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An Enormous New Food Hall Is Arriving Near The LAX Runways Next Year

A rendering of the new food hall heading near LAX (Image courtesy of The Proud Bird)
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A huge food hall with panoramic views of the LAX runways will take over a historic restaurant next year.

The Proud Bird, the aviation-themed restaurant by the airport, will transform over the coming year into a massive hall with food vendors, bars and more, according to a release from the restaurant. In addition to a variety of food and beverage kiosks, the 50,000-square-foot space will also include a spot dedicated to the historic restaurant, which has operated there since 1967.

While the specifics of which food and drink vendors will occupy the space are yet unknown, plans already include communal tables, lounge seating, a bar and an open kitchen for The Proud Bird. There will also be six refurbished banquet rooms and a main ballroom. Lauren Kyles, who was recently the executive chef for Public School 818 and 805, will helm the kitchen at the revamped restaurant, according to the L.A. Times.

Fans of the historic restaurant will also be happy to hear that you'll still be able to watch planes take off and land at LAX. Though, this time you'll watch them through towering floor-to-ceiling windows with a panoramic view. There will also be a P-40 Flying Tiger replica and aircraft memorabilia hanging from the ceiling of the hall.

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With the stellar line-up at the evolving Grand Central Market, and the food and craft-heavy Smorgasburg market heading to downtown this year, our options for great food halls are looking good.

The Proud Bird will close on February 1 to begin the renovation, which is expected to take 10 months.