Ohio Diner Sold, Coffee-Cup Sign Used for ‘Alice’

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BRYAN, Ohio – The sale of a northwest Ohio diner includes its iconic sign, which would look familiar to fans of the old TV sitcom “Alice.”

The sign outside Lester’s Diner in Bryan features a tilted neon coffee cup that says “14 OUNCE CUP” and appears to be pouring out a stream of coffee that takes the shape of an arrow. The Blade newspaper of Toledo reports the sign inspired the similar one for Mel’s Diner on “Alice,” which starred Linda Lavin and aired in the 1970s and `80s.

Lester’s aging owners closed the place in May and put it up for sale. The buyers posted a sign outside this week saying the diner would become part of a regional group of Four Seasons restaurants serving American-Greek food.

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