Repairs appear to be moving forward on a 75-year-old marquee sign that was damaged last May.

The sign, now owned by Barrel and Boar restaurant at 8 N. State St., was damaged by a semitrailer that ran onto the curb while making a turn last May, said Christa Dickey, Westerville's community-affairs coordinator.

Stan Riley, owner of Barrel and Boar, said it became a process to get the sign fixed because of its age.

"I contacted no less than six sign companies and no one would take the job," he said.

He said his restaurant's Westerville location had been open for only four months when the incident occurred and business declined as a result. Riley said his managers at the location were getting complaints from customers.

"People really take ownership of the town," he said.

Plans for renovations were brought before the Uptown Review Board on March 7. Both the contractor, AMPM Contractors LLC, and Riley were unable to attend the meeting.

Board members discussed some cosmetic changes to the sign, including the whiteness of the sign and changes to the neon. The board approved changes to make the sign panels appear more white.

Proposed changes to the neon will be brought before the Uptown Review Board at a date yet to be determined.

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