Giant Mugs: Frostop Root Beer & Others (page 2)

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Baton Rouge, LA
This Frostop features a classic pole sign as well as a more modern mug incorporated into their canopy. This location opened in the 1950s. In the 1990s, the mug's neon was completely restored and it rotated. In 2004, the mug was restored but by then the neon was gone and the sign was stationary. The mug was repainted again around 2009. These photos are from 2006 and 2010. For more, see this website. [map]

Frostop [gone]
Raceland, LA
Frostop on the Bayou
Thibodaux, LA
The Frostop in Raceland featured a pole sign mug with missing neon. This photo is from 2006. The store has since closed and the mug is gone.

This Frostop in Thibodaux featured a rooftop mug when these photos were taken in 2006. Around 2007, they moved to a different spot in town - into a former Popeye's building. The mug is now displayed on a base on the ground. I don't know if it revolves. For more, see this website. [map]

Jefferson, LA (now Destrehan, LA)
This Frostop opened in 1954 with a revolving rooftop mug. It is believed to be the first Frostop mug built. The Jefferson location was the first Frostop in Louisiana. It was owned by T. W. Ganus who owned the restaurant. It is believed that he designed the mug and patented it. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This mug appeared to have been recently repainted in 2006 when the second row of photos was taken. In 2007, this Frostop moved to a strip mall in Destrehan, LA. Due to sign regulations, they are not allowed to display the giant mug at the new location. It now lies behind the building. [map]

La Place, LA
2006 and 2007:
This Frostop opened in 1958. The mug was originally installed on the roof. It was moved to a pole sometime in the 1960s. Neon was added to the mug and the building at that point. A dining room was added in 1962. The mug was first restored in 1987. A complete restoration took place in 2007. The mug was removed (third photo top row) and completely rebuilt for nearly $20,000. The barrel of the mug was replaced with rust-proof aluminum and painted like the original. The handle and foam piece from the old mug were used. The revolving mug is lit at night when the restaurant is open.

Maintaining these neon mugs isn't cheap. This location has a $1,200 per year contract to keep the neon and rotation working properly. Their building was remodeled in 1981 and 1996. The original brown and cream tile was replaced with wood, siding, and now has cream tile. Their root beer is still homemade and served in frozen mugs. A vintage Frostop barrel is on display in the dining room. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [top row right photo, middle row right photo thanks Terry Toler] [map]

Ted's Frostop
New Orleans, LA
Ted's Frostop opened in 1955. Ted Sternberg owned several Frostops in New Orleans as well as three stands in Little Rock. This mug was originally installed on a pole (see top photo). The building's rooftop signage was not damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. However, the mug was knocked off the pole and found upside down. The owner decided to move mug back a bit, install it upside down on a base and use it as the location's logo. In 2007, the mug was restored - still in the upside down position. In 2011, a new owner had the mug restored, fixing a crunched corner from Katrina. It was returned it to the pole in the upright position. Neon was added and the mug is spinning again. Although the mug had not had neon for many years, there were holes indicating that it had been there at one time. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [1998 photo thanks Rich Kummerlowe] [map]

Frostop [gone]
New Orleans, LA
This Frostop was also known as Charlie's Frost Top. It was located in the Algiers neighborhood and had similar signs to Ted's Frostop described above. I don't know of any other Frostops built with signs like these on the roof. The Ted's Frostop mug might have originally been installed over their rooftop sign like this one. This Algiers location had been closed and boarded up for a number of years. It was demolished in 2013. For more, see this website.

More Frostops in Louisiana:
Metairie, LA

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