That Bob & Ron's neon sign could be yours

The contents of the now-closed Bob & Ron's Fish Fry location on Central Ave in Albany are going up for auction -- including the fish fry's landmark neon sign. (A tip of the hat to Chuck Miller for noticing the sign is part of the collection of items.)

The sign is being sold "as is" and "where is." And the winning bidder must pick it up either January 6 or 7. Also:

LOADING ASSISTANCE WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING ADEQUATE HELP TO LOAD PURCHASES AS WELL AS TOOLS IF NEEDED TO DISASSEMBLE OR MAKE NECESSARY REPAIRS TO LOAD AND/OR REMOVE. THE AUCTION COMPANY IS UNABLE TO PROVIDE TOOLS AND OR EQUIPMENT TO ASSIST WITH LOADING.

Judging from both the pics included on the Collar City Auctions page and a recent drive-by look, the sign could probably use some love. It's looking a little ragged. (Compare to this photo back in 2010. The one above is Google Streetview from 2011.)

The online auction closes January 4 just before noon. There's an onsite preview of the items up for auction December 30 from 9-11 am.

The collection of items from the restaurant includes a bunch of kitchen equipment and restaurant stuff. Also: "Item # 89 -- WALL MOUNT FISH, DOES HAVE DAMAGE."

Comments

The sign should be landmarked, or at least put into some sort of public place or bought by the Historical Albany Foundation. I think it's beautiful.

I'm glad I never ate there. That kitchen equipment looks like it hasn't been cleaned since the day they opened.

I'd love to see it in an exhibit at the state museum or the Albany Institute of History and Art - classic signs of Albany, or something like that.

Those are some gorgeous letterforms in "Bob & Ron's".

they paid too much for the business. the loan payment alone is probably what killed them

**In best Indiana Jones voice** "That Bob and Ron's sign belongs in a museum!"

This astonishing sign along with Albany's other classic historic signs should definitely be purchased by the Albany Historical Foundation.

omg, i cant believe someone would want that sign.. i actually hated the place. Teds Fish Fry is so much better

I miss the Deleonardis family,the original owners Bob And Art
A great family with super Cusk fish

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