Just saw this on the news, my family'* favorite resaurant burned down.
We eat there every Saturday with my Great Aunt Virginia. It'* the social center for the area.
They had a great collection of antiques, old signs and advertisements, a pedal car from the sixties, old hand-cranked kitchen stuff, three OLD jukeboxes full of45s from the Fifties and Sixties, old general-store shelves for their candies, their display counter for their home-made fudge was from the late Forties.
They had a bunch of old tin wind-up toys, and pull-toys, old Coke and Pepsi signs, and signs for other soda companies that are long-gone. They had the remains of a Mother'* Oats ad that featured the Dionne quintuplets!
The Americana that went up with the restaurant would make a museum curator cry.
They'd been collecting the stuff for DECADES, and it all went up because of a faulty compressor on the fridge in the basement.
There are 35 people out of work here now, and I don't know if the restaurant had insurance, but if they did, it won't cover the worth of the antiques. I don't know yet if they plan on rebuilding, but if they do, I think they'll have a lot of stuff coming from the community.