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Aviation-Loving Food Hall The Proud Bird Takes Flight This Summer Near LAX

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And there will be some seriously cool stuff inside

The future Proud Bird
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Flight patterns are starting to line up for The Proud Bird, the new LAX-adjacent food hall with an aviation theme. If all goes as planned, things should kick off by May 15.

Update: This story has been updated to reflect a new summer opening, likely sometime in June.

The long-running Proud Bird space has been getting a massive overhaul since early 2016, but things are starting to wrap up. That’s good news for fans of the 60s-era restaurant space, and even better news for aviation geeks looking to eyeball some aircraft memorabilia. Among the proposed final details to land on site is a full Douglas DC-3 Dakota plane, as well as a Soviet-era jet fighter, and a Lockheed Model 12 (of which only 130 were reportedly ever made).

On the food and beverage front, expect a handful of stalls working a variety of “globally-inspired” menu items from within the larger compound, plus options for grabbing a drink while watching the planes come in. The cheekily-named Mile High Club will offer cocktails as well as beer and wine, and the entire 50,000 square foot space will be draped in glass so customers can get a good look at the runways beyond.

With additional private dining and corporate event space available, it’s natural to assume that the Westside Proud Bird property will become a new hotspot for corporate types and travelers alike once it opens next month. Until then, interested parties can put their name in for any number of new jobs available on property, from sous chef to banquet server.

The Proud Bird
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA