Then: In the early 1970s, a striking landmark found a home along the South Burlington business district in Hastings.
It was a giant, larger-than-life, fiberglass bull.
10 feet high, planted on wooden pivots, and adorned with changeable marquees and a welcoming expression, it was the landmark of the former Sirloin Stockade restaurant, which served steaks, potatoes and a plentiful salad bar to Hastings customers until 1982.
Now: The restaurant building at 1036 S. Burlington has been vacant for almost five years. The signs from the former 88 China Buffet restaurant still grace the vacant building, and 'no parking' signs divert loiterers.