Monday, January 9, 2017

T Stands For Spangles With Friends


Not the post I planned, but at some point, I'll show some of the lovely Christmas gifts I received.  I had just transferred them from my camera to my new computer and erased them from my camera, when all at once my computer no longer showed anything on the screen.  Since it was under warranty, Scott bundled everything up, except the new printer and scanner, then took it away.  The good news is, the hard drive is intact and now loaded with WordPerfect and PhotoShop, as well as my address book and all my files.

So let's head out several weeks before Christmas, where I met four other friends who are camera/internet phobic.  I've mentioned them before.  They have small children and don't want their photos or their children's photos on the internet.  So of course, I'm willing to oblige them.  Our goal was to eventually find Christmas lights, so that's why I had my camera.

First, we had a gift exchange, then headed to Spangles, a family owned restaurant that is based in Wichita, but has 27 locations in Kansas, 14 of which are in Wichita.   Each order is cooked while the customer waits, and it doesn't take long, either.  You can find their dinner menu here.  If you go to their home page, you will see what I got.  Not shown on their menu, but it's the double grilled cheese and tomato soup for $6.99.  It was the perfect thing for this vegetarian who obviously wasn't going to complain about the choice of restaurants, especially since I wasn't driving.

Note the soft drink machine in the middle of the photo.  That's part of my drink for this post.

Although this location is less than two miles from my home, I have never been to a Spangles.  I was glad we came, because I was mesmerized by the neon and the 50s style decor.   And perhaps an even better photo of the soft drink machine.



After we ate, I made my way to the restroom, where i found even more 50s memorabilia.




And finally, an old tin sign of a Pepsi Cola bottle.  And there's Elvis with a cup of coffee, too.  So even though I couldn't take photos of our food or drink there were plenty of images all around that qualify for this T Tuesday post.  We never did see any Christmas lights worth writing home about, and I didn't take a single photo after we left the restaurant.

Now it's your turn to share your T related post.  Any post is acceptable as long as it has a drink of some kind in it.  It can even be a sign or a photo on a wall.  Think outside the box, and surprise me.  Once you have your post, please link it below (direct links only, please), then Bleubeard, the T gang and I will be by to visit.  Bleubeard wants to remind you, your photos don't have to be taken on Tuesday, or even this year, for that matter.


28 thoughtful remarks:

johanna said...

this 50ies style decor really speaks to me. i think i would have enjoyed this Environment.
happy t-day, dear elizabeth!

Valerie-Jael said...

I LOVE the look of Spangles, so bright and happy, and very 1950s style, great place to eat and drink. Glad you were able to have a nice time out with friends. I would love the tomato and cheese soup, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie, now heading for bed!

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Throwback restaurants are really fun. So much eye candy to delight the guests and get people smiling and reminiscing. Spangles looks like it would be fun for kids of all ages.

Your photos also brought to mind Jack Rabbit Slim's from the movie "Pulp Fiction." lol. Does Spangles menu have "five dolla milkshakes?"

Happy T Day, Elizabeth!

Lisca Meijer said...

What a fab place! I love the decor. Very 50s. I would love to go there, but just for the decor. I'm not a vegetarian but fast food is not my thing. I'd go for the cheese and tomato soup too. That sounds nice.
I would have thought a place like that would be very popular, but there don't seem to be many customers...
What a shame you didn't get to see many pretty lights (especially for the children).
I hope your computer is sorted now. Good old Scott. He is such a good friend from what I hear.
Happy T-Day
Lisca

Let's Art Journal said...

Now that looks like my sort of place to eat, great decor and your vegetarian option as well as the other menu choices sound so yummy! I would be mezmerised by all that lovely memorabilia and neon too, it's so amazing :-). I'm glad to hear that your computer is on the mend. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J :-)

Linda Kunsman said...

Oh such a fun and nostalgic trip! You seem to have many retro places in your neck of the woods. Where I am it's all about mimicking the bigger cities like New York and Philadelphia, and making things trendy.Glad you were able to work things out until all your computer troubles are over. Thanks so much for your comment on my post:) Happy T day!

Roberta Warshaw said...

It looks like the set from the movie "Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean"

jinxxxygirl said...

Well i enjoyed your little trip down memory lane right to the 1950's lol ! My daughter has the same phobia as your friends.. and ofcourse i oblige her but it does drive me a little batty as i cannot even mention i have a daughter on the blog... Happy happy T day my dear host! Hugs! deb

My name is Erika. said...

Cool restaurant. It feels like a cross between fast food and a 1950's diner! Love it. I love the idea you can get grilled cheese and tomato soup. :) One of my favorites! I think this is a very nice T day post even if you didn't get any food and drink photos. Too bad you didn't see much in the cheery lights. Even around me I didn't see much this year either. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

Carol said...

Love the restaurant !!!! The 50's Decor has always been one of my favorites. I just don't think people put up lights this year like they usually do. There were very few houses in out area that had lights. :(

Jeanie said...

What a fun looking place! Just love the style and decor and since they have my fave grilled cheese and tomato soup, I'm so on board!

Divers and Sundry said...

That place needs to be here in Memphis! Please pack it up and send it here right away, or I may have to go up there and get it lol! I love that decor :)

Krisha said...

I'm always entertained by retro restaurants, bring back a lot of memories for sure. This one looks so clean and shiny. It would be a big hit in this area too.
Happy T-day

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Such a cool restaurant to visit! Glad you took us with you! And you chose a fabulous meal for a vegetarian!
Happy T-Day -
good that you sleep so well!
Sleep is so good for the body -
our cats and dogs know that so much better than we!
hugs
Susi

Nicola said...

Greta pics. Thanks for sharing. Hope you all had a fab time. Wishing you lots of fun with your new computer.

chrissie said...

Amazing pictures Elizabeth and what a wonderful place.

Happy T Day

With Love

Chrissie xxx

Meggymay said...

That looks a fantastic place to go to, there is so much to see with that 50's style decor It looks just the place to hold a party, you couldn't help but feel happy inside that cafe.
Super photos and pleased to read you have progress with the computer,
Happy T Day
Yvonne xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

I would love to take my family to this place - it looks so much fun with all those lights and photos! Hugs, Chrisx

My name is Erika. said...

I wanted to reply to your comment on my blog yesterday. The gone with the wind one. I went with my grandmother to the movie too. Its when I first saw it. It was playing at this funky old theater who had an oldies night and my grandmother insisted we park at my aunts house, which meant we had to walk through this sketchy part of the city to get downtown to the theater. :) Thanks for the comment which brought back a good memory for me. :)

Darla said...

Very retro. I like neon lights used with that decor. Glad you found something to eat there. Grilled cheese san. and tomato soup is one of my comfort foods so I'd have been happy.

Rike said...

There are pictures of Elvis ... my fav! What a stunning restaurant, and your photos are very beautiful!

~*~Patty S said...

Gosh sorry to read you're still having computer issues E.
I feel for you. It is so disruptive. Hope things move forward smoothly for you!
Spangles is a great blast from the past and so bright and cheery.
Elvis' birthday was just a day or so ago too ;-)
Nice you could be out with friends.
Fun that they share your preference for no photos too ...
Happy T Day oxo

Halle said...

What a cool place!! Love the 50's style.

Nancy said...

What a fun place to meet up with your friends! Now that you've visited, and it's close to your home, I'm sure you'll go back.

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Love retro diners and this one is super. We have quite a few here in Maine and New Hampshire. One close to us that serves up all the "burger joint" specials plus salads and seafoods. Same hot red decor with a juke box too. Those guitar neon signs are super. Good luck on getting the computer all resolved. xox

CJ Kennedy said...

Happy T Day! Glad to hear your computer woes are coming to an end. I love the 50s style diners. Such a happy looking place. And do-wop music is the best.

Dianne said...

What a fabulously fun place to have a meal with friends!! love the Diner decor and all the stuff on the walls! too bad about the Christmas lights, but I bet you had fun anyway...take care dear. stay warm!

Cazzy said...

Happy T Day Elizabeth and Bleubeard,
Wow that is quite a cafe, I love it! Nothing like that round here and I know some serious Elvis lovers who would adore it!

Hugs,
Carol