Chris’ and Pitt’s neon saved

The Valley’s last beloved Chris’ & Pitt’s barbecue closed in 2003. The old place at 13237 Victory Boulevard near Fulton in Van Nuys was torn down for a new Walgreens drug store. The demolition brought howls of protest from BBQ lovers and an anguished column in the ValleyBeat newspaper by columnist Erik Himmelsbach. But a piece of good news. I recently discovered that the restaurant’s classic neon signage has been saved and put on display. A large section stands fully lit at the Museum of Neon Artin downtown Los Angeles. Another big section was shipped to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, where it is being hailed as a great acquisition.

Major credit for rescuing the sign from the trash heap is being given to Adriene Biondo, chair of the modern committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy. She resides in Balboa Highlands, the neighborhood of Joseph Eichler-built homes in Granada Hills.

For a quick online tour of neon signs around the Valley, visit this gallery at Lotta