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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Chinese restaurant in Vermont occupying a former steakhouse where a “STEAK” sign was changed to “TEA” is fighting a violation notice over repairs. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the “STEAK $5.99” sign was built in 1962; Panda North took over in 1990. The town wanted the property owner to remove the sign because steak was no longer $5.99. He decided to remove part of it, leaving “TEA.” The town took him to court, but a judge found in 1998 the sign could stay. Zoning administrator Brain Bannon says panels are missing and lighting fixtures are exposed. Restaurant lawyer Bruce Hesslbach said his clients are interested in putting up a “Panda North” sign but don’t want to get involved in an old fight. It’s appealing the violation notice July 20.


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