Categories: General
      Date: May 16, 2013
     Title: Airport Café gets a new do

By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Airport Café that burned June 2, 2012 was purchased by Wally Johnson. Misty Matthews was at the café when grease that had been over heated caught fire. The café received smoke damage throughout and extensive damage to the kitchen. The café was constructed prior to the requirement of fire suppression hoods and this too was a contributing factor in the destruction and damage to the local favorite breakfast and lunch spot.



By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Airport Café that burned June 2, 2012 was purchased by Wally Johnson. Misty Matthews was at the café when grease that had been over heated caught fire. The café received smoke damage throughout and extensive damage to the kitchen. The café was constructed prior to the requirement of fire suppression hoods and this too was a contributing factor in the destruction and damage to the local favorite breakfast and lunch spot.  
The Airport Café was a metal manufactured building which was one of the last “Little Diners” sold. The structure was manufactured in Wichita, Kansas and brought in to the airport in 1970 in two separate halves. The pieces were bolted together and “the first burger I served cost me $42,000,” stated owner Cecil Ingram. “You’d have to ask Boog Wallace, but I think a cup of coffee was a dime.” The café officially opened in the summer of 1970 and employed as many as 10 people at one time, according to Ingram.

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