As reported on BHB, Armando’s owner Peter Byros is getting ready to reopen his legendary Montague Street eatery soon. On tap to return is the lobster sign which was part of the streetscape for 7 decades but taken down when Byros leased the space to the ill-fated Spicy Pickle. There’s one catch before the lobster lights up once again reports the Brooklyn Paper:
Brooklyn Paper: Is it lights…: But when Byros removed it to make way for the now-closed Spicy Pickle sandwich chain, the sign lost its protected status. Now, he’s applied for permission to affix it anew above his bistro, which was 72 years old when it closed.
“I have the sign in storage, all cleaned up,” said a hopeful Byros, who added that he’s “working with city.”
The potential disappearance of the signage briefly inspired an ultimately unsuccessful online drive led by Brooklyn Heights Blog writer Homer Fink to win a special landmark designation for the sign itself.
“It’s a beautiful sign and it lights up the whole block,” Fink said last March. “It’s been here for many decades, so I thought, ‘Why not try to save something as iconic as the lobster?’”