UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. Information from MOHAI and Red Robin has been added.
The Eastlake Red Robin, the chain’s first restaurant, closed Sunday night, the victim of a space that no longer fit the company’s needs.
But, what about the sign on top of the building, the sign that announced that this was “The Original Red Robin: Founded 1943?” It’s gone from the building, removed shortly after the closing. What next for the sign?
Anne Marie Kriedler, who owns the building and the sign, called tonight to say that she is offering to donate the sign to the Museum of History and Industry. And she says she has the blessing of Gerry Kingen, the man who launched Red Robin in its way to the big time, and Red Robin‘s corporate headquarters.
“This sign is part of Seattle history,” Kriedler says. “I’ll donate it to MOHAI if they want it. I think it’s appropriate for it to go to MOHAI.”
It seems likely MOHAI will want the sign. Their collection already includes other iconic Seattle signs, including the Rainier Beer neon “R,” the Kidd Valley burger babe and the Seattle P-I’s first neon sign.
A MOHAI spokesperson said the museum is talking to Kriedler and Red Robin about any items that might be suitable for its collection.
Jamie Winter, Red Robin spokesperson, said in an e-mail: “No decisions have yet been made on what we are going to do with signage, or other items at the restaurant, that are property of Red Robin.”