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LAX-adjacent Proud Bird, enjoying new life as food bazaar, unveils kids’ play area

In 2017, second-generation owner John's dad Tallichet converted the traditional dining room into six different express restaurants, where you can pick up chicken and waffles, pizza, burgers, salads, Chinese entrees — and signature restaurant Bludso’s BBQ, a staple in the South Bay for years.

The Proud Bird Restaurant — a stone’s throw away from Los Angeles International Airport — has been an institution for more than 50 years and is enjoying a new liftoff with its food-bazaar format.

In 2017, second-generation owner John’s dad Tallichet converted the traditional dining room into six different express restaurants, where you can pick up chicken and waffles, pizza, burgers, salads, Chinese entrees — and signature restaurant Bludso’s BBQ, a staple in the South Bay for years. Big-screen TVs display current sports events.

On Sunday from 12-3 pm., the Bird serves up a $29.95 buffet. Patrons can enjoy such regular menu items as brisket, pulled pork and pizza — plus made-to-order omelet and pasta stations, as well as tri-tip and Korean ribs. Non-alcoholic drinks are included in the price.

This month, Tallichet unveiled a new children’s play area in the site’s airplane park.

“Now families can come in and spend all day,” said Rebecca Winters, restaurant manager for the past three years. “Parents can get something to eat or grab a drink from the bar and watch their children have fun and see the planes flying in overhead all day long.”

Opened in 1967 by John’s dad, David Tallichet, the restaurant offered fine dining for aerospace executives and travelers, movie stars and moguls, all in LAX’s shadow. The high-end aura came complete with filet mignon and lobster, white-linen tablecloths and tuxedo-clad servers. It was often booked solid with banquets, proms, and weddings.

Tallichet, a World War II fighter pilot, populated the lot with vintage aircraft and filled the walls with vintage aviation photos and memorabilia, as well as snapshots of celebrities. A special section was dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen, an elite group of African-American WWII fighter pilots. A handful of Tuskegee Airmen still frequent the restaurant today.

But then the aerospace industry ebbed, the eatery showed its age.

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