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DC-3 Gourmet diner touches down in Compton

DC-3 Gourmet at Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum in Compton serves up such gourmet dishes as Chilean sea bass, lobster tail, and ribeye steak for under $20 DC-3 Gourmet becomes a dining reality with the help of American

DC-3 Gourmet at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum in Compton serves up such gourmet dishes as Chilean sea bass, lobster tail, and ribeye steak for under $20

DC-3 Gourmet becomes a dining reality with the help of American Airlines

COMPTON DC-3 Gourmet diner is probably a venue not very many people know has a Compton address. We’re talking “gourmet” as in “5-star.”

Compton Herald | Foodie FeasterDC-3 Gourmet diner is one those creations that required imagination and a “Never-Say-Never” attitude “If you can conceive it, you can achieve it.”

That’s the belief of Robin Petgrave, at least. Petgrave is the founder and owner of nonprofit Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM), a helicopter and fixed-wing flight training program for youth, empowering them to aviation careers, based at the Compton Woodley Lewis Airport, 961 W. Alondra Blvd.

Petgrave, an expert and stunt helicopter pilot, who also owns Celebrity Helicopters, which ferries guests on tours throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, including Catalina Island, conspired with American Airlines Regional Council to create DC-3 Gourmet as a fund-raiser for TAM.

DC-3 Gourmet’s menu is truly 5-star. Photo courtesy DC-3 Gourmet

Jim Moses, American Airlines’ Managing Director at LAX, said, as American  Airlines approaches its 100th year, “We want to make sure that the next hundred years of history are rich with diversity and includes strong representation from every community throughout Los Angeles.

“The DC-3 will take on a new critically important mission, and that mission is helping inspire young aviators from Compton pursue careers in aviation,” Moses added.

The one-of-a-kind diner opened for service in July 2018.

“The DC-3 food truck has all the bells and whistles of a gourmet kitchen, compressed into a mobile food truck,” said Petgrave. “Features include a grill, deep fryer, and a condiment station. Talented professional chefs are happy to make custom orders and everything is served on real dishes, just like a restaurant. Renowned chefs are often invited to make surprise guest appearances.”

As an added bonus, guests can experience VIP treatment and sit in the original DC-3 cockpit, which remains intact, as they enjoy their delicious meal.

First-time patron Trina Bacon offered this compliment: “This is one of the best places to eat at. I loved the food and the service and atmosphere are awesome. You have to experience DC3 Gourmet. It is awesome!”

According to Airline Geeks, an aviation magazine, the fuselage of the World War II-era DC-3 aircraft is the first-ever converted into a gourmet food truck. The fuselage was found in a Nevada airplane boneyard and was transported to the museum.

The interior of the DC-3 has been converted into a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen. The original DC-3 cockpit, however, has been kept intact for diners to experience during their visit, said Airline Geeks.

Gourmet meals on the menu include Chilean sea bass, lobster tail, ribeye steak, and other custom dishes for under $20.

DC-3 Gourmet, 961 W Alondra Blvd, Compton, Calif. 90220. For hours of operation, call (310) 618-1155.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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