Encounter Restaurant, located in the uniquely-designed Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), has closed its doors to the public forever.
Australia’s Westfield Concession Management, owner-operator of the once-popular dining establishment, has been charged with developing new concept ideas and proposals for the space, the LA Times reported.
Airport officials have not yet been informed of any considered or impending developments.
“The problem is, it was built when bringing your family out to have dinner and watch the airplanes was a cool thing to do,” L.A. World Airports executive director Gina Marie Lindsey said.
“Passengers [now] won’t leave the terminals to have dinner there because it’s unpredictable how long it’ll take them to get through security again.”
Westfield Concession Management won the contract in 2012 to develop and manage a selection of restaurants, bars and retail stores at LAX Airport, including businesses in the Theme Building.
The Theme Building’s observation deck remains open to the public from 8am to 5pm on weekends.