The Skyline Restaurant and Piano Lounge in New Smyrna Beach

The Skyline was a cafe and piano lounge in New Smyrna Beach front, not a town recognized for its skyline. But it was named not for a perspective of tall structures but fairly for its place at the New Smyrna Beach front airport.

It was arguably the most upscale restaurant in town, while there weren’t a whole lot of restaurants vying for the title. Even when I reviewed it, in the Dec. 8, 1996, Orlando Sentinel, I observed that fine dining dining establishments had been getting to be scarce. “The Skyline is a toss-again to the form of restaurant that used to be explained as continental, far more for its atmosphere than its menu. Eating at the Skyline is like becoming transported again in time a bit, to when going out to dinner, even a uncomplicated supper, meant placing on a little something a minor dressier than denims, sipping a cocktail just before purchasing and comforting in the subdued hues of flickering candles even though listening to a pianist taking part in Moon River.”

The Skyline occupied a making upcoming to the airport that was an aged officer’s club (that means the club was old, not the officers). The menu showcased merchandise as bold as beef Wellington, bouillabaisse and coquilles St. Jacques.

There were a quantity of tableside presentation, much too, most of them involving hearth, this sort of as steak Diane and baked Alaska flambé. But the most amazing presentation was its signature espresso.

For the coffee services, the waiter would peel an orange in just one extensive strip then pour flaming liquid down its duration into a coffee cup when holding the carafe previously mentioned his head. Even a coffee refill was a theatrical feat with the warm liquid poured from higher earlier mentioned the server’s head into the waiting around cup much under. Unfortunately, it was the times just before each individual diner experienced a video digital camera at the ready, so I just cannot clearly show you what it appeared like.

In 1999, the operator of the Skyline moved that restaurant and his Italian restaurant, Franco’s, into Riverview Charlie’s but it was by no means the exact same.

Billy’s Tap Space, a well known Ormond Seashore pub, opened an outpost there but the two spots proved as well substantially for the proprietor. Abacos Seaside Grille moved in in 2003 but it was a disappointment. Right now it’s home to Lost Lagoon Wings & Grill. I have not been, but I wonder if the Wings are a tie-in to the airport locale.

Skyline wasn’t the only location cafe overlooking an airport. In actuality the cafe at the DeLand Airport for a number of yrs was recognized as possessing these a very good burger that pilots would fly in exclusive just to have one.

But of class the grandest airport cafe was Hemisphere, which opened at Orlando Global Airport 30 several years in the past. I point out it mainly because there have been some variations there, and I’ll inform you about them afterwards this 7 days.