I actually have a past with the Cable Airport cafe. I went to a private high school in Claremont in the very early 80s and when I could get off campus on the weekends, I’d spend the day on my bike and make my usual rounds to one or more of the following: a video arcade – Two-Bit Arcade on Foothill Blvd. and the Montclair Plaza arcade (before it became a Sega Center), a used book store (Adobe Used Books on the corner of Garey and Foothill), Rhino Records in the Claremont Village (the only place to buy records!), the Blue Dragon game shop in Ontario, and the Claremont Computer Center – pretty much the only place in town that had Apple II software and didn’t complain if you hung around talking about the particulars of
Somewhere in the middle of all that I’d stop for lunch somewhere and if I was biking east towards Montclair Plaza or Ontario I’d stop for a burger at the Cable Airport cafe in Upland. Pretty much your straight-up honest diner burger but as with any airport cafe the taste is substantially improved by the buzz of light plane traffic and the other customers gabbing about airplanes.
I hadn’t been back to Cable Airport since then and not surprising at all, it hasn’t changed much at all. Cable Airport is still privately-owned and the cafe, now called Maniac Mike’s, still makes terrific diner food. I opted for the “Cropduster Breakfast” with french toast, bacon, and eggs and a cheerfully infinite cup of coffee. Maybe I just had that look of “you need more coffee” or something. Completely unpretentious, terrific and the real deal. Now I just need to find a set of vintage dishes like what they have.