L.A.'s next big food hall is being built right next to LAX

The Proud Bird, the aviation-themed restaurant with a view of the LAX runways, is about to transform into Los Angeles' next big food hall. The restaurant, which has been open since 1967, will start 10 months of renovations on Feb. 1. 

The 50,000-square-foot space will include a variety of food and beverage kiosks, in addition to an area devoted to food from the Proud Bird. A representative for the space said the specific vendors are still being confirmed. 

Design Development Group and Think Roth Projects will oversee the design of the space, and plan to include communal tables, lounge seating, a bar and an open kitchen area for the Proud Bird food operations.

Lauren Kyles, who was most recently the corporate executive chef for Public School 818 and 805, has signed on as the new chef of the Proud Bird. 

Those who loved watching the planes take off and land while they ate at that restaurant will be happy to learn the new food hall will feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a panoramic view of the runways. The space will also include six refurbished banquet rooms and a main ballroom. 

And the first thing people will see when they enter the hall is a suspended P-40 Flying Tiger replica and aircraft memorabilia. 

Could this be the next Grand Central Market? We'll just have to wait and see. 

11022 Aviation Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 670-3093, www.theproudbird.com.

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