EAGLE ROCK — After Monique King and Paul Rosenbluh purchased Cindy’s Coffee Shop earlier this year, the couple updated the menu but decided to keep and preserve as much of the Mid-Century features of the Colorado Boulevard restaurant, including the Naugahyde booths, countertops and wallpaper. One of the most challenging and costly items on the new owners’ To-Do list is fixing the towering Cindy’s sign that rises above the parking lot. But with repair estimates topping $16,000, King and Rosenbluh have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the restoration of the classic roadside sign.
The fundraiser would pay for repairs to the 1948 sign’s rusted metal, structural reinforcement, replacement parts and a new neon “OPEN” sign.
A representative for King and Rosenbluh, who own Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena, said the Cindy’s sign will continue to deteriorate and might have to eventually be removed if the fundraiser fails.
“Because these signs are now technically illegal in LA (you can’t put up a new one) there are very specific regulations on how much can be restored,” said Rachel Kane. “If the signs falls too far into disrepair, it can never legally be repaired, as the city won’t allow it to be. It’s on the edge.”