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Neon Eateries Midwest


Mack's Golden Pheasant
Elmhurst, IL
Photo and info courtesy Luke Mack

The marquee for Mack's Golden Pheasant was recently restored. The sign itself is dated inside 1936.

According to the Mack's Golden Pheasant website, the business is the oldest continuously family owned restaurant in DuPage County and started up sometime in the late 1930's or early 1940's. After being devastated by fire in 1962, the Golden Pheasant was rebuilt and has been a survivor to this day. 11-09



Sparkle Shops DonutsSparkle Shops Donuts (Gone)
Rockford, IL
Photo courtesy Kelly Sullivan

Check out this bright neon sign that used to leave no doubt to motorists passing through Rockford, IL that they were passing by Sparkle Shops Donuts. Unfortunately, the donut shop and neon sign are now gone. replaced by a Walgreen's. 08-10








Powers Hamburgers has been a Fort Wayne burger institution since 1940. Located in an art deco styled building, Powers is located in the downtown area and is known for their sliders and dishes such as the Garbage Plate. 01-12

More information can be found at:
Serious Eats
Fort Worth Insider


Powers Hamburgers
Fort Wayne, IN
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Word is the average eater at Powers orders 3 to 4 burgers



Cromwell Grill
Sarnia, ON Canada
Photo courtesy Alan Culley

This neon sign lights the way to the Cromwell Grill in Sarnia, Ontario. 06-14




Sparkle Shops DonutsErnie's Coffee Shop
Sault Ste Marie ON, Canada
Photo courtesy Alan Culley

Here's the well known neon sign at Ernie's Coffee Shop in Sault Ste. Marie ON. The coffee shop sign is lit up in perfect neon as dusk settles along the Soo. 06-14










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