I remember when I first arrived at the Tri-Cities. It was back in 2014, in February. It was cold and raining. We were packed up in two cars and two cats moving from southern CA to start a new life here. We were detoured because I-84 was washed out due to all the rain. Anyway, not knowing anything about the area, my husband and I needed to get a room it was late. We got a room at Motel 6 off Highway 240. I remember because right next door was the Great Wall Buffet.

Fast forward to today. I was perusing Reddit, and I saw a familiar sight, posted by "Tumbleweed Tornado."

Credit: Tumbleweed Tornado-Reddit
Credit: Tumbleweed Tornado-Reddit

Never noticed that The Great Wall Super Chinese Buffet has a clock tower that says “spaghetti is ready”!

What was this business originally, BEFORE it became the Chinese buffet? Does anyone know? Was the restaurant name Spaghetti is Ready?

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On the Reddit site, some people replied:

Credit: Reddit
Credit: Reddit

I love reading all about Tri-Cities and finding out what was where. Spaghetti is Ready is what's on the tower. It must be from the establishment before The Great Wall Super Chinese Buffet.

Of course, I had to drive by, and look what else I saw!


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