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Walnut Ridge -- Shannon Johnson Reports

Region 8 Restaurant Flies the Friendly Skies

August 30, 2004 -- Posted at 6:13 p.m. CDT

WALNUT RIDGE -- It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a restaurant?

A new dining facility landed in Walnut Ridge last May, but it's not expected to really take off until next spring. Several 737’s flew into Walnut Ridge, but they didn't have any passengers onboard.

Universal Assets Management or UAM dismantles the grounded planes and sells the parts.... but one of these airliners has a very unusual final destination. When the owner of UAM comes into Walnut Ridge Airport, he always lands at the Parachute Inn. One day the owner asked how could we get a plane for our restaurant, and his response?

"'You've got it! Pick out the one you want', and this is what we got, this is our plane right here," said Restaurant Owner Donna Robertson. Robertson got herself a free airplane for her restaurant. All she had to do was choose between Southwest and Continental Airlines. And the rest is history

"It'll look just like the original airplane when you get on one at the airport," laughed Robertson. Robertson will taxi her new plane to the existing restaurant, which is already on the premises, and become an additional dining hall. The cabin will seat about sixty people for meal service, and they won't be served peanuts.

Robertson continues, "Our specialty is on the weekends, and that's catfish and seafood, that's what everybody comes for." Robertson hopes to be serving her frequent flyers in the new addition by next spring. She is meeting with airport commissioners Monday evening in order to be sure her restaurant is cleared for take-off.

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