Stephenson Restaurant sign finds a new home

The iconic Stephenson Restaurant sign - saved by the Jackson County Historical Society - has found a new home with the prospect that it will be someday be restored and put on public display.

JCHS has transferred the sign to a The Lumi Neon Museum, a Kansas City-area non-profit which rescues, restores and illuminates vintage Kansas City neon. The museum currently has over 14 neon Kansas City neon signs.

 The Stephenson restaurant sign being picked up in Independence in May 2018 by folks involved with The Lumi Museum.

The Stephenson restaurant sign being picked up in Independence in May 2018 by folks involved with The Lumi Museum.

The restaurant closed on Valentine's Day in 2007. JCHS accepted the sign in 2012 when the site was being cleared and the restaurant leveled for redevelopment. The sign has been in storage ever since.

Here's more information about the neon sign project and the principals involved.