Dive into WeHo's Art on the Outside! (Photo courtesy of Museum of Neon Art)

To celebrate 25 years of cityhood, West Hollywood collaborated with the Museum of Neon Art for the ultimate party decorations!

“On Route-66 Lights“, four neon signs from MONA’s vintage collection, will be unveiled in an August 5th opening ceremony by Mayor John Heliman as part of the anniversary Art on the Outside project, intended to enhance the city’s pedestrian-friendly culture (which gives the Zinke’s Shoe Repair sign a special significance….)

The Diver, La Fonda, and Zinke’s Shoe Repair neon signs can be eyed along the Santa Monica Boulevard center median near Barney’s Beanery while the Winchell’s Donut sign pops up in Plummer’s Park.  MONA’s neon cruise guide Eric Lynxwiler (dubbed “Mr. Saturday Night” in  L.A. Weekly’s “2010 People” ) has written a special Route 66 tour map for the occasion and a special WeHo/Route 66/Sunset Boulevard neon tour is in the works.  (Sign up deets below, Go Go’ers!)  You can pick up a free brochure with information on the 50+ WeHo  neon sites at MONA, WeHo City Hall, and the Plummer Park Community Center (just follow the Winchell’s Donut sign!) or check out the gorgeous Flickr slideshow on the WeHo site, which has detailed descriptions of Route 66 and WeHo-adjacent neon.

Bar flies, rockers,  dive drinkers, and other lush lifers are bound to find much of this neon very, very familiar.

Light up the night at Mexico Restaurante y Barra. (Photo courtesy of Mexico Restaurante y Barra)

Whether before or after a celebration of caged lightning, what better place to drink and dine than at Larry Nicola’s Mexico Restaurante y Barra: the eatery inspired by a neon sign (spotted by Nicola in a Mexican antique shop) and informed by the chef’s passion for south-of-the-border comida y bebida.  The famous wood-fired oven is responsible for signature dishes such as duck taquitos with mole and chile rellenos with queso Oaxaca; the 5PM – 7PM happy hour is responsible for the $4 cervezas and $5 premium margaritas.  In other words, you’ve got plenty of time to start the anniversary party early before ambling over to the grand opening.

Giving you a chance to be as lit up as the art.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

“On Route-66 Lights” Grand Opening party

Thursday, August 5 from 7:30 – 9:00PM

Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial

Santa Monica Boulevard at Holloway Drive

(Across from Barney’s Beanery, 8447 Santa Monica Boulevard)



For upcoming WeHo neon cruise tour:

e-mail info@neonmona.org or call 213.489.918

Mexico Restaurante y Barra

8512 Santa Monica Boulevard

West Hollywood 90069



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