The iconic Beefy King sign is about to become history. For the past 46 years, the little restaurant on Bumby has served regular folks and celebrities, both Florida-centric (Rick Scott
) and national (Jimmy Fallon
), alike. It's one of those places that, if you haven't eaten there, you're not sure if you can really call yourself an Orlandoan.
The owners of the restaurant recently applied for and received assistance from the Small Business Facade Program
to update the current sign. Says owner Roland Smith
,"It's pretty much being held together by rust and everything right now, so it's time for some replacement."
In order for the new sign to be grandfathered in under the new sign ordinances, it will have to stay in the exact same configuration as the original sign. The size, color, shape and images will be complete duplicates. So there's no need to fear, lovers of old Orlando, the the angry bull king won't be going anywhere ... he'll just be a bit shinier. Along with an update to the actual sign, the monies received from the program will also go toward repairing the sign's lighting system
According to the owners, the original sign will not be scrapped. They are currently in talks with the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which is interested in putting the sign in its warehouse of classic Orlando signs, which the museum hopes to eventually turn into a display.
Look for the improvements to the Beefy King sign to take place in the next 30-45 days. Hopefully the Orlando landmark (and its new sign) will last another 46 years.