Tulare, California: Restaurant Inside an Airplane

A hot dog eatery in the guts of a restored airplane.

Richard's Lunch Box

Address:
240 N. L St., Tulare, CA
Directions:
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.
Hours:
M-Sa 10:30 am - 7 pm, Su 11 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
559-686-6800
RA Rates:
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Plane as a restaurant. Aerodog

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

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]
Aerodogs in the plane. Aero Dogs

Pretty cool. My daughter loved getting to sit inside the airplane fuselage to eat.

[Kelly, 06/15/2010]
Aerodogs seen from the street. 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 hanger for meetings/gatherings.

[Kim Hedrick, 08/11/2007]
Aero Dogs

Hot dog stand that was once an airplane.

[Bob Trzeciak, 04/27/2006]

The owners converted a 1951 Convair T-29A "Flying Classroom" into a sit-down weiner stand. The plane, which is 79 ft. long and nine feet wide, is wingless.

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