"Mad" Sign Scramble as Polka Dot Sign Goes Down and Phnom Penh Sandwich Station Takes a Step Closer to WRJ

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If you happened to be at the corner of North and South Main Streets in White River Junction on Sunday around 4:30 pm, you saw the passing of an era. The old sign over the Polka Dot Diner, there for decades, is gone. The diner's new tenant -- Lebanon's Phnom Penh Sandwich Station -- has laid down its marker.

The popular Cambodian take-out restaurant announced back in May that it would be opening its second location in the old Polka Dot. Work on the site has been measured, but proprietor Sarin Tin expects to be open sometime this fall.  

Fans of the old Polka Dot sign shouldn't despair. Just as developer Mike Davidson of Execusuite LLC did with the old Gulf sign at Lucky's Coffee Garage in Lebanon, the Polka Dot sign will take up a prominent place of honor inside the new restaurant. 

"It was a mad scramble yesterday afternoon as folks tried to make off with an iconic piece of WRJ history," writes Execusuite managing agent Tim Sidore. "Folks were concerned the Polka Dot signs would be thrown away. But our sign creator, Tim Shay, successfully liberated them. They are safe and sound at an undisclosed location for the time being, before they go back up inside the new restaurant!"

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