Please check out some new progress pics here: https://bentdoor.wordpress.com/summer-2009
The Music is playing and the Plane’s flying at The Bent Door. Progress has been good this summer – so far the office area has been painted, as well as the souvenir area. The ceiling is being painted and the outside has one coat paint. We are waiting for a day when the wind is calm so we can finish the outside.
So when you come out our way stop by and look inside. We are still making trips back and forth from East Texas to the Panhandle. Hoping to get more done each time we are there. Our June date has come and gone and our work goes on.
We have had a lot of visitors this month asking to have their passport books stamped. Meeting everyone and hearing their stories, to know that there is so much interest in The Bent Door, has been a blessing. After 60 years The Bent Door is now the official name.
Thanks for all the encouragement from around the world.
May God bless everyone,
Roy & Ramona Kiewert and family.
The Bent Door on Route 66
We are Roy and Ramona Kiewert, and we purchased The Bent Door on July 21, 2006.
Robert Harris built the Bent Door in 1947, and in 1995 saved it from demolition. Mr. Harris passed a few years ago, before he could restore the property. We plan to finish the restoration that he started.
The Bent Door will be a 1950s diner/malt shop with a patio out back for outside dining. We will also include a souvenir shop and grocery store. The World War II control tower area will feature Texas tourist information. We are hoping to encourage travelers on Interstate 40 to stop in Adrian for a spell.
The garage will house some history of Route 66, from the original dirt trail, to the Mother Road, and it’s current state. Route 66 has a place in everyone’s heart, with hope for a better future just down the road.
On the other hand, maybe that best future is right here in Adrian, Texas: Midpoint on Route 66.
Our present home is in Nacogdoches, Texas, and with Roy on the road much of the time (he’s a long-haul trucker) our work days will have to be long and hard when we get to Adrian. We plan on opening June 1, 2007, and will schedule a grand opening celebration later in the summer of 2007. Check in here often for updates on our progress!
Thanks for your interest,
The Bent Door
Roy & Ramona Kiewert