Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
Some Old Neon Signs Are Making a Comeback
An old neon mainstay along VFW Parkway in West Roxbury, the Fontaine’s chicken sign flapped its wing from the 1950s until 2005. Those who’ve been missing it can soon see that sign and others — including one from the North End’s long-defunct restaurant the European — at an installation going up along the Rose Kennedy Greenway between India and State streets. The signs come from the collection of Dave Waller in Malden, and they’ll all be up and lit by the end of next week. The installation will run through the end of the summer.
Speaking of Signs
Meanwhile, in Lynn, a Burger King sign asked Wendy’s to the prom, and Wendy’s accepted, with the caveat that they’re home by 10 and Burger King doesn’t get handsy. It’s no secret crush by the Somerville Sav-Mor sign on the McDonald’s sign across the street, but it’s cute nonetheless.
A Cambridge Factory Quietly Produces All the World’s Junior Mints
For the Globe, Scott Kirsner went on a quest to unlock the secrets of the Cambridge Brands candy factory in Cambridge — the last candy factory in Cambridge. Owned by Tootsie Roll Industries, the facility is the sole producer of Junior Mints, making over 14 million each day. (This is also the only factory that makes Sugar Babies and Charleston Chews.) Want a tour? You’re out of luck; they won’t let the general public — or the media — inside, much to Kirsner’s dismay, although he did manage to track down one person who’d been inside, a communications professor who wrote a Globe story about it way back in 2002. The professor confirmed that the factory contains neither chocolate rivers nor Oompa Loompas.
Get Out of Town
Our colleagues at Eater.com published this guide to Rome yesterday — from essential restaurants to a 24-hour itinerary to a Roman food cheat sheet to so much pizza and pasta and gelato — so will you excuse us if we disappear for a few weeks to go eat all of this?
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