Proud Bird Restaurant — Your daily update

The Proud Bird will still close Thursday. L.A. News Group photo by Steve McCrank.

The Proud Bird will still close Thursday. L.A. News Group photo by Steve McCrank.

The Proud Bird Restaurant at LAX will almost certainly close its dining room as scheduled on Thursday after 46 years in business. But there remains a chance it could reopen at some point.

John Tallichet, CEO of the restaurant’s’s parent company, told me Tuesday that he remains in negotiations with landlord Los Angeles World Airports. The issue remains the airport’s contention that the Federal Aviation Administration requires it to charge “market rent” to tenants. Tallichet continues to say the restaurant can’t afford “market rent,” if it’s calculated in a similar manner to say, cargo facilities. Restaurants just aren’t that profitable. He wants to work out a deal that will allow Proud Bird to stay and get a new lease.

In you missed it, I wrote a story on Sunday about the restaurant. Hundreds of folks — many dressed as if for a funeral — came for what might have been the final brunch.

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