Full Story:When the 56th Fighter Group restaurant closes its doors Aug.12, departing with it is a nod to Long Island history. The restaurant is named for an Army Air Forces unit that relied on P-47s, built by Republic Aviation, to achieve a high rate of air-to-air kills in World War II. Located on the grounds of Republic Airport, the restaurant is a part of the Specialty Restaurants Corp. of Anaheim, Calif.
John D. Tallichet, president and chairman of the company...said that "Our landlord has been great to work with" but that plans to move the restaurant next to the American Airpower Museum never materialized. He also said that high taxes and the complexity of dealing with different agencies in trying to make the move had ultimately kept the restaurant from remaining open and moving to next to the museum. "We love the area" and hope to get re-established somewhere nearby, Tallichet said.
It's interesting that Tallichet said they had plans to move next to the AAM, as one of the old proposals for the AAM that I remember hearing was to move to a new building on the Rt110 side of the airport next to the current restaurant location.