The Encounter restaurant atop the iconic theme building at Los Angeles International Airport closed at the end of December when the operator’s lease ended, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.
The theme building in the center of the terminals was built in 1961 and is perhaps the most recognizable part of LAX. It was seismically retrofitted in 2010, but is essentially unchanged from when it was built.
It’s worth noting that there isn’t that much historical significance to the Encounter restaurant itself, which was operated by Delaware North and opened in 1997. Apparently, the space was renovated by Delaware North to appear futuristic, but in recent years, it has just looked dated. It needed an update.
Eventually, Castles said, a new operator likely will take over the space. I’m going to try to learn what the plans for the future are in the coming days.
UPDATE: At 8 p.m. Monday, Castles sent over this statement:
“Delaware North Corporation, operator of the Encounter Restaurant, notified us several weeks ago that they decided not to continue operation of the restaurant. We are discussing operating concepts and options with several other concessionaires.”