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LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:14 pm

http://www.theproudbird.com/proudbir...Proud_Bird_Renovation_PR_FINAL.pdf

Closing February 1st for a 10 month renovation. Should be very nice when done. Glad to see this local icon is continuing.

 

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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:59 pm

Good news indeed. She was showing her age back in the 90's. Let's hope no snags in the remodel process and that it reopens later this year. Good memories looking through the windows there...
 
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:22 pm

I was there just last week and noticed no information about a pending remodel. Good news. Glad to see an update coming. I just hope they keep the outside dining/bar area. My favorite place to dine while there.
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:35 pm

Glad to hear about a remodel.

I wonder if I can make it there next week...

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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:30 pm

When it reopens it will however have nothing to do with the current restaurant.

The new concept will be basically a food court, or food hall with multiple small vendors selling different items.
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:03 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
When it reopens it will however have nothing to do with the current restaurant.

Any idea who will get the banquet contract?
 
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:10 pm

So sad that it won't be a restaurant anymore.
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:23 am

A food court sounds like a great idea ... that would be a great place to get a casual lunch and watch the LAX action.
 
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:06 am

It just wont be the same...not like sitting inside and being waited on...An outdoor food court is better then nothing ..Now there will be two options, that one and In-and-Out to the north...
 
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Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:22 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
The new concept will be basically a food court, or food hall with multiple small vendors selling different items.

That sucks. I love how aviation-centric it has been.
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:16 am

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 3):
I wonder if I can make it there next week...

If you do, let us know.

Would be nice to have a mini meet-up of LAX spotters there, before it changes, if that's something others can swing too.



Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
That sucks. I love how aviation-centric it has been.

  
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:52 pm

Last Day Sunday 1/31
That is the *only* time I can go.
9am to say noon(if people stick around). Reply in this thread. I'll make a reservation.


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Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:28 am

I'm in!
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:36 am

I hope the new owners keep the red neon PROUD BIRD sign on the front of the building. Seeing those letters glowing as we wing in to 25L always means I'm almost home...
 
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:28 am

'Proud Bird with a Golden Tail'



Continental's advertising line for years.



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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:13 pm

No one else for brunch the 31st +Sunday)?

I hoped to do an a.net mini-meet up.

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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:26 pm

Anyone else surprised with how long this project will take? Seems like a long time....
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:26 pm

Quoting B757capt (Reply 16):

The existing building is in pretty bad shape and is an ADA nightmare, so it would basically be a gut to the bones and rebuild. Normal construction is usually about a month for partial demolition, a month for structural work, 3-5 months for building exterior, and 4-5 months for interior work. Kitchens and health inspections can add another month. I would say it is a pretty reasonable schedule.

I am curious how well their business plan works though with the remodel. I have only gone for events and professional organization meetings, and there rarely seemed to be any other customers. It isn't an easy spot to pull people to.
 
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:44 am

Anyone else to meet 1/31 at 9am for brunch at the proud bird?
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:39 am

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 15):
No one else for brunch the 31st +Sunday)?

I hoped to do an a.net mini-meet up.

Sounds like it would be cool to see it off on its last day. I should be in town then.

In any case, I'm sure you'll have more takers as you get closer to the 31st. If anything, I would think it would be more crowded as knowledge of the situation becomes more public.
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Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:23 pm

Quoting JHwk (Reply 17):

That makes more sense... Thanks
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:57 pm

This renovation of Specialty restaurant's half-century old aviation landmark should be met with decidedly mixed feelings. I can understand the concept of changing with the times, but I can't picture the late David Tallichet turning one of his fabulous Disneyesque theme restaurants into a food court.

We aviation enthusiasts enjoy being immersed in the atmosphere of his WWI and WWII restaurants with Glenn Miller playing in the entrance way and servers bringing prime rib to the tables; I was recently at the 100th Bomb Group restaurant adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins airport. An order of tacos or a Starbucks one can get in any airline terminal.
 
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:57 pm

Quoting darksnowynight (Reply 19):
I would think it would be more crowded as knowledge of the situation becomes more public.

Hence why I want to make the reservation a week ahead of time. The reservation slots do fill up.

9am on 1/31. Anyone else? So far only three...

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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:35 pm

I remember my dad taking me there in the late60s early 70s I vaguely remember listening to ATC while watching/hearing arrivals. and the nice smell of jet fuel. nice to see at least something staying there
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Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:10 pm

Sunday brunch is a possibility for me - I'll let you know for certain ASAP.
 
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:12 pm

So far we have four people. Any more? I'd like to make the reservation soon (it is the last day)?

Meet up 1/31, 9am brunch at the Proud bird on the last day it is open.


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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:19 am

Alright, reservation for 4 at 9am on Sunday.

Anyone else?

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Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:27 am

Checking ZED's on UA and AA. If there is room I'll be there.
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Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:30 am

Went for lunch today 1/28. Saw the renderings of the make-over and looks like it will be a Vegas style buffet with multiple stations of various food offerings. Was told that some of the local business people were not happy with that idea. We'll see what happens. I'm looking forward to the building redo, but a little wary of the food concept and whether that's something that will be viable in that area.
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:31 pm

Quoting aalaxfan (Reply 28):
but a little wary of the food concept and whether that's something that will be viable in that area.

Perhaps they're hoping to catch staffers looking for a large variety for cheap?
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Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:48 pm

Quoting LAX772LR (Reply 29):
Perhaps they're hoping to catch staffers looking for a large variety for cheap?

Quite possibly. They may lose some of the business lunch crowd but gain with local staffers as you said. I know I will try it out and if there is still patio seating, I will still go for at least a drink and a view.

I'm also hoping they add daily dinner service.
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:42 am

Quoting KBJCpilot (Reply 27):
Checking ZED's on UA and AA. If there is room I'll be there.

Show up. 9am this Sunday.

They'll accept a few more.
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Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:37 am

I reside nearby so I'll swing by for a short while (count me in).

Edit - may not be much of a day for the spotters since the forecast is for rain from early on.

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Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:55 am

I'll be there with another a.netter in tow. If it's raining, we might just have to be satisfied with watching departures.
 
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Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:22 am

Quoting aaway (Reply 32):
Edit - may not be much of a day for the spotters since the forecast is for rain from early on.

Of course, for those who may not be from here... keep in mind that "rain" in L.A. constitutes about 3 drops per hour.  
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:57 pm

All show up. I'll wear a raincoat. After living in Florida, I learned to deal with rain.

9am Sunday 1/31. Try to be early as about 9:30am the crowd rolls in.

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Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:47 pm

Sounds like how Disney intermediate resort casual dining is arranged, or the setup at our local hospital or at the la convention center. None of these things are places that you would choose to go to if you weren't already there for something else. The food is fine at all of those places I mentioned, but they aren't destinations in and of themselves.
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:29 am

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 35):
I'll wear a raincoat. After living in Florida, I learned to deal with rain.

I almost hope it does rain. I want to see if this new car wax is any good...
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Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:23 am

Everyone. Meet in the entry. We'll head up to the host station at 9am.

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Sun Jan 31, 2016 4:10 pm

Increased reservation. I'm already here. Wearing a grey jacket with a killer 747 embroidered on the back.

Looking forward.
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Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:41 pm

Quoting Max Q (Reply 14):
'Proud Bird with a Golden Tail'



Continental's advertising line for years.



Reminds me of the great Bob Six (only person I ever heard of with a number for a name)
A legendary Airline founder.

As an 8-year-old kid I thought it was the best thing ever to see that Continental DC-10, N68049, nose up to the windows at LAX, with "Robert F. Six" emblazoned in black letters under the cockpit windows. I had no idea who he was, but I was convinced that Robert F. Six was without a doubt the coolest guy in the world. His name was on a DC-10!!! Boarding his namesake on Continental 953 (complete with bar and tabletop Pong game in the forward lounge) was my ticket to a carefree summer down South at my grandpa's house!

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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:39 am

Thanks for putting this together... had fun, great food, and was good to see some of you guys.

Sucks that they're changing everything now!
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:40 am

I second that. Maybe we should cross our fingers a new restaurant opens in the Theme Building so we can have another meet-up there.
 
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RE: LAX Proud Bird Restaurant To Close For Renovation

Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:59 am

Quoting MakeMinesLAX (Reply 42):

I second that. Maybe we should cross our fingers a new restaurant opens in the Theme Building so we can have another meet-up there

Roger that. Great time meeting everyone.

Quoting LAX772LR (Reply 41):

Thanks for putting this together... had fun, great food, and was good to see some of you guys.

I'm not much of a foodie (tuna casserole is a real project for me) but I have to say I was pretty impressed with their brunch offerings.
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