Today wasn't quite the blockbuster that yesterday was at Afton Station, but it certainly was a good day. Route 66 seems to be buzzing now, and we're enjoying every minute of it. Before I talk about today's visitors, a few pieces of business. . .
FYI, the Top Hat Dairy Bar in Foyil is closed and for sale. Sorry to see this little place with great shakes and burgers go. When I get more information, I'll post it here. It might be a good investment for someone since it's quite popular with the larger motorcycle tour groups.
However, the building next door which has been vacant for quite some time has now reopened as the Tin Foyil (love the clever name!). They've put a tin "skin" on it so it's definitely a photo op, but so far I haven't had any reports on the type or quality of food there. I'll try to stop in soon to give it a taste.
Meanwhile, apparently a new restaurant/bar will be opening in Afton in May. Yes, in Afton! The local paper says it will be a barbecue and beer place and will be called "No Where on Route 66" (yes, nowhere should be one word). I've heard from locals that they're having trouble getting a beer license since they're across from the Little League field, but we shall see. We sure need a place to get food in Afton!
Now, about today at Afton Station.. . .We had 16 visitors well-spaced throughout the day. Ron M. was with me. The travelers came from North Quincy MA, Helsinki Finland, Joplin MO, and Foyil, Grove, Miami, Vinita, Alva, and Big Cabin, OK.
This is Christian, a young German man who has lived for quite a few years in Massachusettes where he works with the BNSF railroad. He is a big fan of Mercedes Benz and has spent a great deal of time on Route 66 photographing his own Mercedes in front of familiar icons all the way out to California. He is extremely knowledgeable about Route 66 and, after seeing his photos via his iPad, I have to say he's one of the best Route 66 photographers I've seen anywhere! Some of his photos can be seen at
www.mercedes-forum.com, but it's a German language site and I'm having trouble figuring out where they are.
Another fine day, with more to come. It's just beginning!
ADDENDUM: The real estate listing for the Top Hat Dairy Bar is at http://tinyurl.com/84h8q83. It's not terribly informative, but it has a few facts and figures, for those who are interested.