Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County will pay homage to Bel-Loc Diner for fundraiser

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Image via the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County on Facebook.

The Towson area lost an icon last year after the Bel-Loc Diner closed up shop after more than five decades and, despite a battle from preservationists, was razed to make room for yet another Starbucks.

It wasn’t the diner from the movie “Diner,” but it was one of the few remaining authentic diners from the mid-20th century. And the tri-fold red neon sign at Loch Raven Boulevard and Joppa Road was a landmark.

Whatever happened to that sign? It has a new permanent home in South Baltimore, the architectural salvage warehouse Second Chance, says the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County.

The Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County will be holding a fundraiser at Second Chance to show off the sign in its new digs and raise money for preservation. Fittingly, they’ll be serving diner staples and playing jukebox classics.

Mark Foster, the owner of Second Chance, will give a talk on architectural salvage, and attendees can enjoy a 10 percent discount on everything in the massive space.

Tickets cost $50 ($45 for members of the preservation group) and are on sale now. The fundraiser is set for April 21 from 6-9 p.m.

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]
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