Parkshore Grill Owner Opens New Restaurant At St. Pete Airport

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 big bash.

Marketed as a "café by day, bistro by night," the restaurant offers 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 and offers a full view of the runway from the restaurant's veranda. The eatery hosts bands from throughout the Tampa Bay region on Thursday evenings.

"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."

Westphal 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.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Steve Westphal, The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge
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