Airport restaurant to open soon |

Airport restaurant to open soon

Robert Stern

The Lake Tahoe Airport will soon have a new restaurant after the South Lake Tahoe City Council approved a five-year lease with Sierra Mountain Enterprises.

Owner Mike Weber estimates it will take 60 days for remodeling before the restaurant opens. It will feature California and New Orleans cuisine, with regional food and wine from Apple Hill and El Dorado County.

Weber is former president and managing partner for Camp Richardson Resort, The Beacon Bar & Grill and The Fresh Ketch Restaurant.

The restaurant won’t rely much on air traffic at the airport, which has no commercial carrier. Airport/Transit manager Mike Dikun said general aviation pilots will come to the airport to eat simply for the fun of flying. It’s called the “$100 hamburger” in the aviation world, he said.

“When word gets out how good the food is people will fly out here to eat,” Dikun said.

The city of South Lake Tahoe has met with one commercial airline to discuss service, though City Manager Dave Childs declined to name the carrier in a City Council workshop Tuesday.

City staff is also meeting with representatives from El Dorado and Douglas counties to discuss potential funding partnerships for the airport.

The last airport restaurant, the Tailspin Restaurant and Lounge, was vacated in July. Throughout the 1990s, the airport went for periods of months and even years without a restaurant.

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