Commodore Inn Sign
The Commodore Inn was a small diner off of Patterson Avenue in Roanoke that existed for about 60 years, 1940-2000. I never went inside the original diner but the place was always fascinating to me because of its neon sign and the fact my grandfather used to go there in the 40s and 50s. The neon sign was the coolest in the city but by the time I moved back in 2007 it was in bad shape.
Councilman Ray Ferris gave me the sign in 2012, Rob Humphreys and John Johnson helped me to take it down, Jack Fralin repainted it, and the Roanoke Market Building paid for the neon. I had high hopes for it's eventual home, unfortunately it just ended up in a corner of the Market Building, broken and collecting dust.