Let us do the cooking…
Flightline Restaurant (formerly The Elephant Bar Restaurant & High Sierra Grill) is located on property owned and governed by the Santa Barbara Airport. Earlier this year, the company’s ownership team brought on Warren Butler, a local restaurateur, as managing partner. The former owner of the now-closed Marmalade Café in La Cumbre Plaza immediately set out to turn things around.
Butler, owner of Butler Event Center in Old Town Goleta, has since bought the restaurant and intends to transform the place into an aviation-themed experience called The Flightline, which is far more fitting for the site than a jungle or a snow-capped peak.
“I always thought this would be a great place for an aviation-themed restaurant,” said Butler. “And it’s not only going to be about aviation. It’s going to be about the history of the airport.”
To make that happen, Butler has partnered with John Blankenship, a retired Navy pilot who runs the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. Blankenship will be lending military airplanes, photographs, aviator gear and other memorabilia, much of it from his own personal collection.
Butler says the food quality, service and consistency will be improved under his management, and he vows to provide the best drinks in town.
“People like a good drink,” he said. “They don’t like a corporate pour.”