Drivers heading north on Route 1 see several notable sights, including a massive cactus bearing the name of a now-demolished restaurant, plus an orange dinosaur whose fate remains unknown at this point as the business it’s part of prepares to shut down. The dinosaur is an icon of the Route One Miniature Golf & Batting Cages, a family-owned business that’s been around since 1958 but recently announced its impending closure.
Owner Diane Fay broke the news that the business will close for good on September 25, as Wicked Local reported. The complex includes a "dairy castle" that serves 26 flavors of Richardson's ice cream and frozen yogurt and Richie’s Classic Italian slush. Last year, the Fay family agreed to sell the land to developers but is in negotiations to keep the fiberglass dino.
The forthcoming development will include two hotels, 255 one-bedroom apartments, and three restaurants, and plans for the project were given final approval in August.