Charlotte’s Iconic Penguin Drive-In Sign To Be Donated, Preserved

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The iconic Penguin Drive-In sign in Plaza Midwood will be removed on Friday, before being donated and preserved.

Thanks to Calle Sol Latin Café & Cevicheria, one panel will be donated to the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association to hang at Midwood Park and the other panel is expected to hang at the Charlotte History Museum for preservation.

Restaurant officials say this is the best way for them to recognize and honor the history of the space, without confusing future diners showing up at Calle Sol thinking its The Penguin.

The Penguin Drive-In sign has been part of Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood since 1954, and restaurant officials say they look forward to seeing what the neighborhood association does with it.

“Brian Rowe and Jimmy King’s Penguin was a Plaza Midwood institution for dive bar food, drinks and fun. Everyone hated to see it go, but PMNA is happy to help preserve the beloved sign and memory of the Penguin,” said Lisa Swayne Proud, President of the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association.

A retirement viewing for the sign will take place in the parking lot of Calle Sol on Friday, September 3rd at 3:30 p.m., with the restaurant providing a taste of their lunch menu during the event.