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GCLA Meeting Location Proud Bird To Stay Open Another Year

Posted on December 17, 2013

Historic planes and the latest black limo vehicles compete for attention in the circular drive of The Proud Bird restaurant, site of most GCLA meetings.
Historic planes and the latest black limo vehicles compete for attention in the circular drive of The Proud Bird restaurant, site of most GCLA meetings.

The Proud Bird, the historic LAX restaurant that has been a hangout for some of the nation’s biggest aviation pioneers, will remain open for at least another year after the owner was able to secure a temporary new lease from the Los Angeles World Airports.

[From LCT: The Proud Bird also has served as the primary location since 2005 for membership meetings, Expos, and holiday parties of the Greater California Livery Association. Conveniently located next to LAX and the 405 Freeway, the site makes it easy for limo operators to fly in from other parts of the state and for vehicle vendors to get their buses and stretches to GCLA gatherings. GCLA limo nights at the Proud Bird always get noticed with all the buses and stretches parked out front around its circular drive].

John Tallichet had announced last month that the restaurant would close, after an unsuccessful two-year effort to negotiate a new long-term lease. He said he remained hopeful a last-minute deal could save the restaurant that his father, a bomber pilot during World War II, had opened.

The panoramic windows at The Proud Bird near LAX allow diners to see jetliners approaching the southern-most runways.
The panoramic windows at The Proud Bird near LAX allow diners to see jetliners approaching the southern-most runways.

After an outpouring of community support, Tallichet pledged to keep the Proud Bird open until late December and Thursday evening announced he had a deal with the airport to keep the property open for at least another year while he negotiated a long-term lease.

The restaurant has a collection of 20 historic aircraft and hundreds of photographs that document the long history of aerospace in Southern California.

For the full story, go to www.latimes.com.

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