A new restaurant, Earhart’s Runway Grill, will open April 5 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida, home to the annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In. Earhart’s will specialize in American fare with lunch and dinner served seven days a week. Breakfast will be served on Saturdays and Sundays.
“We’re thrilled to death,” said David Layman who, with his wife Romina, own and operate the restaurant. It will be in the same spot as the popular Tony’s Airside, which closed in February 2008. Layman said the restaurant is named for the famous aviator Amelia Earhart because his great grandfather knew her well.
Layman, a pilot who keeps his plane at the Lakeland airport, said he’s wanted to open a place in the vacant airport spot for a long time. He promises Earhart’s Runway Grill won’t simply be a restaurant with a great view of the airport, it will have an aviation theme, including headphones at all the window seats so visitors can listen to the air traffic control tower at Lakeland.
“With the tower squawking, we’re thinking about kids, who are more mesmerized than anyone” at an airport, Layman said. He said the headphones also serve pilots, who will be able to dial in current airport weather conditions.
For more information: LakelandAirport.com.