Minton's Playhouse at 118th Street had its iconic neon sign taken down this past August and we incorrectly made the assumption that the project would be a restoration. We walked by the jazz landmark's location by St. Nicholas Avenue today just as the new awning was being installed and was a little surprised to see the change in direction. A minimalist modern awning had arrived and the neon reminiscent to the dismantled Lenox Lounge apparently will no longer be part of this street corner. Minton's was established back in 1938 and some of the high profile downtown restauranteurs would probably have restored it to its original look along with some slight modern updates. The aforementioned formula has worked uptown also in recent years but for some reason the revival of Minton's will miss this particular mark.