HESPERIA — Once a fixture at a local airport, a popular restaurant has flown the coup and is now cooking up a storm at its new location.
The Mile High Cafe, once located at the Hesperia Airport on Summit Valley Road in Hesperia, has moved to Old Town Hesperia, with many residents saying it was a smart move for the eatery known for large portions and friendly service.
John and Devynn Thompson were enjoying a “breakfast date” at the eatery Thursday when they told the Daily Press they expect the restaurant to do well despite its out-of-the-way location.
“We come here about twice a month and we also bring our employees here,” said Devynn Thompson, co-owner of Thompson Family Plumbing and Rooter. “They have a pretty good customer base so they’ll probably do well.”
Redubbed the Mile High Cafe in Old Town, the eatery is now located in the former home of Shelly’s Place, Mary Ann’s and most recently the Old Town Cafe, which opened and closed multiple times.
Aimee Chavez said her parents, Benny Chavez and Michele Lyell, decided to relocate after 12 years because of the opportunity to sign a longer lease at a larger location.
“We opened on Monday and we’ve been very busy ever since,” said Aimee Chavez, between serving customers. “A lot of business came word of mouth, especially on Facebook where people were taking photos of themselves eating here.”
Much of the same decor from the former location is at the Old Town eatery, including aircraft seats in the waiting area, photos and figurines of planes, and assorted items associated with flight.
As General Manager Paul Lyell, 34, entered data into the restaurant’s point of sale system, he told the Daily Press that his sister, Chavez, his parents, and his crew have been extremely busy with the transition.
“Old Town is a hidden gem with a lot of history,” said Lyell. “Many of our regular customers have already found us and we’re meeting new ones every day.”
The restaurant has a main seating area and a second area that includes booths, tables and a diner-style counter where customers can watch coffee brewing and cooks preparing meals in the kitchen. The eatery also has a smaller private area that seats nearly 30 people.
On Monday, former Shelly’s Place owner Shelly Drylie and her husband Gary “Griz” Drylie stopped by the restaurant to enjoy their favorite Mile High fare of biscuits and gravy and omelets.
“The place looks amazing and there's a super good vibe there,” Shelly Drylie posted to Facebook. “I'm excited and looking forward to many great breakfasts in their new beautiful location. I love home cooking.”
As the Thompsons enjoyed a vegetarian omelet and patty melt, John Thompson said his family will miss watching planes and the nearby train at the former restaurant site.
“We’ll miss the trains and planes, but this place is newer and a huge improvement over the Summit Valley Road location,” John Thompson said. “I think the great food, the atmosphere and the staff will keep people coming back.”
Aimee Chavez said the family is planning a grand opening event on Nov. 28 at the Mile High Cafe in Old Town, 8832 Orange St. in Hesperia, behind the Foremost Retirement Resort on Sultana Street.
For more information, search Mile High Cafe on Facebook or call 760-947-8844.
Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.