In Effort to Remind Folks Rodeo Bar and Grill's Still There, Adolphus Needs a Nice New Sign
Commerce and Akard as it appeared in the 1920s, left, and in the 1940s and '50s
Today the Landmark Commission will take a long, hard look at a proposal from the Adolphus Hotel, which is concerned that the Rodeo Bar & Grill is languishing at the corner of Commerce and Akard due to the absence of significant signage. There's also one more major problem, per Quimby McCoy: "The very low light levels make the street appear empty and dangerous." Which is why, among other things, the hotel wants to attach a sign to the hotel's exterior more or less over the eatery's front door.
After all, says the proposal, it's been done before: The Adolphus has had several signs affixed to its facade over the years, including the old Walgreens that once occupied the Rodeo Bar space. Hence the myriad old, seldom-seen photos contained in today's briefing -- which, let's face it, is why I posted this item in the first place.