Jan 29, 2011

This is the sign advertising an iconic Hooterville fried chicken place called Lucky Wishbone.  The Lucky Wishbone has been in business since the 1950s and has several Hooterville locations.

When this Lucky Wishbone opened in the 1954, people predicted that it wouldn't make it because, and I'm not making this up, they believed that no reasonable person would get out of their car and go in to the restaurant to get their food.  Restaurants in those days were dine-in or carhop.  Go in and carry out?  No way.

This location just built a new building on the same site, replacing the one I frequented  in junior high, back in the early 60s.

The original sign shown above, was left in place.  Only one side of the sign still lights up and the owners are prohibited from fixing it because it violates our current sign code.  In the land of bureaucrats a broken down, poorly maintained sign is preferable to a spiffy, well-functioning one.

Local government at its finest.


Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky


Kurt said...

I have never heard of Steakfingers before. You learn something new every year.

The Bug said...

Common sense has no place in government Merle - you know that!

Megan said...

I wonder sometimes about places like this. I mean, how did they get their shrimp delivered, way back in 1954? Refrigerated boxcar? Eek.

Wait, that's probably the same way it gets there now. It's not like they're flying it in daily, right?

Anyways, we can be glad you took care of Kurt's learning for the year before the first month was out!

Barbara said...

I suppose a lot has changed in the way we eat over the last half century. It was shortly after 1954 that the first McD opened in my little town. Hamburgers cost 10 cents. They were still advertising "thousands" sold back then.

Bella Rum said...

Times do change.

Who do you think has the job of chopping the fingers off the steaks, and what do they do with the toes?

Merle Sneed said...

Meg, they had refrigerated trucks even back in 1954.

Bella, the advert for the steak toes is on the other side of the sign.