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LAX Theme Building restaurant gets top honors
Encounter Restaurant, housed in Los Angeles iconic Theme Building was named a top spot on the list of best airport restaurants by Frommers.com recently.
Frommers.com placed the airport restaurant on its list of top ten favorite list calling it, "... a 1960s Star Trek set gone Technicolor, serving 'art-food' (American classics in oddball visual arrangements) that's simultaneously hip and kid-friendly." when asked by USAToday.
But Frommer's is just the latest in a string of high rankings for Encounter.
Food and Wine has also given Encounter the nod, including it on its "Ultimate Airport Dining Survival Guide: Best Airport Restaurants noting "It's home to this space-age restaurant, known for 360-degree views, stylings stolen from The Jetsons and California-style dishes like organic salads and mushroom ravioli with grilled asparagus"
The 50-year-old landmark LAX Theme Building, recently finished a three-year, $12.3-million renovation, which included a unique seismic retrofit involving the installation of a rooftop Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) containing 600 tons of steel (equivalent to the weight of two Boeing 747s), which was the first time in the U.S. that a TMD was installed at the top of a building.
The restaurant was created and is operated by a joint-venture partnership between Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Inc. and Connie Bass, a Los Angeles entrepreneur and operator of the Ultimate Symphony Event Planners, a full-service event planning and gourmet catering service, and Cookies By Connie #1. As Director of Outside Sales and Marketing for the Encounter Restaurant she is responsible for local marketing efforts, community outreach and media relations. As a side dish, the Los Angeles native positions the restaurant as an entity for airport travelers, as well as for the diverse communities surrounding the airport.
Encounter's hours are: Lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The observation deck is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is located at 209 World Way at LAX. For more information and reservations, call 310-215-5151.