Tulare, California: Restaurant Inside an Airplane (Closed)A hot dog eatery was in the guts of a restored airplane. Restaurant closed, plane still visible.
Richard's Lunch Box
- 240 N. L St., Tulare, CA
- Richard's Lunch Box. In an older part of downtown Tulare, off East Tulare Ave. on N. L St. Hwy 99 to 137 west into town, then turn north on N. L St.
- June 2016: Reported closed.
Visitor Tips and News About Restaurant Inside an Airplane
Permanently closed, apparently. It was empty and the sign on it shows for rent.[Mike, 06/26/2016]
Tom's Smokin' Barbeque (formerly known as Aeorodogs) is now called "Richard's Lunch Box" and is closed on Mondays.[Gerald Robe, 05/24/2013]
Hard to fathom why Tom, and now Richard, named their restaurants without acknowledging that the building is in fact an airplane.
Aerodog closed in early 2012 -- but you can't keep a restaurant inside a 1951 T-29 Corsair fuselage empty for long. The eatery was bought by a local caterer named Henry Gayton, and reopened in March in the same spot as "Tom's Smokin Barbeque." Only the name and menu have changed; you still eat inside the airplane. Tom is Gayton's teenage son. The aerodogs evidently flew off along with the old owners.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/29/2012]
Pretty cool. My daughter loved getting to sit inside the airplane fuselage to eat.[Kelly, 06/15/2010]
Aerodogs - Eat in an Airplane
Hot dog cafe built in a restored 1951 T-29 Air Force navigation training plane. I found out about this place in a copy of Pacific Flyer (aviation newspaper) a couple of years ago. I take my parents (in their 90s) there from Bakersfield once a year for a road trip for them.
Very cool and great quality/selection of dogs. Small aircraft hangar for meetings/gatherings.[Kim Hedrick, 08/11/2007]