Here it is without the sign...
I confess I never dined there, but I have always enjoyed the sign, and I have a couple of neat old restaurant-ware dinner plates in my Lima memorabilia collection.
According to this photo from Bill Stauffer, Lima Senior Class of 1957, The Huddle was a neat-o drive-in/diner:
Here are my plates:
Here's an article from the Lima News about what happened to the sign:
Sign Sealed, Delivered
Huddle sign rescued from demolition
October 06, 2010 / Bart Mills
LIMA — The sign stood over Metcalf Street for at least a half century, a blend of neon and oversized iridescent bulbs promising fine food to generations of passers-by.
As one of those passers, Jim Gideon couldn’t bear to see the old Huddle sign lost to history. So when he heard the former restaurant was on the verge of being torn down, he did what any other slightly obsessive man with access to cash and a boom crane would do. He went and got it.
“We understand they’re going to knock the building down so we called around, found out who we needed to pay for it, and spent Sunday taking it down. We have no particular end in mind except to preserve it,” Gideon said.
The Huddle closed its doors in 2007 after more than 62 years in business. The sign itself has been up since at least the 1950s.
The building was sold last month for $78,000 to Shree Lakshmi LLC, which, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, is owned by Rajendra Patel, who also owns a Knight’s Inn motel in Bluffton. Patel was unavailable for comment on his plans for the property.
Gideon said he was told the new owners planned to tear the building down. He contacted the real estate agent selling the property and made an offer on the sign. He and his son, Brendon Gideon, pulled Brendon’s in-laws, Rob and Dave Frost, into their scheme. Gideon owns Lima Equipment Co. and the Frosts own Fidelity Builders. Between them, they had the equipment and know-how to remove the sign.
Even with the right equipment, the job was no easy one. It took the four men about three hours to move the 10-foot-by-10-foot sign.
“I’d estimate it weighs close to 1,000 pounds. It was no trivial undertaking,” Gideon said.
The crew moved the sign into a warehouse for storage. What they’ll do with it next is still up in the air.
“For now, it’s in the warehouse. We just wanted to make sure it was preserved. We haven’t decided what to do with it beyond that,” Gideon said.
Update: they put up a Subway sandwich restaurant in the former Huddle space.
Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.
If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.
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