"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






Gilbert's Elvis takes walk on Lonely Street

Elvis has left the building.

On 25 January we reported news of an Elvis statue outside a restaurant in Arizona. The statue of the King of Rock and Roll outside the newly opened Hearthrob Cafe was an eye-catcher, but apparently it caught the eye of Gilbert's code compliance officers.

Turns out the fiberglass King was a sign without a permit. Owner Marty Bertzyk had said the restaurant would put the statue out "until the city says we can't."

Famous last words, it would seem. The day after an article about Elvis shaking up things in Gilbert's downtown appeared in The Arizona Republic, Hearthrob received a visit, and a warning ticket, from the folks in code compliance. "As soon as we put it up, they came and made us take it down," Bertzyk said.

Perhaps the statue of the young rock rebel in front of the restaurant at 302 N. Gilbert Road, was simply too much of a hunka-hunka burnin' love for Western-themed downtown Gilbert. Adam Adams, the town's code compliance manager, said it wasn't a problem with Elvis himself, but rather how the statue was being used.

"The manner that they were using it in falls under the town's sign definition," Adams said. No permit, no sign allowed. But there's a chance the King could make a comeback if Hearthrob's owners apply through the proper channels, he said.

The restaurant's plan was to rotate displays of the attention-getting statues during business hours, which include two Elvises, Marilyn and the Blues Brothers. It's probably a good thing that they hadn't put Marilyn Monroe out yet, what with the added indecency fines they might have faced had her billowy white dress blown skyward on a blustery day.

Now, if Hearthrob wants to put Elvis and his celebrity friends back out, they'll need a permit. Unless they're looking for a little Jailhouse Rock.

(News, Source: azcentral.com)









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