Large Marge will NEVER SEND ANYONE to the Wheel Inn AGAIN. The Cabazon diner, made famous in the always-underrated-because-it's-seriously-so-so-good film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, closed about a week and a half ago, the Press-Enterprise reports. (It also appeared somewhat less excitingly in the Tears For Fears video for "Everybody Wants to Rule the World.") The restaurant needed work and wasn't making enough money, apparently, to satisfy the landlord. The adjacent dinosaurs, built in the '60s and '70s by Knotts Berry Farm sculptor Claude Bell, are under separate--creationist--management, and ABC7 wonders if they'll be able to stay afloat without the diner, which is kind of missing the point on roadside attractions (more on their history and construction here). The Wheel Inn "is more than a half century old" and was also known for its pies, velvet painting gallery, and still-working payphones. It will be missed by Tim Burton fans, kitsch-lovers, and anyone who needs to pee on the way to Palm Springs.
· CABAZON: Landmark dinosaur-themed Wheel Inn closes [PE]
· Cabazon Dinosaurs Didn't Come From Amber-Encased Mosquitoes [Curbed LA]