Iconic Hi Tops Restaurant Sign Lives On (Again), Now At Hot Belly Mama's Restaurant

Remember the old Hi Tops Chinese restaurant that was a fixture in downtown Peterborough? You couldn't miss the iconic sign when you were driving down George Street and at night, it was even more of a focal point with its neon lights.

Indeed, the sign was one of the landmarks in the downtown core since the '60s...

The Old Hi Tops restaurant

The Old Hi Tops restaurant

When the sign came down in 2013 after it was announced Hi Tops was closing after about 100 years in business, everyone wondered what would become of it. Surely this rich part of Peterborough's history wouldn't end up in landfill.

Well the sign was saved by artist Bill Kimball after the Hi Tops owner agreed to give it to him, and a portion of the sign (it comes in two parts) found a home right across the street at The Spill coffee bar for many years...

The sign hanging at The Spill

The sign hanging at The Spill

When The Spill owner Dave Tobey closed the establishment last fall, people were wondering again, What would now become of the Hi Tops sign? Would it be saved again?

Indeed it would, thanks to another downtown business owner: "When I heard The Spill was closing, I reached out to Dave Tobey about the sign and he put me in touch with Bill Kimball the caretaker of the sign," Hot Belly Mama's owner Travis Smith tells PTBOCanada. "I said I would be happy to display it at The Belly as it would definitely fit in with my atmosphere there. He agreed."

Now the entire sign hangs proudly at The Belly...

The sign at Hot Belly Mama's

The sign at Hot Belly Mama's

"I feel like the sign is a piece that needs to be on display as a big part of Peterborough's history," Smith tells PTBOCanada, adding that this whole process of getting the sign and installing it came together over the past couple months with Kimball and an amazing group of people in town.

Kudos to Smith for showcasing this important piece of Peterborough history in his restaurant. Go check it out next time you're in!

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Here Are Some Signs That It's Definitely Fall In The Patch

Signs that Fall has arrived in Peterborough... the windows have gone up at Hot Belly Mama's and The Old Stone Brewing Company for the season. No more enjoying a meal in the summer breeze.

The Reggie's chip truck near Trent University is closed for the season (but don't forget to visit them in East City!).


The Silver Bean Cafe is closed for the season.

The fountain at Millennium Park has been turned off for the season.


Know of other signs that Fall has arrived in the Patch? Send your pics to tips@ptbocanada.com. Follow us on Twitter @Ptbo_Canada.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

Sebastian Bach Comes Home To Peterborough And Eats At Riley's, Hot Belly Mama's... and Harvey's (And *Update*: Gets Arrested)

Sebastian Bach, who grew up right here in the Patch, has been back in the hood the past couple days with a couple buddies, and has tweeted several local spots he's been at, including Hot Belly Mama's, Riley's, and Harvey's. So if you thought you'd just been spotting Sebastian Bach lookalikes all over the Patch, well, you may well have... but it might also have been the real Sebastian Bach.



[photo via Sebastian Bach on Facebook via @PeteDalliday]

[Related: A 22-year-old Sebastian Bach Gives His Memories of Peterborough]

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