Polar King’s Iconic Plywood Mascots Removed Due to Wear and Tear

In a nostalgic yet necessary move, the iconic plywood mascots atop Polar King diner on Powell Boulevard have been taken down. These 8-foot-tall signs, which had become an integral part of the diner’s identity over the decades, were removed by volunteers the week of May 13 due to severe wear and tear from years of exposure to the Oregon elements.

A Beloved Landmark

For over 70 years, Polar King has been a beloved fixture in the Portland area, serving comfort food to generations of diners. The plywood mascots, which many remember fondly, stood as cheerful sentinels welcoming everyone to the eatery. However, time and weather took their toll, leaving the mascots covered in grime, with dents and flaking paint.

Challenges of Preservation

Managing the removal of these large signs was no small feat for the volunteers involved. The mascots’ significant size and the extent of wear made the task challenging, but it was necessary to preserve the safety and aesthetic integrity of the site. The removal marks the end of an era but also represents a commitment to maintaining the diner’s welcoming atmosphere and focusing on what they do best—serving hearty, comforting meals.

Looking Forward

Despite the loss of its iconic mascots, the community’s support and love for the diner endure, ensuring that Polar King continues to be a cherished spot for locals and visitors alike.

This development is a poignant reminder of the importance of preserving historical landmarks while adapting to practical needs. As Polar King looks ahead, the spirit of its iconic mascots will undoubtedly live on in the memories of all who cherished them.

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