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LAX - Proud Bird Restaurant To Close

Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:56 pm

The aviation themed restaurant adjacent to the 25-Runway complex is set to close on November 21st after 48-years.

The restaurant which sits on 8.3 acres of commercial property has been without a permanent lease since April 2011.
According to LAWA the restaurant has been paying below market value rents and has been unable to reach a new rental agreement for the site.





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http://www.dailybreeze.com/general-n...nt-at-lax-announces-plans-to-close

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[Edited 2013-09-26 09:11:45]
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:07 pm

Noooooo!! My mother brought me there for my middle school graduation dinner 25 years ago. The awesome filet while watching the birds go into the 25s and the old planes all over the grounds was definantely a formative in my developing love for aviation. I really hope a resturant remains should the lease get taken over.
 
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:23 pm

What a shame. Too bad
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:32 pm

That Really Sucks. I Love the Sunday Brunch, and the Dinners. Its a Good place to have Meetings, Close to work.
I hope there is some chance of reprieve. Thanks for the link.
 
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:35 pm

What a shame! I'm glad I got to go there for a quince años. It will be missed  
 
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RE: LAX - Proud Bird Restaurant To Close

Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:50 pm

Personally this does not come as a surprise.

It just seems things have been slow in recent years, especially compared to the 90s.

The parking lot seems rather quiet always, and I have not attended any airline or government related events there in ages. It seems they have not attracted to volume of business of past years.

Also probably does not help, the place is getting old, both the interior and exterior show their age with seemingly these guys not putting money back in to the place to freshen it up. After all the restaurant and event hosting business is very competitive industry especially in a market like LA where one has so much choice.
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:00 pm

Tons of great memories. Sunday Brunch after church. Memorabilia shows in the 90s. High School awards dinners. But the best were from the early 70s when we kids rode our bikes from home in Manhattan Beach and camped in the parking lot all day armed with a Radio Shack Jetstream VHF radio tuned to 118.9.

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Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:02 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):

Did this place have any connection to Continental? The old CO was headquartered close by and their slogan was (IIRC) the Proud Bird with the Golden Tail before their move to Houston.

I always assumed it had some tangental connection.
 
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:02 pm

Where are they going to move the airplanes on display? I hope LAWA doesn't trash them!
 
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:58 pm

I was wondering, was there some kind of chain restaurants like this back in the day ? There used to be one by BUF. Plus the one by MIA and this one @ LAX .
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:06 pm

Too bad, there was a similar restaurant outside of DC in College Park, MD called the 94th Aero Squadron. It overlooked the runway at CGS.
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:54 pm

NOOOOO! That makes me a little sad. Visited twice and loved the old world feeling as well as the view.

This place reminded me of the aero squadron restaurant at STL.
 
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:08 pm

It always makes me laugh to hear a landlord claim the tenant won't pay "market" rates for a property. Unless there are others pounding on their door, begging to lease the property, the rate the tenant offers to pay is the market rate. Usually, the landlord thinks that it's too hard for the business to move so they have them over a barrel, but as we see, it's cheaper just to CLOSE than to pay a "market" rate for this property.

How long will it take to find a new tenant? Can't build anything tall there, right under the flight path, and a lot of companies wouldn't want to be located there.

Is Wally Park going to build a facility there? How long will it take? How many years will it take the landlord to recoup the months of no rent they will endure rather than coming to a more agreeable "market" rate for the property. How many pennies-wise will this pound-foolish landlord be? Or do they have someone lined up?

You see this all the time in LA. Just talking to a friend today who had a tile store in Burbank, landlord felt a 20% raise in rent in 2008 was reasonable, friend didn't agree and moved his business instead of paying extortion, building went unrented for 18 months!

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Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:14 pm

I watched the final Space Shuttle landing from there. Sad news indeed. Someone should rally In-N-Out to open a chain there; and spotters will rejoice at having 2 good LAX approach locations with decent food!
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:21 pm

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 13):

Actually, that may not be a bad idea. The other one will be destroyed when LAX pushes the 24s north soon.
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:35 pm

Great memories there in the mid 90's.

There are/were 94th Aero Squandron restaurants around the country. One was at PIE, but closed early 90's. Another was at Montgomery Field in San Diego, not sure if it is still open.
 
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:51 pm

A sure sign that the apocalypse is upon us...I hope there are plans for all of the planes and that they get moved before some damn wrecker from the landlord comes in and just crushes them. There are some great planes there.

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Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:04 am

Thanks for the news. My wife already wants to go spotting when Hello Kitty is there, so it works out, especially if it is Wednesday when my daughter plays soccer in Manhattan Beach.

Quote:
airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said the company has not sent an official letter of termination to Los Angeles World Airports, the restaurant’s landlord.

So it isn't exactly a done deal. Possibly the Proud Bird leaked this story to get some public response passed on to the LA City council.

Quoting ikramerica (Reply 12):
Unless there are others pounding on their door, begging to lease the property, the rate the tenant offers to pay is the market rate.

  

LAWA's responsibility is to operate their airports efficiently. If they think they should get more rent for on-airport property, they can and should try. If they get the increase, they have done their job. If they accept whatever they can get, they have done their job. If they find a way to keep an asset like Proud Bird on the property, they have done their job. If they let it go vacant without a good reason, then the people of LA lose out, even though the Proud Bird's rent is less than a rounding error in the city budget.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:06 am

What type of planes are parked there?
 
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:18 am

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 15):
Great memories there in the mid 90's.

There are/were 94th Aero Squandron restaurants around the country. One was at PIE, but closed early 90's. Another was at Montgomery Field in San Diego, not sure if it is still open.

As part of the same restaurant group, we had 56th fighter group restaraunt here at FRG. Most in the chain are closed now, and I can relate to the same feelings everyone has had about the Proud Bird as I had the same connection to the 56th.....broke my heart when it closed. Looks like ill have to plan a trip to LAX to check this one out before its too late!
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:35 am

The end of an ERA, that's for sure.
I remember many LAACA meetings and Christmas parties being held there.
It was always a good place to run into other Airline Sales reps as they took a lunch break there.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:41 am

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 15):
There are/were 94th Aero Squandron restaurants around the country. One was at PIE, but closed early 90's.

One @ SRQ also.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:01 am

I might pop by for one last visit on my trip to LAX next month. That was my first ever Spotter's location I visited in the US.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:56 am

Quoting DarkSnowyNight (Reply 14):
Actually, that may not be a bad idea. The other one will be destroyed when LAX pushes the 24s north soon.

Oh yeah, forgot about that.. This could be a decent alternative then. But whatever happens, I hope the site remains as an area to be able to spot from. It's fantastic for winter evenings.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:40 am

By no means a complete or precise list. From memory and google earth!

Republic P47N
Bell X1 - replica
Lockheed P-38
Mig 15
North American P-51D
SBD-5 Dauntless
Grumman TBM Avenger
Fokker D VII
S.P.A.D. XIII
Messerschmitt BF-109
Beech Mod. 18
Chance Vought F4U Corsair
Curtiss P-40
Lockheed P80
Douglas A4C
Grumman F6F Hellcat

All and all a very nice group of planes.

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RE: LAX - Proud Bird Restaurant To Close

Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:59 am

Who is up for brunch this Sunday? (September 29th?)

It is sad, so we might as well see her off!

I actually never ate there, but I would walk around the place during lunch walks when I used to work a short distance away.

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Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:06 am

Ah… The Proud Bird. My memories of the place goes back more than 40 years with my first visit in the late 60’s. Over the years I have probably eaten there more than 70 times with family and friends. One memorable occasion was dining there before I departed on my honeymoon to Hong Kong back in 1982. We traveled on a World DC-10 from the West Imperial Terminal (now the Flight Path Museum) to Oakland. From there we took World 1 (747 swing nose) to Seattle, on to Anchorage, then to Taipei, and finally Hong Kong. I most certainly will be dining there one more time before they close.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:23 am

Quoting ikramerica (Reply 12):

I think you're reaching. A lot of people own their property outright and only pay incremental RE taxes on it. You're under much less of a burden if so. Leesors usually have a reason to do what they're doing, unless under duress.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:34 am

Aww, that's too bad if it all goes through. I hope whatever turns up to replace it, if anything, keeps their parking lot open. The place had been looking somewhat shabby I guess... I last ate there on my birthday in 2009, but I've hung around nearby for arriving aircraft many times since.
 
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:37 am

I recently went there for my 16th birthday, on July 7th. I might as well go to for the last time, before it closes....   
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:42 am

Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 27):

Opportunity cost and lost revenue. Unless you have a new tenant lined up, you are often very foolish to raise the rents on an old tenant beyond what they can pay. Commercial properties are more valuable with long term leases attached even if not at the top potential rent. Forgoing a year's rent as your property sits empty can take a decade to make up.

LAWA may have another tenant or use lined up. We will find out. My wager is on parking facilities.
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RE: LAX - Proud Bird Restaurant To Close

Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:05 pm

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 15):
There are/were 94th Aero Squandron restaurants around the country.



So it was a chain . I only ate at the one @ BUF once . It was sort of hard to find if you didn't know how to get back there . Great spotting location,too . It closed around 2004. How could I ever forget being threatened for arrest by the lovely NFTA for 'not having permission to be there ' spotting in 2005. Um,it's closed ??? The place sat derelict for years until the helicopter medivac people took it over .
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:26 pm

This is a shock to all we anetters who have patronized the Proud Bird over the years for all sorts of occasions; a meal before an overseas flight, birthdays, Christmas and retirement parties.

Specialty Restaurants and David Tallichet Jr. could (and should) be exploring nearby locations. After all another airline crew favorite, Paco's Cantina, burned down in the original location on Lincoln Blvd. and resurrected afterward on Manchester.

I can't picture LAX without the Proud Bird any more than Cleveland Hopkins without the 100th Bomb Group.

[Edited 2013-09-27 06:31:19]
 
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:36 pm

Quoting ikramerica (Reply 12):
Unless there are others pounding on their door, begging to lease the property, the rate the tenant offers to pay is the market rate. Usually, the landlord thinks that it's too hard for the business to move so they have them over a barrel, but as we see, it's cheaper just to CLOSE than to pay a "market" rate for this property.

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Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:25 pm

What a shame! This makes me so sad as I have so many memories of this place.

One of them was eating there on September 12, 2001. Absolutely eerie to see LAX so still that day.

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Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:57 pm

Ahhh, I guess I'll finally have to go eat there before it closes....

Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 10):
Too bad, there was a similar restaurant outside of DC in College Park, MD called the 94th Aero Squadron.
Quoting n92r03 (Reply 15):
There are/were 94th Aero Squandron restaurants around the country.

Van Nuys has one too. Overlooking the runways as well.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:02 pm

I go a few times a years. Best visit was to celebrate the 102 birthday of California's oldest female vet. She was a riveter in WWII, so a luncheon there made sense.

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RE: LAX - Proud Bird Restaurant To Close

Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:04 pm

Here are some bits of info..

The restaurant was paying $217,200 annually for rent under a multi-decade agreement that expired in 2011. Pending a new agreement this rent continued.

Current market rent for the facility based on this existing LAWA rates, the revised rent would be $510,000 annually.
LAWA does not have any discretion to modify rental rates on per tenant basis, per LA City charter, and the Proud Bird would need to pay current rental rates in effect as all other tenants pay.

Proud Bird says the current market rate makes the restaurant not feasible.

Also apparently Proud Bird owners will try to work with museums around the US to take over some of the aircraft that sit around the property.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:40 pm

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 15):
There are/were 94th Aero Squandron restaurants around the country. One was at PIE, but closed early 90's. Another was at Montgomery Field in San Diego, not sure if it is still open.
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 35):
Van Nuys has one too. Overlooking the runways as well.

I really had no idea there were multiples. I do not think it was a chain of the same owners though. My grandfather used to take me to the one at CGS, the food wasn't that good, I think he just liked it because he fought in the war.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:08 am

Quoting airzim (Reply 7):
Did this place have any connection to Continental?

No, the restaurant was founded by David Talichet. He started the whole themed restaurant business concept back in the 50's or 60's. In the mean time, he became a large vintage aircraft/War bird collector with his planes placed in museums across the country.

At one point, he owned over 150 aircraft, registered under the MARC (Military Aircraft Restoration Corp) name. However, later in his life, especially after filing bankruptcy, he began selling them off. He has since passed away, and his estate continues to pull planes out of the museums who have been restoring them and selling them off.

Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 10):
Too bad, there was a similar restaurant outside of DC in College Park, MD called the 94th Aero Squadron. It overlooked the runway at CGS.

94th Aero Squadron was also Talichet's, so more or less, the same company

Quoting Qantas59 (Reply 18):
What type of planes are parked there?
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 37):
Also apparently Proud Bird owners will try to work with museums around the US to take over some of the aircraft that sit around the property.

Most of the planes there are fake fiberglass replicas. If the Canopy is white, it is a fake. Not only did they make fake aircraft for their restaurants, but they also were able to get some aircraft from the military that were either up on poles or were gate guards by replacing them with fiberglass copies.

Due to our Experiences with MARC, I would be highly surprised to see them at a museum, without that museum first buying them.

[Edited 2013-09-27 22:10:38]

[Edited 2013-09-27 22:11:48]
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:12 am

Quoting flightsimer (Reply 39):


Quoting airzim (Reply 7):
Did this place have any connection to Continental?

No, the restaurant was founded by David Talichet. He started the whole themed restaurant business concept back in the 50's or 60's. In the mean time, he became a large vintage aircraft/War bird collector with his planes placed in museums across the country.

Not sure if I can believe this, Continentals slogan for years was 'the proud bird with the golden tail' and I have heard the restaurant had a connection with CAL, it seems too 'coincidental'


I went there years ago, honestly, it had seen better times, faded would be a generous description.
Nevertheless it is a real shame.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:43 am

There was a 94th Aero Squandron at SNA also. The one in San Diego is still open.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:31 pm

Quoting flightsimer (Reply 39):
Most of the planes there are fake fiberglass replicas. If the Canopy is white, it is a fake. Not only did they make fake aircraft for their restaurants

I remember eating at an Aero Squadron restaurant at FXE in the early 1980’s where they had some airplanes parked outside on the grass between the restaurant and the runway and one of them was a P-51.

I asked the manager if that was a real P-51 and he said no, it was a fiberglass replica. He knew that the real ones were worth a lot of money and that they had inquiries in the past if they would be interested in selling the airplane, but when he told them is was a fake that ended the conversation.

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Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:57 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 37):

Ah, government. Gotta love it.

Will be interesting to see who's going to pay $40k a month for that land.

At that rate there's no chance the two sides can come to an agreement.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:30 pm

SInce no once replied on brunch, I'm going their tomorrow morning with a non-airliners.net friend.

I hope someone shows up. IM me if you're going. But for now, I plan to reserve a table but for two.

http://www.theproudbird.com/proudbird/brunch.aspx

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Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:37 pm

Quoting United_fan (Reply 31):

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 15):
There are/were 94th Aero Squandron restaurants around the country.

So it was a chain .

The same group owned a small chain of "Quiet Cannon" restaurants. Are any of them still around? There was one right next to the (docked) Queen Mary, and I do remember one in San Jose as well. The current Montebello location of the same name doesn't appear to be one of the original group.
 
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:59 pm

Quoting Max Q (Reply 40):

Trust me, the museum I'm involved with has dealed with Tallichet, or since his death in 2007, his estate, since 1987. He built and paid for our hangar out of his own pocket.

He started the themed restaurant business along with his partner who was involved with theme parks. While the name may have been inspired by CAL, CAL was not a part of the restaurant in any way that I know of.

Quoting jetstar (Reply 42):

As for the replicas, a lot of bases have them as well. In fact the P-51K Mustang (same as D, just built in Dallas) we had of his was procured from the Air National Guard. It was a Ramp guard that was up on a pedestal and was practically brand new when they took it down. In return for the plane, he gave the ANG two P-51 replicas.

However, after he broke the agreement he made for the procurement of the aircraft, the ANG and most other branches changed the way they dealt with people who wanted aircraft. It's very, very hard to get one now unless the base is closing and it otherwise would be destroyed.
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:45 am

I had a wondereful dinner there with a friend a few years ago. I loved the overhead landings.
 
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:05 am

Quoting flightsimer (Reply 46):

Trust me, the museum I'm involved with has dealed with Tallichet, or since his death in 2007, his estate, since 1987. He built and paid for our hangar out of his own pocket.

He started the themed restaurant business along with his partner who was involved with theme parks. While the name may have been inspired by CAL, CAL was not a part of the restaurant in any way that I know of.

Thanks for the information, another illusion of mine goes up in smoke !
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:06 pm

One thing I remember when I ate at the Aero Squadron at FXE around 1980 was all the tables by the windows that overlooked the runways had headsets so you could listen in to the tower.

That particular restaurant was set up as a WWI field hospital and the waitresses wore WWI nurse uniforms and they also had an outside sitting area with a fire pit that was set up as a bombed out bunker. I looked at Google Earth and the building is gone, torn down but the parking lot is still there and nothing has been built on the site of the restaurant.

I was dating a girl back then who lived just up the road so we often stopped in for a few drinks or sometimes dinner, great memories.

JetStar