Rockin’ Ys’ Roadhouse on Route 66 in Tucumcari, NM – FOR SALE by Owner

 Daily, New Mexico  Comments Off on Rockin’ Ys’ Roadhouse on Route 66 in Tucumcari, NM – FOR SALE by Owner
Aug 102015


We are privileged to be one of the first to be asked to help get the word out to the Route 66 Community about this opportunity.

Unique opportunity to buy, own and operate turnkey, a successful restaurant business on Route 66!
Serious inquiries only, full financial disclosure available upon signed confidentiality agreement.
Send all inquires via email to ONLY!
Please do not call the restaurant directly and do not inquire within.
For sale is Rockin’ Ys’ Roadhouse in Tucumcari, New Mexico FOR SALE by Owner.

Rockin’ Ys’ Roadhouse is a successful business on Route 66 in Tucumcari, at a prime corner location on one of Tucumcari’s 2 busiest intersections, at the corner of Route 66 and Mountain Road, near Interstate 40 and Highway 54. Near Kmart, Tractor Supply, 2 commercial truck stops and several Route 66 motels. The restaurant itself is 3,800sq.ft. and seats up to 145, including kitchen, small gift shop business and a private dining area.
Rockin’ Ys’ Roadhouse serves traditional American cuisine, Mexican food and has a Beer & Wine license. The property included sits on 3 1/2 lots totaling 68,589sq.ft. plus 2 out buildings. There is additional frontage road land available separately if interested. Rockin’ Ys’ Roadhouse is a AAA Diamond rated restaurant, it’s owners were awarded New Mexico Restaurateurs of the Year in 2011 and it is consistently top ranked on TripAdvisor, Yelp, UrbanSpoon and more. The restaurant has many recent upgrades including: new website, signage and electronic reader board, kitchen equipment and seating. Owner will consider partial financing assistance. Great opportunity for retired couple with family, as well as room for financial growth.

The owners are looking towards retirement, but would obviously like to see a buyer from within the Route 66 community globally, that would have interest in retaining a family owned mom & pop business on the route…

For Sale – the Historic Meteor City Trading Post

 Arizona, Daily  Comments Off on For Sale – the Historic Meteor City Trading Post
Sep 112012

Was just notified the trading post was for sale on Route 66 in Arizona…
A note from the owner:

“Hi every one just wanted to let everyone know the Historic Meteor City Trading Post is for sale approx. 4+ acre site, a 500 foot geodesic building (trading post) and trailer home in back … trading post has been here since 1937 right on Route 66 – a diamond in the rough with a lot of potential. If intrested please message me”
Joanna Estrada

The post has the famous ‘World’s Longest Map of Route 66’, the have the ‘World’s Largest Dream Catcher’, they have several original paintings done by the late Bob Waldmire, and they have the original Trading Post / Justice of the Peace building which was built in the 1930’s, which has been covered up by the wood fence on the west side of the current trading post.

The current trading post is not only iconic, it is photographed by travelers worldwide.

I was told the asking price is $150,000 and you can text Joanna on her cell: 928.386.9122

For Sale – Historic Carty’s Camp on Route 66 in Needles CA

 California, Daily  Comments Off on For Sale – Historic Carty’s Camp on Route 66 in Needles CA
Sep 042012

The historic Carty’s Camp Shell gas station is for sale in Needles CA. The station was built around 1925 and pretty much most of the existing structure is still there and intact. There are a few additions which were put on over it’s earlier years to house the owner and their family back in the day.

The station has been modified with a new overhang and taller upright which held the big gas sign when it was open.

This was the building which brought me into Needles. It was a call from Linda Fitzpatrick who asked for some help / ideas on how to get this station back to it’s former glory. Linda has been the biggest cheerleader behind the restoration of the gas station, but the only ‘hurdle‘ has been it’s current owner. If a new owner can be found, the support behind any preservation efforts would be bigger than you know.

There is a ‘rush’ to find a buyer as the town is having problems with the owner. He does not want to do anything with the building, but there are so many folks who see the potential.

You can contact Linda by Emailing her at as she is a real estate broker and has all the information on the property.

This would be a GREAT little tourist stop along the route as Needles really is the ‘first town of the last state’ on Route 66. It is also RIGHT next to the 66 Motel sign which someone just restored (can’t think of the guy’s name right now!!) which, as we know, has thousands of folks stop and take pictures of.

Also, it is located within miles of both Laughlin and Bullhead City, which both have millions of visitors a year.

If you ever wanted to own a piece of Route 66 history – this might be your time!

For Sale – Historic Valentine’s Diner Car in Winslow on Route 66

 Arizona, Daily  Comments Off on For Sale – Historic Valentine’s Diner Car in Winslow on Route 66
Aug 102011


I have spoken with the current owner of the Diner Car in Winslow AZ and she followed up with this Email to me:

Hi Ed,

Our diner is an authentic 1946 Valentine Diner, masters model, floor-plan #3.

It has to remain in its original location, and retains most of its original features, such as the lockbox (you can see features on Kansas State Historical Society’s website/Valentine Diners). We are in the process of renovation.

Any interested parties can contact us regarding our progress. The pictures attached were taken before work was begun. We are also in the process of getting it on the National Register of Historical Places, which will lower the property taxes and draw nationwide attention to the diner.

As is, we are asking $85,000, which includes the property (about 1/12 acre), located right on historic Rt. 66 and across from the famous La Posada Hotel. As more work is done, the price will increase. Please feel free to spread the word! Thanks so much for your assistance.


Her Email contact is and please do not overwhelm her with Email other than those who are interested in purchasing – as this was a concern she had with me reaching out to everyone.

This is ONE block away from the ‘Standing on the Corner’ park and the gift shop and there is plans to open up an old fashion soda shop across the street from the park – and RIGHT across the street from this diner car is the La Posada Hotel – which is ALWAYS packed.

As we all know – these diners are a RARE find along the route and I do expect this to be picked up by someone who truly loves the route and is looking to own a VERY important piece of it’s history…

After Foreclosure, The Aztec Hotel Faces Uncertain Future

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May 102011

The historic building, which has long been the subject of “haunted” tales, will go up for sale on May 16.

The Aztec Hotel, one of only three properties in town listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is in the process of foreclosure and will go up for sale later this month at an asking price of more $2.4 million. The fate of the landmark building after it changes hands remains to be seen.

The hotel is currently being run by HTL Hotel Management and a sale by the appointed trustee, Stewart Default Services, is set to be held at the Pomona Superior Courts Building on May 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Chester Reed and Chris Ott of HTL are managing the building until a new buyer purchases the property. Currently, about half of the 44 rooms are either rented to tenants or available to overnight guests.

“We do pretty much everything we can to maintain the building and clean up what’s here,” Ott said. “We’re trying to rebuild the reputation of the hotel.”

“We’re here to do whatever we can to make the place the way it used to be,” Reed added. “Just try to bring back the luster of the place.”

Reed, a chef with 22 years of experience, has revised the menu in the Brass Elephant, the Aztec Hotel’s restaurant. To attract patrons, Ott and Reed are also trying to bring more musical acts to the hotel.

“We’re going to be adding more entertainment on Thursdays and Sundays,” Ott said.

HTL has been managing the Aztec Hotel as a third party ever since the owner defaulted on mortgage payments, leading to foreclosure, according to Reed.

The Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office lists the current owner of the hotel as Kathryn Reece.

The current managers have been on the premises since January 28, after the Los Angeles County District Court appointed HTL to manage the hotel.

The hotel features live music on Fridays and Saturdays. One well-known group is the Billy Haarbauer Band, which has been playing at the venue for about 10 years. Indie rock bands have also filmed music videos at the hotel, Reed said.

Monrovia historian Steve Baker explained more about the building’s significance last month during a MOHPG presentation in the Aztec’s Mayan Room and lobby.

The hotel was constructed along the route of the original Route 66 in the 1920s, and opened in 1925 to much fanfare, Baker said. It was designed by architect Robert Stacy-Judd, who was primarily inspired by the geometric designs and artwork of the Mayan culture. Although it is often cited as an example of Stacy-Judd’s “Mayan Revival” style, the building was named the Aztec Hotel because it was thought the public would not be as familiar with the Mayan civilization.

A novelty attraction frequented by celebrities, the Aztec Hotel nevertheless suffered financial difficulties. A few years after Route 66 was rerouted, the hotel closed in 1935. After reopening in 1938 and undergoing numerous changes, it was finally listed on the National Register of Places in 1978.

Several features, such as the floor tiles, stained glass windows and top light fixtures in the lobby, date back from the 1920s, Baker said. When the Brass Elephant was created in 1983, the right wing of the lobby had been partitioned off. In the last several years, the partition was torn down so the lobby is closer to its original state, and the front doors were restored.

Many of the murals were painted over, but some of them have been restored almost to their original state. One on the east wall, called “The God of Joy” by Stacy-Judd, is still in its original state.

“Interestingly enough, next to the women’s room, the design is called ‘The God of Lust,’” Baker told an amused audience.

Guests have also reported that the ladies room in the main lobby is the location of “psychic phenomemon,” one of several stories of ghostly activity at the hotel. One story involved a pair of newlyweds who purportedly stayed in the famously haunted Room 120 on their wedding night.

“Supposedly their nuptial activities were a little rambunctious,” Baker said. “The bride fell out of bed, struck her head on the radiator, and died from the blow.”

There is another story about the haunted room, with a slightly different yet strangely similar ending.

“A young woman who had the interesting name of Razzle Dazzle allegedly also functioned as an ‘independent contractor’ in the Aztec bar, and one of her clients she went up with, either an argument came up over the monetary proposition, or who was going to do what to whom, and she was shoved and fell and hit her head,” Baker said.

Guests have told Reed and Ott of strange noises and banging coming from Room 129, which is also rumored to be haunted, although it is not as famous as Room 120.

“I think everyone’s familiar with Room 120. People call and ask,” said Reed.

“Specifically for that room,” Ott added.

Not surprisingly, the accounts of ghostly happenings means that the Aztec Hotel has also attracted its share of ghost hunters.

“I’ve got a paranormal group coming out at the end of the month to check up on some stuff,” Reed said.