Iconic neon sign removed from Richmond restaurant

Posted at 7:37 AM, Feb 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-02 07:03:34-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A neon light that shined on Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia for more than 60 years was extinguished Wednesday.

The neon lobster sign that sat atop Byram’s Lobster House was removed from the restaurant as the new owners prepared to reopen under the name Tower Fish House later this month.

The neon lobster sign was created in the mid-1900s by Louis Rudd.

Rudd, known as “Mr. Neon”, created many of the neon signs that sat on businesses along Broad Street, according to Rudd’s mentee and Uptown Neon owner Doug Solyan. [Click here to see a story CBS 6 did in 1985 on Mr. Rudd]

Tower Fish House owner Jeff Kelso said he wanted to donate the neon lobster sign to the Valentine Richmond History Center, but the museum declined.

Kelso said he would like to donate the sign to a non-profit group.