Out with the old and in with the new. A piece of Blackfoot history came down on Wednesday as workers took down the iconic Stan's Restaurant sign that has been a beacon along Highway 91 for nearly 50 years. In its place will be new signage for Stingers Bar & Grill.
The popular eatery closed abruptly last summer when longtime owner Greg Richardson decided that, due to health problems, he could no longer keep up with the business. Well known Blackfoot business people Ed and Kaylynn Gorder purchased the building in September with the intention of opening a new bar and restaurant. The Gorders also own Blackfoot's Downtown Bread Co. and Gorder's Honey.
Kaylynn said that signage for Stingers will come in two parts. The first, a high tech LCD reader sign, was put up on Thursday.
"This piece will serve as a rolling advertisement. We'll be able to advertise our bands, specials and other events," Kaylynn said.
Secondly, a sign featuring the Stingers logo will be erected later next week.
The Gorders don't know at this time what will become of the classic Stan's sign.
Local businessman, Mike Kreihbel, who collects old signs, said he might be interested in obtaining the Stan's sign if it were for sale.
"I'd really hate to see that sign go away," he said. "I'd like to have it but I'm afraid it might be too big for me to display indoors."
Kaylynn said there are other pieces of Stan's memorabilia still inside the restaurant, such as the mounted sea creatures, that people have expressed interest in owning. She said, at some point, they might have an auction to sell some of the items.
For now, the Gorders are busy running Stingers Bar which had a soft opening in November. Renovation of the banquet room is currently underway and the Gorders hope to have the restaurant open sometime this spring.
"We just want to continue the tradition of a good bar and restaurant in a new way. We ultimately want to attract more entertainment to Blackfoot," Ed concluded.