Ariston Cafe Honors History With Vintage Sign Relighting


The Ariston Cafe in Litchfield will celebrate the history of Route 66 with a ceremony to relight the vintage neon signs and neon window accents on Saturday, May 4. 

Celebrating 95 years on Route 66, as the oldest continuously operating restaurant, neon will once again welcome travelers on their journey from Chicago to Santa Monica.

The historic cafe will host a viewing beginning  at 7 p.m. The program will begin as dusk nears, and the official relighting will take place between 8 and 8:15 p.m. 

Cruise in with a classic car, and while waiting for the perfect time to flip the switch, groove to music from the 1950s and 1960s and mingle with other Route 66 fans. 

As part of the festivities, the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center across the street will be open for extended hours

The landmark event has been made possible through the partnership of Nick and Demi Adam, former owners of the Ariston Cafe, Will and Michele Law, and Marty and Kara Steffens, current owners of the Ariston Cafe, the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee from the Route 66 Association of Missouri, and the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program from the National Park Service.

For more information contact the Ariston Cafe at 217-324-2023 or check out