SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The U.S. Government expects to announce its decision on whether to close the control tower at Felts Field in mid-June, but the restaurant in that tower’s shadow announced it will stay open.
The tower at Felts Field is among 149 on the government’s chopping block. But the Skyway Café at Felts Field will stay open. The customers and staff say they’re not about to let a control tower determine the restaurant’s future.
“You know, I don’t know how much the clientele in here comes from the airport,” Skyway Café regular customer Les Francis said. “I don’t see pilots comin’ in. I’m sure they do, but most people I see in here have nothing to do with the airport.”
“We pride ourselves on the food and that’s what brings people in,” Skyway Café lead cook Jeremy Hall said. “The planes will still be landing and taking off, so we get a lot of families out here when they bring the young kids and will watch the planes, so it shouldn’t change anything.”
The restaurant opened in the 1930s. Felts Field opened in 1927, though aviation activities in this area began in 1913. The control tower that might be closed was built in 1964, replacing the original control tower in the terminal building, which houses the Skyway Café today.