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When the current owners took over the ca.-1770 building in the late 1970s, they covered the rounded parts of the long-standing neon “BAR” sign, leaving it to read “EAR.” The purpose was to avoid the lengthy review of new signage by the Landmark Commission. The unlit parts of the "B" are still visible in the photo shown.