Airport Cafe, Urbana, OH
by Roanne FitzGibbon
When visiting the town of Urbana, Ohio, you will quickly learn that traditions are a tried and true staple of everyday life. From the pioneers of yore to successful businesses and winning sports teams, Urbana also holds some hidden treasures just waiting to be enjoyed and explored.
Established in 1805, Urbana has grown steadily and is recognized beyond the borders of the state. The diverse town has also become a well known stop over for cross country small planes and area pilots. People hungry for adventure, good jobs and a stable home are also hungry for good food. Whether you live in Urbana or are just passing through, The Airport Café always hits the spot!
The Airport Café, located at 1636 North Main Street, is on the property of Grimes Field, next to the Aviation Museum. How it all began involves a little history. Desiring to be close to his original roots, Urbana became the natural choice for entrepreneur, Warren G. Grimes and his new business in the mid 1930’s. After a successful stint with the Ford Motor Company in Michigan, he began developing lighting for aircraft. Grimes hand picked Urbana and formed Grimes Manufacturing, which employed close to thirteen hundred people over the years.
Grimes soon called Urbana home and wanted to give back to the community. He dedicated land for a small airport on August 8, 1943. Since then, it has become a place of gatherings, special events and the continuing love for aviation. Naturally, people get hungry and we all have to eat, so a restaurant on the premises soon followed. In no time at all, the Airport Café was up and running. Serving pilots their main meal of the day and catering to local tastes buds, the café remains a favorite place to dine in Urbana.
Cafe Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 7:00am - 8:30pm; Sunday, 8:00am - 2:30pm; Closed Monday