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Austin Signs (page 3)

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Roadhouse Relics
Austin, TX

Since the late 1980s, Todd Sanders of Roadhouse Relics has focused on creating custom-made, vintage-looking signs and sideshow banners. His shop has some vintage signs on display as well. The chicken sign apparently came from a former Leslie's Chicken Shack. The Sputnik sign displayed behind the shop is vintage and was mass-produced. I don't know where it came from. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse
Austin, TX
Ed's Auto
Austin, TX
Club De Ville [gone]
Austin, TX
The Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse opened in 2000. This modern sign was built by Todd Sanders of Roadhouse Relics (described above). [map]

This modern sign at Ed's Auto was built by Evan Voyles of Neon Jungle around 2004. For more, see this website. [map]

The modern Club De Ville nightclub sign was topped with a vintage, former Best Western crown sign. It was built and assembled by Evan Voyles in 1996. The club closed in 2013 and, by 2014, this sign was gone.

Light Bulb Shop
Austin, TX
EZ's Brick
Oven & Grill [gone]
Austin, TX
Jerry's Artarama
Austin, TX
The Light Bulb Shop opened in 1980. The 13-foot-tall sign was produced in 1998 by Blue Genie Art Industries which also created the statue for Fran's Hamburgers. The store closed in 2018. It's not known what will happen with this sign. [map]

This EZ's Brick Oven & Grill sign was adapted from a 1950s sign. It originally advertised for 2-J's Hamburgers which was located there previously. The design and chasing bulbs were original - only the lettering was changed. The transformation was done by Ion Art in the early 1990s. The EZ's restaurant chain was established in 1989 in San Antonio where there are four other locations. In 2017, this location closed and the sign was removed. For more, see this website.

Jerry's Artarama features a revolving 16 foot tall Lil Jerry on top of the store's sign. The statue was produced by Blue Genie Art Industries. I believe it was built in the early 2000s. For more, see this website. [map]

Milkshake Media [gone]
Austin, TX
Brake Check
Austin, TX
Milkshake Media is a graphic design agency, founded in 1999. This sign was built around 2009 by Evan Voyles of Neon Jungle. By 2013, the agency had moved and the sign was gone.

The Brake Check chain was established in San Antonio, TX in 1968. Some of the company's signs have plastic checkmarks like this one in Houston, TX. I don't know if this all-neon sign in Austin was an earlier or later version. There are about a half-dozen locations in Austin. [map]

Catfish Parlour
Research Blvd.
Austin, TX
Catfish Parlour
E. Ben White Blvd.
Austin, TX
There are two Catfish Parlour restaurants in Austin and a third one in Georgetown, TX. The first location on Research Blvd. opened in 1973. I believe the E. Ben White location opened in 1974. These are modern signs. The Georgetown location does not have a fish sign like these. [Research map]; [Ben White map]

Fresa's Chicken
Al Carbon
Austin, TX
El Sol Y La Luna
Austin, TX
Grackle
Austin, TX
Although I don't usually include modern neon signs at this website, the examples in Austin are exceptional and plentiful.

Fresa's Chicken Al Carbon opened its first location in 2012 at the N. Lamar Blvd. location shown above. This appears to be a revolving sign. The second location on South 1st St. opened in 2016. This sign does not have the motorized box for revolving. For more, see this website.

El Sol Y La Luna opened in 1995. The restaurant moved to this location in 2008. It closed in 2017 but this sign remains. The modern sign was built by Todd Sanders of Roadhouse Relics. [map]

This sign at the Grackle pub was installed around 2016. Before that, there was a simpler neon sign from around 2013. [map]

Steel City Pops
Austin, TX
Ace Tailors
Austin, TX
Steel City Pops was established in Homewood, AL in 2012. There are now locations in Alabama, Kentucky, George, and Texas. This location in Austin opened in 2017. A second location in town opened in 2018. The drips from the popsicle are animated. I don't believe any other locations have a sign like this. For more, see this website. [map]

Ace Tailors was established in 1967. This location opened in 2015. [map]

More Austin Signs:
Baker [private collection]
Dave's Perfection Automotive
Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill
Oasis Cars
Home Slice Pizza
Robert's Termite & Pest [gone]

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