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Bulger's Beat: Tootsie's neon sign returns to Ryman alley

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The bright lights of downtown Nashville are now a little brighter after a multi-colored classic neon sign returned to Tootsie's.

Years ago, the back alley of Tootsie's linked the famous honky tonk to the Ryman Auditorium.

When that connection faded away, so did the old alley sign, which has sat in storage for years, but is now coming back to life.

Neon sign-making hasn't changed in 100 years. Fire, glass and human breath allows the artist to bend and create.

And a Joslyn and Son Signs in Nashville, they've brought a little history back to the Nashville historical landmark.

"We took about 40 pounds of rust out of it, cleaned it up real good, repainted it and we've restored it back to its original glory. Hopefully it looks better today than it did 60 years ago," Bobby Joslyn said.

The original sign from the Tootsie's alley once again links the famous purple building's back side to the red-bricked Ryman.

Joslyn's neon signs are largely the reason Lower Broadway lights up so nicely at night.

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