The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge, a restaurant
located at St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Airport and owned and
operated by local restaurateur Steve Westphal, opened in April with a
Marketed as a "café by day, bistro by night,"
breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to a bar menu of appetizers,
beer and wine. It is located on the second floor of the airport
offers a full view of the runway from the restaurant's veranda. The
eatery hosts bands from throughout the Tampa Bay region on Thursday
"It's been a phenomenal reception," says owner
Steve Westphal. We've been very well-received by surrounding
neighborhoods who have been waiting for a long time to see something
here at the airport. Today we had some of the guys from the Coast Guard
station next door as well as a lady from the Mahaffey Theater
, a senator,
and about 300 other people such as kids from USF
a couple blocks over. But our
strongest support is from airport people -- the pilots, crews and
airport alumni. I'd like to think we've been a catalyst for other
businesses picking up since we've been here."
also owns and operates the Parkshore Grill
, 400 Beach Seafood
and The Pub Waterfront.
He grew up in Pinellas County and started his first business, a
restaurant and bar on Bay Pines Boulevard in 1989. "I guess I'm a bus
boy gone wild," Westphal says.
Albert Whitted Airport is
a fixture on the St. Petersburg waterfront. Named for pioneer pilot
Albert Whitted, the airport has been home to commercial airlines,
commercial blimps and private airplane enthusiasts.
Source: Steve Westphal, The Hangar Restaurant
and Flight Lounge