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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
Commerce and Akard as it appeared in the 1920s, left, and in the 1940s and '50s

Speaking of big, bright signs ...

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.


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