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Tulare, California: Airplane Fuselage Turned Eatery

Several different restaurants have come and gone as tenants. But the plane, resting on the ground without wheels, remains.

240 N. L St., Tulare, CA
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.
July 2019: Reported closed. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Plane as a restaurant.


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.

[ 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 hangar 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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